Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(ad)
Piano Tuning
How to Tune Pianos
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Spring 2017
(ad)
4th Finger Enigma Resolved!
Schumann's 4th Finger Enigma Resolved!
Who's Online Now
95 registered members (anotherscott, Agent88, accordeur, 36251, Almaviva, 25 invisible), 1,885 guests, and 1 spider.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 2 of 3 1 2 3
#1655240 - 04/05/11 06:03 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 369
Michael Steen Offline
Full Member
Michael Steen  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 369
Sciota, Pennsylvania
An ocatave comfortably, a ninth to play, a tenth with extreme stretch and no hope of actually playing it.


I'm getting there--note by note.
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1689487 - 06/02/11 07:58 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 72
emmov Offline
Full Member
emmov  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 72
Rachmaninoff had huge hands....

But I'm happy with mine, mind you. smile Let's see...octaves are really fairly easy, I can do a ninth with a little stretching, and I could attempt a tenth with an extremely slow tempo and lots of confidence.

#1694499 - 06/12/11 06:16 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 6
prowannabe Offline
Junior Member
prowannabe  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 6
USA
Barely 9, I feel disadvantaged. If only I could reach 10, it would make rolling those commonly 10 key spread chords so much easier.

#1698929 - 06/20/11 09:06 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 368
BadOrange Offline
Full Member
BadOrange  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 368
Banned
can do 10ths comfortably chromatically. 11ths chromatically but not really at a speed you would consider practical and only certain notes. A few i just have to do a little slide.

don't think it really gives any sort of advantage other than well you know what they say about people with big hands.

#1699922 - 06/22/11 12:54 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 46
AaronL619 Offline
Full Member
AaronL619  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 46
United Kingdom
a rather uncomfortable 9th

#1707927 - 07/05/11 05:42 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 3
klauseman1988 Offline
Junior Member
klauseman1988  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 3
4

#1714882 - 07/17/11 05:11 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 10
cindycindy Offline
Junior Member
cindycindy  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 10
New Zealand
A 9th comfortably. I can reach a 10th but I need time to prepare the stretch so usually in performance I just roll those chords.


2011 repertoire

SOLO
Bach P&F G maj book I
Chopin Etude Ab major Op. 25 no. 1
Chopin Impromptu no. 1 op. 29
Bartok 3 Burlesques op. 8
Liszt Annes de Pelerinage - Sposalizio
Haydn Sonata in b minor XVI: 32
Debussy Prelude - Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Schumann Arabesque Op. 18
#1716412 - 07/19/11 01:39 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,217
PaulaPiano34 Offline
1000 Post Club Member
PaulaPiano34  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,217
A slightly painful octave and a very painful ninth (if I want to push it)

#1718288 - 07/21/11 07:52 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 743
Saul Offline
500 Post Club Member
Saul  Offline
500 Post Club Member

Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 743
Banned
From C to the second F ..

#1719380 - 07/23/11 03:35 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 73
TonalHarmony Offline
Full Member
TonalHarmony  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 73
Texas
Originally Posted by Jeffrey Preston


Simple question really. I have bigger hands I'd presume, and I've been told I have bigger hands by many people.

I can reach up to the 10th of a scale with one hand (I don't know if that's worded right, but I can reach an octave up above C, plus 2 more notes.)

How many keys can YOU reach? Is there any exercises that you know of that are PROVEN to increase finger length? Or by first hand experience?


An octave is comfortable for me. Any farther and I fudge it.



Currently playing:

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
Mozart Sonate
Mozart's 21st Concerto Mov.3
Maple Leaf Rag
#1832373 - 01/26/12 03:40 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 2
JKiff Offline
Junior Member
JKiff  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 2
I can do a scale quite speedily in 10th's, but my left hand can do an 11th scale. I can't even stretch a 11th with my right. Strange haha 9ths are my comfortable position.

#1833058 - 01/27/12 05:51 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: JKiff]  
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 11
Parishrut Offline
Junior Member
Parishrut  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 11
AArrgghhh! Don't laugh.
I was so happy watching me and my hand grow faster than anyone else in my class. Unfortunately, it stopped growing early, and I can stretch to a tenth, but I can play comfortably only an octave.

#1873553 - 04/04/12 09:32 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 51
RandomPianist Offline
Full Member
RandomPianist  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 51
China
At the moment I can reach from C to D with both hands. A month ago I could only do C to B. smile


"Just practice diligently and you will do very well. You have five fingers on each hand just as healthy as mine."
~ J.S. Bach
#1895834 - 05/12/12 04:27 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 5
Richard Parizer Offline
Junior Member
Richard Parizer  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: May 2012
Posts: 5
Los Angeles, California
I like going for the 1st, 8th and 10th all together with one hand smile


Richard Parizer

PIano Instructor, Musician, and Audio Engineer

Great Piano Tutorial
#1898952 - 05/18/12 01:28 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 82
Mozart'sGal Offline
Full Member
Mozart'sGal  Offline
Full Member

Joined: May 2012
Posts: 82
An octave is great, but a 9th is quite a stretch.


Student/teacher
Student of 5 years

“It’s not what your are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts.”
~Oscar Levant
#1941035 - 08/11/12 08:12 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 7
9symphony9 Offline
Junior Member
9symphony9  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 7
Long Island, New York
An octave and one white key. Middle C to two D's.

