View Poll Results: How big is your hand

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  • 7th - Just an octave

    3 3.61%
  • 8th

    8 9.64%
  • 9th

    23 27.71%
  • 10th

    29 34.94%
  • 11th

    16 19.28%
  • 12th

    0 0%
  • 13th

    3 3.61%
  • 14th - 2 octaves anyone? Liszt?

    1 1.20%
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    Senior Member beethovenian's Avatar
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    Default How big is your hand?

    I am curious how far you people here can stretch your hand on the keyboard.

    I can only do a little bit more than an octave, 8 keys to be exact..
    But i do not think it will affect my playing much.

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    I can manage an 11th.

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    Bad poll, because it's entirely dependent on which interval. White key white key, black key black key, black white, white black...

    Besides, it's not because you can reach that it's actually an applicable stance for playing the interval loud enough for a piece of in a chod.

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    I apologise for not being clear, but i meant white key to white key.

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    I can get 11 keys. Not quite Rachmaninov's reach, but still respectable.

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    No idea with a piano but I can span from Q to P easily enough on my laptop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    No idea with a piano but I can span from Q to P easily enough on my laptop!
    Hmm i think that translate to about a 7th or 8th on the piano.

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    10 or 11, or uhh...'tab' to 'delete' on my handy board here

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    not all keyboards are the same!

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    I put 9th, but I can often reach a 10th, just not so well in the context of a piece. A 9th is the largest octave that doesn't mess up my playing.

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    More like how small is my hand . I can barely reach 9 keys.
    And now for something completely different.

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    BTW, Liszt did not have large hands. I've read an anecdote that described how he struggled to reach the 10th chords in the Adagio sostenuto of the Hammerklavier sonata. Now Rachmaninoff I've heard could legitimately reach a 14th.

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    I have pretty big hands with poor thumb flexibility, so I can only just get tenth and its hard for me to slap it out but I have to stretch from key to key so maybe 9th is more appropriate. My poor thumb just won't go out straight like it should. It inhibits my ambitions to play brahms a bit, but I kid myself in saying that I can stretch it and maybe it will get better with time.

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    I read Weber's hands were large (or maybe his fingers were just incredibly long and supple) to the degree that many of his piano works were - literally - out of reach for many performers. Perhaps it explains why so little (if any) of it entered in the repertoire for any real length (ouch...) of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    I have pretty big hands with poor thumb flexibility, so I can only just get tenth and its hard for me to slap it out but I have to stretch from key to key so maybe 9th is more appropriate. My poor thumb just won't go out straight like it should. It inhibits my ambitions to play brahms a bit, but I kid myself in saying that I can stretch it and maybe it will get better with time.
    Don't pull a Schumann!

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