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Jaco's Hands

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Eargasm, Mar 23, 2004.


  1. Eargasm

    Eargasm

    Jan 27, 2004
    Fellow musicians,

    Everyone says Jaco had big hands, but does anyone know any rough measurements? Truthfully, I don't think anyone went up to Jaco and was like, "dude, hold out your hand, I wanna measure it," but I might be wrong. Who knows. :smug:
     
  2. hmm, why dun you post a poll on how big are TB member's hands instead? :hyper:
     
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Given what I've seen him do, compared to what I can do(I have big hands) I'd say they were about 10 inches thumb to pinky
     
  4. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Been done. Unless you're joking.
     
  5. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    You know what they say...??

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
     
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    ....about guys with big hands?






    THEY WEAR BIG GLOVES! :p
     
  7. McHack

    McHack

    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Hand size, eh?

    I'm 5'9" & can palm a basketball... Is that big enough to play the bass?
     
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    I'm there too, just an inch shorter though.
     
  9. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    It's interesting, because palming a basket ball doesn't take hand size as much as it takes gripping it in such a way. ya know?

    besides, hand size really doesn't matter too much in bass playing, it can help you do some things, but it won't give you any definite advantage over someone who has smaller hands but more conviction, ya know?
     
  10. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    true. Have you seen Adam Nitti's hands? Tiny, but man that cat can do stuff that makes my head spin off... :eek:
     
  11. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    this is statement is true too
     
  12. McHack

    McHack

    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    I completely agree, I was trying to dispell a myth.

    Hand size might give an advantage, but over all doesn't mean squat... Well, it does mean I have a helluva time trying to play my sons Ibanez Roadstar II, guitar.
     
  13. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I think the ideal hand situation would be to have a smaller plucking hand, and a bigger fretting hand.

    personally, my fingers get in the way sometimes while slapping and such. and you don't really need long fingers to lay a groove with your plucking hand. So it goes both ways I think, smaller hand people have some slight advantages too.
     
  14. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Bassists sounds good. OT is for none music related topics.
     
  15. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    I was hanging with Felix Pastorius a couple weeks ago....and his hands look exactly like his dads! Same finger shape, same double jointed thumbs....SPOOKY!! ANyways, Felix is 6'6"....so his might be a little bigger than his dad's.....but I saw Felix stretching to a few notes that made me look twice.....he's got a 6-7 fret reach in the lower registers!!

    But, yes....Adam Nitti, Victor....small hands. Even Steve Bailey has relatively small hands and he's navigating a 6 string fretless!

    Aloha, Garey
     
  16. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    let's try Misc.

    it's all in how you use it!
     
  17. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Y'all mods are CRAZY man, CRAZY :p


    WR, there are a multitude of elective surgeries that could acheive that "ideal hand situation ".
     
  18. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    whose crazy now! :eek: :p
     
  19. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I'm still amazed that he does those 'hazard' exercises on that thing.

    but then again, his 6 string has very tight string spacing, but still..wow.
     
  20. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I would say my hands are medium sized. I think its an allright size. Big enough to let me do the common stretches but sometimes they come up a bit short on some extremely long stretches, in which case i just simply.. move my hand. So it isnt that bad.