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Offline johnmar78

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How big is your hands
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:10:07 AM »
Folks, just getting  bored, let me start this threads.
apprently Franz Lizst hand cast was measured from his tip of middle finger to wrist lie is 19.6cm.

Mine is 18cm  :( what is yours?

Offline patrickd

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012, 01:13:43 AM »
About 19 cm.

Offline johnmar78

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 01:22:17 AM »
About 19 cm.
high potential to be Franz Liszt... ;D

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012, 01:29:35 AM »
My hands is big enough to reach 9th.
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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012, 03:49:25 AM »
I can reach two octaves.

Yup, bigger than Rachmaninoff himself!
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Offline costicina

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012, 06:32:05 AM »
 :'( :'( :'( My hands are small, thin, childlishlike...With great difficult I reach a nineth.

But I'm the fastest chord-roller of the West!!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Offline megadodd

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #6 on: March 11, 2012, 06:55:08 AM »
I reach a 10th comfortably atleast, and have to stretch for the 11th
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Offline johnmar78

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #7 on: March 11, 2012, 07:32:31 AM »
I can reach two octaves.

Yup, bigger than Rachmaninoff himself!

Woh, Rac can play 12 white keys, and you can play two octaves.You are not human :o
 you must be master of the master Aryan ;D, show us your hands pictures. ;D

Offline thalbergmad

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #8 on: March 11, 2012, 11:32:54 AM »
Between 5 and 7 frets.

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #9 on: March 11, 2012, 04:28:32 PM »
Woh, Rac can play 12 white keys, and you can play two octaves.You are not human :o
 you must be master of the master Aryan ;D, show us your hands pictures. ;D

Lol I was joking  ;)

I can reach a 10th
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Offline j_menz

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #10 on: March 12, 2012, 03:56:46 AM »
19.25 cm using the OP measure. Funnily, I can only reach a tenth. :-[

Oh and Rachmaninoff_forever, you need more than two octaves for some Brahms chords, so you're still gonna have to roll. ;D

Incidentally, given that he marked both that the chords were to be rolled, and that pedal had to be used, Alkan obviously had some VERY strange hands in mind for the player of these chords (from Sonate pour les quatres ages), who he appears to have though might have avoided either. ::)

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #11 on: March 12, 2012, 04:20:41 AM »
18 cm. I can easily do a 10th.

Offline johnmar78

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #12 on: March 12, 2012, 07:28:46 AM »


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Menz, I think thats all black keys, the top 2 notes or bottom 2 played using a thumb...still very impressive.

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #13 on: March 12, 2012, 07:46:31 AM »
22ish cm


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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #14 on: March 12, 2012, 09:05:14 AM »
16 cm  :'( :'( :'( :'(  Please, tell me I'm not alone with this ridiculously small hand!!!!!!!

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #15 on: March 12, 2012, 09:57:27 AM »



These are only a 10th and they are rolled ..what's the big deal? Or am I totally blind?

My measurement is 19.5..

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #16 on: March 12, 2012, 07:19:56 PM »
16 cm  :'( :'( :'( :'(  Please, tell me I'm not alone with this ridiculously small hand!!!!!!!

You are not the only one! Mine measures 15 cm (well . . . 6 inches :) )

I can only reach an octave.

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #17 on: March 12, 2012, 09:12:00 PM »
But I'm sure that your nickname says the truth: I can see you little, graceful fleet fingers fly on the keyboard!!!!!

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #18 on: March 12, 2012, 10:02:51 PM »
16 cm  :'( :'( :'( :'(  Please, tell me I'm not alone with this ridiculously small hand!!!!!!!

Quit your bitching. My fiance (non-pianist) can comfortably reach a 6th, a 7th at a push. - she can also play 4 bars of chopin 10/1 (only at barely half speed though :P) - though she has to alter the left hand since octaves are so uncomfortable for her.

Offline costicina

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #19 on: March 12, 2012, 10:26:37 PM »
But it's not fair, AJ,  she has YOU...: I bet that after, say, three years of marriage, she'll be able to play Rach III, to compose a Simphony and or/improvise jazz like Thelonius Monk  ;) ;) ;) 

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #20 on: March 12, 2012, 11:28:08 PM »
These are only a 10th and they are rolled ..what's the big deal? Or am I totally blind?

It wasn't the chords, it was that he felt it advisable to specify that they were rolled, and that you should use the pedal. As if there's a choice.
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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #21 on: March 13, 2012, 12:56:57 AM »
I have relatively small hands. Before I started playing piano (which wasn't very long ago), I couldn't even reach an octave.

Now, the most I can do is an octave, and barely a ninth if I stretch on the edge of the keys.

Offline johnmar78

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #22 on: March 13, 2012, 06:49:42 AM »
I have relatively small hands. Before I started playing piano (which wasn't very long ago), I couldn't even reach an octave.

Now, the most I can do is an octave, and barely a ninth if I stretch on the edge of the keys.

no worries , i have  small hands too, I can only hit an octave ;), Bach is my best friend.

