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#918794 - 03/14/07 07:08 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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6'3''.

I can play a 9th comfortably, and stretch an eleventh. My hands are small for my size, I am told.


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#918795 - 03/14/07 07:23 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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I`m 6'1" and I can play a ninth comfortably but no more than that.


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#918796 - 03/14/07 07:31 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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I'm 5'5 and can play 9ths ...tenths in white keys only..so I guess my hands are big in relation to my height..

#918797 - 03/14/07 07:53 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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6'5, unfairly long fingers.


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#918798 - 03/15/07 04:36 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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USA--do the long fingers offer you a wider span? Usually this has something to do with the width of the palm-I find larger hand pianists complain to me that they have more difficulty negotiating the little figures in Bach, Mozart and double notes. Octaves, no problem.

#918799 - 03/15/07 03:41 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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That is confidential....


SHORT!!!!!!! shocked


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#918800 - 03/15/07 03:49 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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6'2"
I am unable to find a piano bench which cranks up high enough so I sit on top of a cushion as well (actually it's a faux leopard skin cat bed which my black cat sniffed at once and found wanting somehow and never looked at again)


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#918801 - 03/16/07 06:56 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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Remember--Alicia de Larrocha played it all--even Rach 3 and those difficult Spanish pieces with huge stretches.

#918802 - 03/19/07 09:14 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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6'5, unfairly long fingers.
You've posted twice laugh .

Bulow barely reached an octave.

Dan


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#918803 - 03/19/07 09:33 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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I am just beginning to play the piano, so I hope I can get an extra key after a lot of practice. The sad situation at the moment, however, is that I can barely reach C-D :-( How to play piano like that???

#918804 - 03/23/07 11:02 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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5'7" (Hands can take a 10th)

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Remember--Alicia de Larrocha played it all--even Rach 3...
True, but I do not believe that recording stuck around the catalogue very long. As far as I know, it has never been reissued, and it never pops up on anyone's short (or long for that matter) list of great Rach 3's.


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#918805 - 03/23/07 11:46 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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5'10" (Hands span a 10th comfortably, and a 12th, if I drop my wrists and really stretch)


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#918806 - 03/23/07 11:52 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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somewhere in the space-time co...
180 cm

I can reach a tenth from the outer edges of the keys without feeling pain in the wrist.


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#918807 - 03/23/07 12:51 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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5'8" - 10th, 11th if I stretch hard enough


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#918808 - 03/28/07 06:19 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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How come you all have such large hands!?!?

#918809 - 03/28/07 06:39 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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Good stretching exercises!!

#918810 - 04/22/07 08:32 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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hmm, why not


6'4''
I can reach a thirteenth c4 to a6

...and I thought that was going to help me play the piano. It's just more noose from which to be hung.


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#918811 - 04/30/07 01:37 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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So Bryan, have you had any trouble with the descending octave glissando in the last mvt of Beethoven's Waldstein or near the end of Balakirev's Islamey ascending octave glissando in octaves? I actually play the Waldstein octave glissando as regular octaves--lightly and legato--as long as the action isn't terribly heavy.

#918812 - 04/30/07 01:56 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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168 cm /5'6", can uncomfortably reach a ninth - and the Toyota Yaris is very fine, no trouble minding the head, enough space for knees etc. :p


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#918813 - 04/30/07 02:00 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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I'm 5'9".

My hands are rather square - some people might even say my fingers appear short.

However I can easily span a 10th (as long as both notes are either white keys or black keys).

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OK Jason, they can 'take' a 10th, but can they dish them out? laugh

#918814 - 04/30/07 02:04 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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I can reach a thirteenth c4 to a6
So can I.....with 2 hands. laugh

#918815 - 05/02/07 03:23 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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So Bryan, have you had any trouble with the descending octave glissando in the last mvt of Beethoven's Waldstein or near the end of Balakirev's Islamey ascending octave glissando in octaves? I actually play the Waldstein octave glissando as regular octaves--lightly and legato--as long as the action isn't terribly heavy.
Although I know about the technique you refer to, I am not advanced enough to have confronted it in the above works or any others. Although I've been making daily progress, I am sure it will be a couple more years before I will encounter that particular problem.

When I improvise, I have much fun, however, with octave and tenth glissandi. It's an easy fit, assuming there aren't too many accidentals.

To be honest, I just don't understand how one can play glissandi so lightly. I'm a bit of a banger. (the one idiom where this is bad LOL)


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#918816 - 05/10/07 05:17 AM Re: How tall are you?  
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I would think you should play lots of Rachmaninoff--the monster chords should fit like a glove--compared to the hands of Alicia deLarrocha, who played the Rach 3! I would enjoy watching you play the Chopin Octave Etude and the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6--and definitely the octave varioation in the Brahms/Paganini Book 1!

#918817 - 05/20/07 10:57 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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How come you all have such large hands!?!?
Hand yoga?? laugh
maybe we are all just stretchy people


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#918818 - 06/02/07 04:33 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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Still waiting Stormcrow... found a ruler yet?? or maybe you really ARE only four feet tall with huge hands??!!!
Kinda like this little graemlin dude only worse - thumb
Wow, haven't been here for a while... eek So you still want to know eh? laugh Well then, since your so persistent here goes... To aswer your question I'm still growing, I’m currently 6’1 ½ weigh in at 208 lbs.


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#918819 - 06/03/07 07:33 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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YAY finally i know... my mind is at rest that there aren't too many freakish huge handed people out there.
Currently 6'1 1/2 and still growing... careful or you'll turn out like my friend, he's 6'6 !!! and I have no idea how far he can stretch smile


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#918820 - 06/06/07 04:59 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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5'3..yeah...being petite sucks for real


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#918821 - 06/11/07 01:07 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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6'9"


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#918822 - 06/11/07 01:10 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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6'9" and I should mention I can play a 12th in a song and reach a 13th.

My problem is that my fingers are wide enough that I have a hard time playing in between the black keys. Any pointers on that?


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#918823 - 06/11/07 11:33 PM Re: How tall are you?  
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glue paddle pop sticks to your fingers when you play??? laugh


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