View Full Version : How the heck does he do it??

09-17-2011, 05:11 PM
I'm watching this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdU9Z7N_EVM) of Jake, and see he plays a chord - at 2:18 into the video - where he has his index finger on the second fret and his pinky on the ninth fret.

Now I always thought I had pretty big hands/long fingers. But I find this stretch virtually impossible - on a tenor. Have renewed respect for him. (Can any of you do this easily?)

09-17-2011, 05:47 PM
Beautiful song and beautiful rendition!!!

09-17-2011, 06:33 PM
HOLY! I don't think the average human hand has that much flex to spread THAT far. The further I spread my fingers, my index and pinky start pointing inwards towards my palm. Jakes probably double jointed. :p

09-18-2011, 12:42 AM
thats a beautiful piece

as far as streching, not to knock the guys talent, but I've seen guitarist do wide interval scales and arpeggios far greater than pictured in that video.
i myself, from playing them for 20+ on guitar, when I spread my fingers have about a 2 inch greater reach on my left hand as compared to my right. so with a lot of training it can be done. but be careful of your wrist, if you notice he has got his at quite an angle to achive it, a lot of players do this, and i think it is damaging and may have led to some of my wrist problems. I've altered my style to minimize that.

09-18-2011, 02:22 AM
It can be done! I did it :)

Wait till you see what Kalei does (Index on the first fret, E string, pinky on the 10th fret, A string)

09-18-2011, 03:34 AM
I've tried, can't do the stretch. A little too much for me. UU memeber UkeJon posted a video of his arrangement of Hallelujah (based off of Jake's but with a few changes). His arrangement doesn't use the big stretch so it's a little easier. Here's a link:

Hallelujah (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXYIHoERQDs&feature=channel_video_title)

09-18-2011, 04:05 AM
In Uke minutes 16, Aldrine showed the similar tech of finger stretching warm-up,

09-18-2011, 08:11 AM
Thanks for both the links, folks. (Aldrine seems to be able to go over ten frets. I'm inspired :-)

09-18-2011, 08:47 AM
That's why I like concert necks...

09-18-2011, 09:12 AM
The stretch isn't so bad...try using your thumb to fret the string at the 2nd fret if your index can't reach.

09-18-2011, 09:20 AM

0:43 This, by far is my worst stretch ):