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  1. johnmar78

    johnmar78 New Member Piano Society Artist

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    I am impressed with all your hand spans, so as Chris"span pictures",
    I just measured mine. Both lh and right are 99% the same.

    From wrist to end of middle finger= 18.5 cm

    4th and fifth stretch = 21.5 cm.

    width of plam = index to pinky=8.5cm.

    So far, this is what I called a small pair hands??? what you think?
     
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    Re: Pobrcito

    Your playing points out beautifully the fact that hand size has relatively little to do with pianistic facility. (you play good)

    Hey I know what this arrow is for; it means to look this way. :arrow: :lol: (Is there one that points to the left :?:)

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  3. Anonymous

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    I've got very small hands. :(

    From wrist to middle fingertip is 16.2 cm, span is 19.7 cm

    The span from my thumb to my 4th finger is 20.1 cm, thumb to middle 19.5 cm, and thumb to forefinger 17.8 cm.

    The span from my 4th finger to my fifth is 7.6 cm, 3rd to 4th 7.7 cm, 2nd to 3rd 10.3 cm, 2nd to 4th 10.9 cm, 2nd to 5th 13.9 cm, 3rd to 5th 11.5 cm.

    Width of palm is 1.7.
     
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    So, you're a six month fetus? :lol:

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    Oh, Pete. You're bad! :lol:
     
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    For me, wrist to findertip is about 20 cm in both hands. RH span is 24.5 cm and LH span is 25 cm.
     
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    waha :lol:
    sorry, I mean 7.6 cm...
     
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    I've seen a lot if videos of classical pianists and I would have to say that Van Cliburn's hands are unbelievably large, followed by those of Michelangeli. Barenboim's and Gilels' seem to be about average. Arrau, for being very short supposedly had huge hands. He could stretch a 13th whereas I can barely make a 9th. One thing I have noticed about the really good pianists (I am NOT a really good pianist) is that they all have rather long pinkies compared to mine.

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    excellent observations, how about Mozart...and Chopin....and Ashkenazy....there hands are rather small than the above you mentioned. Hummmmm, I think....brian counts too..bigger :lol: :lol: the forehead, or longer ear lobs...the clever you gets :lol: :lol:
     
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    SMALL HANDS -

    Wrist to fingertip - 17.5 cm

    Full stretch (as picture above - 20 cm.

    I can play useful 9ths, but never manage 10ths without a hop.
     
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    Hi Paradisi,

    Your length to your middle finger is longer than mine but your thumb to fifth finger is the same. I also reach a 9th with no problem and cannot go to a 10th. However, I now have a bit of a problem in that I used to be able to put down octaves without even thinking about them. Meaning - my hand naturally 'remembered' how that stretch felt. But I've been playing a lot of music with 9ths the past few months and now my hand has 'forgotten' the feel of an octave. I'm making more mistakes because of that.
     
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    use your 4th finger and thumb to play an octave
     
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    That's what I try to remember to do when going from white to black key octaves.
     
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    Hi Pianolady

    I hardly ever do songs with lots of 9ths, once when doing a song with too many big stretches, my hand got a strange lump by the knuckle - doctor said it was nothing, but I've been leery of doing too BIG of a piece since then! (It did go away.)

    Also - nice name! I tried to sign in with that as that's what I get called all the time (I play for our school's choirs - so when they see me elsewhere it's "YOU'RE THE PIANOLADY!"
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Oooh, that sounds bad! I know a woman piano teacher who developed a 'trigger finger'. I think that's what it is called. Her finger got stuck in a bent shape and she could not move or straighten it. She got a cortisone shot in the finger and then was able to move it, again. But still - things like that are scary.
     

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