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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #1832373
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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.

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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: JKiff] #1833058
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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.

Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #1873553
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At the moment I can reach from C to D with both hands. A month ago I could only do C to B. smile


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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #1895834
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I like going for the 1st, 8th and 10th all together with one hand smile


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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #1898952
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An octave is great, but a 9th is quite a stretch.


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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #1941035
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An octave and one white key. Middle C to two D's.

Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: 9symphony9] #1944939
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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.

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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #1948362
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my hands are big, i can play from c3 to e4 (11 keys) and if i strech it i can go up to f4.

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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #1966308
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8th, I envy everyone with long fingers, I find that I cannot hold the octave chords firmly. I am not happy with that.

Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: MusicaMusique] #2299707
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Relevant to this discussion, if you haven't already seen it on YouTube, google 'Rachmaninov had big hands' ...


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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: TheHappyMoron] #2353737
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Starting at middle C I can get the F in the next octave above.

Guess that 's eleven white keys....

Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #2358862
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I can stretch to a 10th, but only for certain intervals i.e can't reach Db to F

Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #2393315
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9th / diminished 10th

Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #2443830
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An octave plus 2 more notes.

Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #2446297
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Can reach from C to E easily, however on the downside I can hardly get any gloves that are long enough for my hands...


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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #2451601
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I can reach a 9th. I can reach a 10th with a stretch. But I mainly only required octaves for my pieces.

Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #2465224
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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.

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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #2468306
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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/

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Re: How many keys across can you stretch? [Re: Jeffrey Preston] #2477474
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I can play an octave. If I really try, I can (barely) make a 9th.

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