PDA

View Full Version : Survey: Your ultimate stretch from index to pinky on fretboard



AustinHing
05-28-2019, 03:21 PM
So I’m curious to find out what is your maximum stretch distance from index finger to the pinky on the fretboard.

Some songs especially those chord melody types really requires superhuman level stretch.

In my case, I have ridiculously short fingers aka Baby T-Rex Hands Syndrome. My stretch is at a stupidly 5.5 inches, barely made it on for a chord shape that need to stretch from 5th to 14th fret on a soprano. I can’t play that song (Music Box by Jake Shimabukuro) beyond soprano scale due to my very limited stretch. But that’s okay for me cos I’m a soprano addict.

If ok, just humour me by sharing your stretch distance to confirm I do have very short stretch. Thanks!

Edit:
Conversion list
5” = 12.7cm
6” = 15.24cm
7” = 17.78cm
8” = 20.32cm
9” = 22.86cm
10” = 25.4cm

UkerDanno
05-28-2019, 03:56 PM
3 frets...:D :shaka:

UkerDanno
05-28-2019, 03:56 PM
maybe four...;-D

bratsche
05-28-2019, 03:59 PM
Mine's 5.5 also, and I prefer baritones.
Do I wish it was more? Yeah, sure, but you know how that works! :rofl::biglaugh:

bratsche

AustinHing
05-28-2019, 05:16 PM
Mine's 5.5 also, and I prefer baritones.
Do I wish it was more? Yeah, sure, but you know how that works! :rofl::biglaugh:

bratsche

Wow, there are more small hands folks than I thought. Or as of now. I did got a baritone guitarlele and tried finger style on it and failed miserably. I’m okay for general strumming though on the bari.

AustinHing
05-28-2019, 05:26 PM
maybe four...;-D


I Guess you are talking about the lower frets (1 to 4) on a tenor scale?

UkeDoxie
05-28-2019, 05:44 PM
5.5” sounds great to me. My stretch is only 4”. Little kids have bigger hands than me. Gotta love being short!

bratsche
05-28-2019, 06:49 PM
Wow, there are more small hands folks than I thought. Or as of now. I did got a baritone guitarlele and tried finger style on it and failed miserably. I’m okay for general strumming though on the bari.

The music I most like to play (hint: see my avatar) is full of chords that are too big for my hand to reach, so I roll them - shifting my hand quickly to reach the top notes from a higher position ("shift happens", as they say!) Or if that is not possible, I "cheat" and re-voice the chord to a more accessible fingering. Sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do. :D

bratsche

YogiTom
05-28-2019, 07:28 PM
7” comfortably here, ~7-3/4” if I reeeeeeally stretch, but I don’t think I could practically use that extra distance.

I feel right at home on larger scale, smaller body configurations and do enjoy the extra reach I am blessed with. That said, I don’t practice many pieces that require much beyond 4-5 fret stretches despite arranging some pretty brutal jumps in my spare time...:rolleyes:

ukantor
05-28-2019, 07:57 PM
"Wow, there are more small hands folks than I thought."

Possibly not typical of the general population. Could be that people with small hands are more likely to consider the uke. Wilfried Welti has very large hands. I remember him writing that he could stretch from the first to the twelfth fret! He assumed that was why ukes (sops) are made that size. I can manage first to fifth, on a soprano.

I believe Rachmaninov had enormous flippers, but he was not renowned for his ukulele skills.

John Colter.

robinboyd
05-28-2019, 09:26 PM
I had to go searching for a really old tape measure to find on the measured in inches. Why can't you just use cm like the rest of us?

Croaky Keith
05-28-2019, 10:50 PM
Because some of us were brought up using inches, feet, & yards. :p

It's like I always feel short changed at only having 100 pence to the pound, it used to be 240 pennies. ;)

Edit: Usually when one talks about hand stretch, they are referring to thumb tip to pinky tip, mine's 9". But to cover strings, using index to pinky, I'm just over 6".

AustinHing
05-28-2019, 11:28 PM
I had to go searching for a really old tape measure to find on the measured in inches. Why can't you just use cm like the rest of us?

