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stretching an octave
#916356 04/24/07 07:15 AM
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I'm a girl so I can't stretch an octave, most girls can't but I've seen a few who can..girls, how many keys can you stretch? - Sally

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I can almost stretch to about nine and a half. Not very impressive, but oh well.


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can stretch 8 comfortably...and 9 with some strainining.

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does it have to do with height as well though? I am nearly 5'9" so pretty tall for a chick, stands to reason that I would have larger hands than a chick who is only 5 feet tall
(unless she is one of those four foot people with giant hands I was talking about in the "how tall are you?" thread)


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I can make an octave (I'm 5'5" tall for what it's worth), but only on the edges of the keys and probably not the best form. As time passes, however, I am finding that the stretch progressively, albeit very slowly, becomes more comfortable. There has been some discussion on hand size here. If you run a search in the forums, you will find some help for dealing with or improving your stretch.

Tina


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You are 5'9'' and can stretch 11 notes? I am 5'7'' but can only manage 8 :s. My hands are small then. :p

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5'1". I can do 9 pretty easily. My hands aren't particularly large but I've made an effort to increase my stretch, and I play several pieces with octave sections. That's helped a lot too.

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maybe I'm just stretchy:)


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A 12th if I stretch, but I'm 15 and my hands are still growing. You just need to stretch your hands often and your span will increase.

But just don't do a Scriabin and wreak your hands!

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I get complaints from students that if they don't do the stretching exercises or practice for a few days, they have to do so to achieve their usual stretch.

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#916367 07/26/07 10:49 AM
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Well, I'm 5'3".
Just as LSW said, I also can stretch 8 comfortably and 9 with some strainining.

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#916368 07/28/07 10:35 AM
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Muzzz, you must be one big girl! laugh


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#916369 07/29/07 01:26 PM
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1 octave...if you can't stretch an octave then do finger exercises and learn pieces that are not in your comfort space, that's what i do


Mastering:Chopin Etudes op.10 nos.8&12 and op.25 no.1, Chopin Scherzo no.4 in E major op.54, Mozart Sonata in B flat major K.333& Khachaturian Toccata
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I can almost do a 10 comfortably, but it usually takes some strain.


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I'm a guy, at 5 foot 9 (doesn't really count I know) and I can stretch from a C to the next E, but at that, I'm basically hitting other notes around it because my hands so low to the keyboard. Comfortably I can stretch from a C to the next D

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I have small hands so i can do an octave with a little bit of straining...


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I'm a 5' woman, can stretch an octave (oh how I'd love to stretch a 10th). I confess I hadn't realised it was a problem for anyone who wasn't smaller than myself. I think it would drive me crazy not being able to...
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I can stretch up to a minor tenth.

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I can reach an octave, it's there but it's a STRETCH.


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