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Post by AfroQueen on Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:36 am

I'm 15 yrs old and I have the hands of a 8 or 9 yr old... When I practice for long hours my fingers get really tight and painful espcially when I'm reaching for an octave or higher (these are so difficult for me) The more advaced music I get the more long stretches I seem to find... So is it just me or does this happen to all the piano players with small hands (its ok to tell me i'm being a baby and suck it up)? Is there a way to make the stretches easier on my hands? So help if you can please.
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Re: Small Hands

Post by 1748 on Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:30 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUx4t4W4eVY&feature=fvst
is your hand smaller then emily ??
i saw your info played piano about a year..? not enough i think
need more practise..play slowly
1st time i touch piano my hand feels small need time to flexible
when you got flexible you can play it...that why called practise fingering
tips flexible your finger to press chord exp C chord
left finger press (dont move it) CEGC with left finger 5321
so do with right hand 1235
the more you feels pain the more you GOAL but dont hurt yourself just gradually

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Re: Small Hands

Post by VictorCS on Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:36 pm

My sister has longer fingers than me, but I can reach from C to D, more than an octave. She struggles with an octave, this has to do with my fingers have been stretched while playing.

Just give it some time, and try to reach further.
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Re: Small Hands

Post by Matthieu Stepec on Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:48 pm

Hello!

First, try to stretch your hand in order to make it more flexible. Normally you should reach an octave effortlessly, if not, you really have very small hands and will have a hard time playing most of the piano repertoire.
The only way to get wider hands is to make them more muscular, which takes a lot of time. The muscles you need to develop are the ones that are between your metacarps (musculi inter ossii) which can only be trained using a diagonal pressure of your fingers.. Quite tricky to explain here but easy to show Embarassed
Most piano music won't force you to play wider chords than an octave. Chords that are wider can usually be arpeggiated Smile

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Re: Small Hands

Post by Kiwi on Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:17 pm

Don't worry. Josef Hofmann (not sure about the spelling) was known to have tiny hands and was also known to be one of the greatest virtuoso. Just keep on practicing and enjoy playing and you'll do just fine.
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