#1944939 - 08/18/12 08:50 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: 9symphony9]  
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 10
Stefan_Banach Offline
Junior Member
Stefan_Banach  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: May 2011
Posts: 10
Sweden
Despite rather small hands I often use tenth cords with 5 notes for right hand, combined with octaves for left hand.

As an extreme, I´ve used 7 notes for the right hand in a chord. In a couple of arrangement I use totally 11 notes (both hands of course) in a chord.

Trying to emulate (and exaggerate) a Rachmaninovsk style.

Last edited by Stefan_Banach; 08/18/12 08:54 AM.

C. F. Gauss
#1948362 - 08/24/12 09:57 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 59
Digite1 Offline
Full Member
Digite1  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 59
my hands are big, i can play from c3 to e4 (11 keys) and if i strech it i can go up to f4.

Last edited by Digite1; 08/24/12 09:58 AM.
#1966308 - 09/29/12 03:16 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 89
MusicaMusique Offline
Full Member
MusicaMusique  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 89
8th, I envy everyone with long fingers, I find that I cannot hold the octave chords firmly. I am not happy with that.

#2299707 - 07/08/14 01:50 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: MusicaMusique]  
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 279
MarieJ Offline
Full Member
MarieJ  Offline

Full Member

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 279
Queensland Australia
Relevant to this discussion, if you haven't already seen it on YouTube, google 'Rachmaninov had big hands' ...


[Linked Image] [Linked Image]XXXVIII-XLVII

An hour or two with my Yamaha C3 and Einaudi's music - STILL my idea of happiness.
#2353737 - 11/22/14 10:36 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: TheHappyMoron]  
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 13
beebop Offline
Junior Member
beebop  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 13

Starting at middle C I can get the F in the next octave above.

Guess that 's eleven white keys....

#2358862 - 12/06/14 01:04 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 97
mc9320 Offline
Full Member
mc9320  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 97
London, UK
I can stretch to a 10th, but only for certain intervals i.e can't reach Db to F


Discover 5 strategies to write effective ads for your piano teaching business
= > Click here for your FREE guide < =

#2393315 - 03/03/15 02:45 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 211
255 Offline
Full Member
255  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 211
9th / diminished 10th

#2443830 - 07/22/15 11:40 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 18
harrrb Offline
Junior Member
harrrb  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 18
An octave plus 2 more notes.

#2446297 - 07/31/15 03:44 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 9
PaulHS Offline
Junior Member
PaulHS  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 9
Can reach from C to E easily, however on the downside I can hardly get any gloves that are long enough for my hands...


1975 Lindbergh upright acoustic
2015 Kawai MP7
#2451601 - 08/17/15 09:21 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 3
pianogoals Offline
Junior Member
pianogoals  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 3
I can reach a 9th. I can reach a 10th with a stretch. But I mainly only required octaves for my pieces.

#2465224 - 09/30/15 07:37 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 723
Michiyo-Fir Offline
500 Post Club Member
Michiyo-Fir  Offline
500 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 723
Right hand an octave max, left hand 9th stretched (kind of difficult for me to do).

The weird thing is I have pretty large hands for a girl...but my thumbs are really short for whatever reasons which is not great for playing the piano.

I wish I had at least a 10th but oh well. Roll everything is how I do it hahaha.

Last edited by Michiyo-Fir; 09/30/15 07:42 PM.

Yamaha C3, Yamaha Avant Grand N1 (sold), Steingraeber 170 (family's)
#2468306 - 10/09/15 05:37 PM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 26
jbolt91 Offline
Full Member
jbolt91  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Aug 2015
Posts: 26
I can stretch a 9th on the conventional keyboard, which means octaves and large chords are still rather uncomfortable...
But if we pianists weren't stuck with just the large 'standard' size, I could reach a 10th on a narrower 15/16 keyboard and possibly an 11th on a small 7/8 piano keyboard !

Also why do we pianists treat hand size (something very important with significant implications) like a physical competition?
http://www.smallpianokeyboards.org/

Last edited by jbolt91; 10/09/15 06:39 PM.
#2477474 - 11/05/15 10:56 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 16
PlumBlossom1 Offline
Junior Member
PlumBlossom1  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 16
New York
I can play an octave. If I really try, I can (barely) make a 9th.

Last edited by PlumBlossom1; 11/05/15 10:59 AM.
#2491310 - 12/17/15 01:26 AM Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston]  
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 101
siveron Offline
Full Member
siveron  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 101
9th white frown

Page 2 of 3 1 2 3

Moderated by  Piano World 

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World)
our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, Digital Piano Dolly, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping* on Jansen Artist Piano Benches, Cocoweb Piano Lamps, Hidrau Hydraulic Piano Benches
(*free shipping within contiguous U.S. only)
(ad)
Pearl River & Ritmuller
Ritmuller Pianos
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq 6 Out now
(ad)
Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restorations and sales
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


New Topics - Multiple Forums
New Baldwin Pianos
by Mickey24. 10/16/17 07:24 PM
Time signature Question
by NuggetSC. 10/16/17 06:58 PM
How to attach a picture
by NuggetSC. 10/16/17 06:11 PM
European versus North American piano ratings
by Hermerik. 10/16/17 04:40 PM
The spooky one month to recital thread!
by Monica K.. 10/16/17 03:26 PM
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics182,331
Posts2,665,050
Members88,982
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Check It Out!
There's a lot more to Piano World than just the forums.
Click Here to
Explore The Rest of Piano World!!
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0