View Poll Results: What is your stretch distance from index to pinky?

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  • Below 5”

    2 9.52%
  • Between 5” to 6”

    9 42.86%
  • Between 6” to 7”

    7 33.33%
  • Between 7” to 8”

    1 4.76%
  • Between 8” to 9”

    1 4.76%
  • Between 9” to 10”

    1 4.76%
  • Above 10”

    0 0%
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Thread: Survey: Your ultimate stretch from index to pinky on fretboard

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    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?

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    Because some of us were brought up using inches, feet, & yards.

    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".
    Last edited by Croaky Keith; 05-28-2019 at 10:55 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robinboyd View Post
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    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.

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    Yes, I tend to do this as well. It’s not cheating but creativity instead. Haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkeDoxie View Post
    5.5” sounds great to me. My stretch is only 4”. 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!
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    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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by YogiTom View Post
    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...
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    "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.

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    John Colter.
    I agree to this too since I find that most of the uke players don’t play guitar too. On a out of context stuff, Ibanez has a acoustic guitar of the tenor size (17”) which I’m intrigued to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    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.

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