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How big are your hands? (DB Forum thread)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Jordan M, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. Jordan M

    Jordan M

    May 10, 2009
    So I was wondering, how big are your hands? I know some people use regular units, but being musicians, we usually measure using intervals on a piano. Also, if you think age might be a factor, go ahead and say that too.

    I'll go first: I can stretch a P11 on a keyboard, but it's only practical for me to stretch for a Maj. 10th.

    Edit: I'm 16, so my hands might not be at full size yet.
  2. TomSauter


    Dec 22, 2004
    Kennesaw, GA
    I have a length of approximately 8 inches and a width of 3.5
  3. Tom. Your supposed to lie when the young ones start with this nonsense. You know, once PW gets a load of this, he's gonna have to be the biggest, the best and the smartest.......so why not say a length of 11 inches and a width of 4.5? Just in case he starts intimidating with his "go time" Sienfeld stuff. Yeah.That's what I'm going with.:smug:

    ...............................................................................................him and his +1,000,000,000,000. youtube schtick.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    From where to where exactly...?:confused:

    My hands merge seamlessly into my wrists and there is no cut-off point!! :p Thankfullly!!

    If I stretch my thumb and fingers out as far as possible - then there is a distance of at least 9 inches between the tip of my thumb and the tip of my smallest finger. I might be able to stretch a bit more with practice!! ;)
  5. PsychoScout


    Mar 18, 2008
    well, if you want to take frets as a reference, it's not going to work ;)

    anyways, on topic: I have tiny hands (I'd say one octave on a piano)
  6. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Thread cleaned to make it forum specific.

    To answer the question: on the piano, a usable major 10th, or an 11th that plays an extra note with the thumb and hurts. By the rules, 9 3/8" from tip of pinkie to tip of thumb. None of which means much, because it's all about technique in the end.
  7. That reminds me of my old friend, the comedian Pete Barbutti. He used to play "Holiday for Strings" on the piano with his nose. Then he'd say "You oughta see me at a stag party".
  8. Mulebagger


    Dec 12, 2007
    poppin in the corn belt
    Endorsing Artist: Zon Guitars, Tsunami Cables, DR Strings, GK
    10 1/4 thumb to pinky and 5 1/2 inches across the palm. I can really slap. I mean a face of course :) I can also clap at least 20db louder than the people around me :)

    Proper technique of course will help you stretch.
  9. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    After coming off the stage a rather fetching but VERY drunk lass came up to me and said in her best English (with an attempt at sounding sexy through the slurring) "you know what they say about guys with big hands"

    My response "Big gloves?"

    The look of confusion was worth the price of admission.

    I'll be here all week. Try the veal.
  10. bejoyous


    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    If only we could use these to play awkward intervals on bass.
  11. relacey


    Sep 18, 2004
    My left hand is 26 cm tip to tip (about 10.2 inches) The more interesting thing is that my left hand is about 1 cm longer than my right. I guess all that stretching in first position paid off.
  12. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    LOL :D I'll have the veal and a decent Chianti, please.
  13. The length my hands can stretch....really...What on earth does this have to do with anything? Sheesh. OK, where's Paulie, "It's Go Time"
  14. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    When I spread my fingers out as far as possible, my index to pinky distance is about a half inch longer on my left hand than my right hand. It's kind of a point of pride that playing bass has caused my hand to open so much. I can comfortably play a tenth on the piano, and can reach an eleventh.
  15. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    My hands are sooo big, that usually I can hear a standard played rubato once, and understand all the chord changes. Yep, they're darn big. . .
  16. Jordan M

    Jordan M

    May 10, 2009
    One of my all-time favourites.
  17. Every time I post a gig spam under this forum header it gets knock down with this kinda weird.
    Okay, since you guys are all timid and are skating around ground zero, I'll do it.
    Godammit, my hands are BIG. My fingers are LONG. My shoe size is a 12. My bass is a healthy 7/8. My arms and legs are LONG.

    My **** is GIGANTIC. :hyper::hyper::hyper:
  18. MR PC

    MR PC Banned

    Dec 1, 2007
    Sorry, no pics, no gigantic ****.:D:bag:;)
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Isn't there a truism that any time a few guys get together, it effectively turns into a "measuring contest"....:eyebrow:

  20. PsychoScout


    Mar 18, 2008
    c'mon guys, you are acting like BG players... get a grip... :bag:

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