#1
Anybody here play the piano? I'm trying to learn moonlight sonata but I'm having real difficulty with playing the octaves because I have such small hands, anyone got any advice?
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#2
Oooh I could play that like a couple o' months ago.
Not played piano/keyboard for 6 months now though...

Just practise, and keep on stretching your fingers.
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#3
move your hands up towards the black keys more

so instead of playing with hands just on white keys.. slide them up so they reach more towards the top of the black keys
#4
ya you just have to adapt to the stretch
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#6
ive played for 12 years and had trouble with it because of smaller hands as well. How many steps away from the octave are you?
#7
You must have really tiny hands- mine are small and I can play ninths.

Anyway, if you can't reach the octave intervals, I remember most of the first movement uses a lot of sustain pedal, so you should be able to just arpeggiate the chords.
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#9
I cant even contemplate ninths haha I've been playing 4 years but with my hands fully stretched out as far as they can go my left hand is 7 keys apart fairly comfortably from thumb to pinky but my right hand is 6 at a push, Yes I do have very very small hands haha

I had a ct repair and ganglion removal done on my right hand last may and there is some keloid from the centre of my palm to about 2 inches down my wrist which restricts the amount of movement and reach from thumb to pinky as well, obviously this makes playing the piano a little more difficult.

I'm sure there must be some exercises that can help.
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#10
Jeez, i never thought I had that bigger stretch, but I can reach 11th, 12th in a crappy position.
But yeah, just keep trying.
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#11
There isn't really a magic secret. Your hands will get stronger and more flexible with practice.

For a song like Moonlight Sonata, the sustain pedal should make it relatively easy to arpeggiate, as rabidguitarist already noted. When you arpeggiate further than you can reach, just let your hand smoothly glide over the keys while your fingers are hitting their notes. A gentle sweeping motion back and forth will give you more range with minimal inhibitions.
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