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #23 on: March 13, 2012, 08:50:59 PM »
18.8 cm  :D
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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #24 on: March 13, 2012, 09:16:03 PM »
 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

Offline thalbergmad

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #25 on: March 13, 2012, 10:58:19 PM »
Almost 20cm
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Offline ajspiano

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #26 on: March 13, 2012, 10:59:13 PM »
But it's not fair, AJ,  she has YOU...: I bet that after, say, three years of marriage, she'll be able to play Rach III, to compose a Simphony and or/improvise jazz like Thelonius Monk  ;) ;) ;) 

hahah! if in 3 years I've done those things i'll be pretty happy - particular the latter one.

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #27 on: March 14, 2012, 05:08:38 AM »
But I'm sure that your nickname says the truth: I can see you little, graceful fleet fingers fly on the keyboard!!!!!

I wouldn't say that my fingers are graceful, but fly they do. ;)  ;D

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #28 on: March 14, 2012, 06:24:28 AM »
Almost 20cm


 :o :o :o :o :o
Photos, please!!!!

Here is my RH&LH maximum extension (a nineth)  :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #29 on: March 14, 2012, 07:30:35 AM »
very impressive Costica... ;)

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #30 on: March 15, 2012, 05:54:20 AM »
:o :o :o :o :o
Photos, please!!!!

I kind of think that almost 20cm isn't amazing, and that it could be a deceptive way of expressing 17.2 cm..  such white lies wouldn't surprise me given thal's posts in general..

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #31 on: March 16, 2012, 03:18:00 AM »
My hands are not particularly large but all fingers are closer to the same length than those of most people. I think this might be an advantage. All  straight tenths are comfortable at speed except the major flat ones. The thumb can be stretched much further than in the photo to provide the extra extension.



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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #32 on: March 16, 2012, 04:41:46 AM »
This thread is getting interesting with all these photos.  I can comfortably do a 10th but I just started Grieg's Morning Mood and there are so many 11ths in that piece.  I'll have to roll them but I wonder if Grieg had gigantic hands!

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #33 on: March 16, 2012, 07:20:04 AM »
Ted, I liked your Ivory browny tanned keys ;D.

And Candlelights, Evard is a small man(152cm) with a big pair of hands, see check this link I reckon,
  his hands can hit 11 keys. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bergen_public_library/5599826329/


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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #34 on: March 17, 2012, 01:13:07 PM »
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16 cm    Please, tell me I'm not alone with this ridiculously small hand!!!!!!!

mine too
but i'm only 12
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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #35 on: March 17, 2012, 08:18:48 PM »
Well I'm 13 and I think mine is about 17,5 to 18 cm (I'm not exactly sure till where you're supposed to measure it), BUT my hands are not really large, only my three fingers in the middle are really long, but the pinky is really short, so I can kind of reach a ninth and even that I think it would be really difficult to play in a piece (cause I think I would press some other keys too).  :P

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #36 on: March 17, 2012, 08:32:37 PM »
Reach is  important but shouldn't you all concentrate on the maximum interval you can hit cleanly? And can you hit it in sequences fast? For example, Pictures at an Exhibition...
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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #37 on: March 17, 2012, 09:16:48 PM »
:o :o :o :o :o
Photos, please!!!!



A reasonably comfortable 10th with my new piano teacher looking on.

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #38 on: March 18, 2012, 12:16:36 AM »
I would kill to have both   (hand span & new teacher...)  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #39 on: March 18, 2012, 01:05:55 AM »
Spongebob says he will fly to Italy to teach you ;D

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #40 on: March 18, 2012, 02:08:51 AM »
please, please do not be viscious,,be gentle.

Yes, " little tune", we measure from tip of middle finger to your wrist line.  Franz Lizt is 19.6cm. ::)

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #41 on: March 19, 2012, 04:25:28 PM »
Hi,

I am 20 years old but I only manage to reach 8ve comfortably ???  It is pretty hard for me to reach intervals which are beyond octave. If there are a few inner notes that lie between 9th, I can't play the chord well. The result is it sounds unclean. Maybe because of the size of my hands, I can't play those pieces like Beethoven and Brahms well which require the player to project thick sound.

Best Regards,

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #42 on: March 19, 2012, 04:48:46 PM »
16 cm but I can reach a tenth(c to e) with both hands if I really stretch and only semi comfortable with a ninth.

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #43 on: March 19, 2012, 05:42:18 PM »
I'm 13 years old.
Right hand = 21cm
Left hand = 22cm

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #44 on: March 20, 2012, 06:38:07 AM »
I'm 13 years old.
Right hand = 21cm
Left hand = 22cm

 

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #45 on: March 20, 2012, 12:43:48 PM »
>:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

But that's from top of the thumb to the top of the little finger...
From the top of the middle finger to the wrist it's 19cm.

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Mussorgsky - Pictures from an exhibition.
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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #46 on: March 20, 2012, 12:46:09 PM »
And I can reach a a 10th.


Costicina, why are you mad at me????????????///  :( :(
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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #47 on: March 20, 2012, 01:33:16 PM »
I'm not mad at you, I'm just green with envy, because my hands are much smaller, and I'm not 13 anymore  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #48 on: March 20, 2012, 05:17:27 PM »

A reasonably comfortable 10th with my new piano teacher looking on.

Thal

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Re: How big is your hands
«Reply #49 on: March 20, 2012, 07:03:19 PM »
It is a Clavinova old chap.

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