And here you go :)
5” = 12.7cm
6” = 15.24cm
7” = 17.78cm
8” = 20.32cm
9” = 22.86cm
10” = 25.4cm

AustinHing
05-29-2019, 12:04 AM
The music I most like to play (hint: see my avatar) is full of chords that are too big for my hand to reach, so I roll them - shifting my hand quickly to reach the top notes from a higher position ("shift happens", as they say!) Or if that is not possible, I "cheat" and re-voice the chord to a more accessible fingering. Sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do. :D

bratsche

Yes, I tend to do this as well. Itís not cheating but creativity instead. Haha

AustinHing
05-29-2019, 12:15 AM
5.5Ē sounds great to me. My stretch is only 4Ē. Little kids have bigger hands than me. Gotta love being short!

I though I got it bad but... now I feel better. Bleh! Just kidding!

Jarmo_S
05-29-2019, 12:31 AM
Reach is not he only thing, on my concert I can reach from 1st fret to 8th fret just fine. And i'm in the second category. with short fingers too.
On guitar I found always the Bb chord, barre on first fret and other fingers on 3331 top strings, quite difficult, but managing because it is needed.

It is your threaded E chord just one fret lower and with much bigger space in frets with guitar, that 4442. I can play it fine with ukulele, but almost never do, because I use the easy 1x02 2 finger chord. Muting C string with index finger.
Another hard chord for us reintrant uke players is C#m, 1104. I can play it just fine, but I seldom do. I instead play 110X, muting the A string with my hand.
Those are the only 2 basic chords I use the muting technique. Because we can :)

ukantor
05-29-2019, 12:58 AM
C#minor - I prefer 1444. Uses all the strings, nice clean sound, not difficult to finger with my small, surgically altered left hand.:)

John Colter

AustinHing
05-29-2019, 01:02 AM
7Ē comfortably here, ~7-3/4Ē if I reeeeeeally stretch, but I donít think I could practically use that extra distance.

I feel right at home on larger scale, smaller body configurations and do enjoy the extra reach I am blessed with. That said, I donít practice many pieces that require much beyond 4-5 fret stretches despite arranging some pretty brutal jumps in my spare time...:rolleyes:

Well sometimes it just so happened that a song you really like, have a part that requires a good stretch. In my case, I have plenty of such songs, though it may be a normal stretch to others.

AustinHing
05-29-2019, 01:14 AM
"Wow, there are more small hands folks than I thought."

Possibly not typical of the general population. Could be that people with small hands are more likely to consider the uke. Wilfried Welti has very large hands. I remember him writing that he could stretch from the first to the twelfth fret! He assumed that was why ukes (sops) are made that size. I can manage first to fifth, on a soprano.

I believe Rachmaninov had enormous flippers, but he was not renowned for his ukulele skills.

John Colter.







John Colter.

I agree to this too since I find that most of the uke players donít play guitar too. On a out of context stuff, Ibanez has a acoustic guitar of the tenor size (17Ē) which Iím intrigued to get.

Jarmo_S
05-29-2019, 01:24 AM
C#minor - I prefer 1444. Uses all the strings, nice clean sound, not difficult to finger with my small, surgically altered left hand.:)

John Colter

Your C sharp root note is then quite high. 1104 and my easier alternative sound better to me though.
Hope we are not digressing too much of the main topic, I don't think, because they are not the easiest chords.

ukantor
05-29-2019, 07:00 AM
It seems quite extraordinary when you can only do half that number of frets!

John Colter.

tonyturley
05-29-2019, 07:11 AM
My fingers are long enough, but my hand flexibility isn't where it should be, despite 20 years of guitar playing. A stretch from 3 to 7 on a 25.4" scale guitar is just doable for me. Lots easier on a baritone or tenor.

pix.fairydust
05-29-2019, 09:53 AM
6" is about my limit, just over if I really push it. But then I'm a girl with small hands. I'm working on getting more stretch, strength and flexibility.

AustinHing
05-29-2019, 01:38 PM
Wow the poll result really surprised me. I’m actually in the mainstream category! And I can’t even play a tenor sized uke right due to my stretchability. But seems like plenty of UU members are tenor players which kinda puzzled me. My guess is that the bigger hands folks have not put in their numbers yet. :)

Croaky Keith
05-29-2019, 11:06 PM
I have 'average' male hands, & my stretch, index to pinky is probably the norm. :)

hollisdwyer
05-29-2019, 11:12 PM
I’ve been working on playing the Harry Lime Theme from the movie The Third Man. There a part where you have to stretch from the 2nd to the 6th fret on the G string. Can’t do it on my tenors but can on my Concert.

AustinHing
05-30-2019, 03:53 PM
I guess having large hands don’t necessarily means having a wider stretch than the smaller hands.
So glad that ukulele comes in so many sizes. Thanks for all the votes!