Poll: how long is your hand?
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View poll results: how long is your hand?
>6 inches
5 3%
6-6.5 inches
16 11%
6.5-7 inches
16 11%
7-7.5 inches
29 20%
7.5-8 inches
28 19%
8-8.5 inches
17 12%
8.5-9 inches
11 8%
>9 inches
24 16%
Voters: 146.
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#1
I want to see how my hands compared to other people, I think my hands are in average size, but I have kind of a short pinky. Not sure how much of a factor hand size plays into playing guitar

To measure the length of your hand, measure from the bottom of the palm to the tip of the middle finger. I measured out to about 7.25 inches.

To measure the handspan, spread your pinky and your thumb as far as possible and measure it from the pinky to the thumb. 8.5 inches for me. Would be like 8.75 inches if my pinky was longer.

Also from the 12th fret, what is farthest fret you can hammer on and pull off comfortably? I can do a 12th to 20th and hammer and pull off easily.
#2
'how big is your fretting hand'

what, because people have different sized hands now?

and i can do 12th to 20th too.
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#4
Quote by laid-to-waste
'how big is your fretting hand'

what, because people have different sized hands now?

and i can do 12th to 20th too.


I don't know about you, but my fretting hand by necessity can stretch further than my picking hand.
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#6
Quote by Haanz
I don't know about you, but my fretting hand by necessity can stretch further than my picking hand.


no, i've played lefties and i can stretch just about the same after a warm up.

also, i'm practically joey's hand twin.
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#7
Quote by laid-to-waste
'how big is your fretting hand'

what, because people have different sized hands now?

and i can do 12th to 20th too.


no, but your fretting hand is probably more flexible and can possibly have a bigger span.
#8
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how is this thread stupid? It's not like we are discussing something irrevelant to playing guitar. FFS their are way more stupid threads than this one.
#9
Big enough.
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#10
7.5 inches long and 8 inches in span. I can comfortably reach 12 to 21 but with a slightly uncomfortable stretch I can manage the full 12 to 24 stretch.

I have flexible hands
#11
Quote by musicandthewave
no, but your fretting hand is probably more flexible and can possibly have a bigger span.


my left undeniably has better dexterity, but they stretch the same.
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#13
7 inches long
9 inches span
12 to 21
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#15
Quote by Edgecrsuher
7 inches long
9 inches span
12 to 21

holy hell you must have some long fingers and a small palm.
#16
7.75 inch length, 9.25 inch span. I reckon I could easily reach the 21st from the 12th but I don't have my guitar with me so I guess you'll never know.
#19
length: 6.5 inches
span: 7 inches

lol I can barely go from 12 to 20
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Last edited by guitarxo at May 26, 2011,
#20
I can do a hammer and pull of from the 12th to 20th fret as well...using only my first and second finger.
#21
Thread needs two polls. I voted 7.5-8 because that is how 'long' my hand is but span is more important in the context of this thread.
#22
All the measurements ar ein inches... I'm not familiar with that measuring unit.
This is not in the international convention for the length measurement.
The internationaly aprooved unit is the m.

Not everyone in the world is American or British dudes... keep that in mind.
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#23
Quote by NHECOS
All the measurements ar ein inches... I'm not familiar with that measuring unit.
This is not in the international convention for the length measurement.
The internationaly aprooved unit is the m.

Not everyone in the world is American or British dudes... keep that in mind.


Use an iRuler then. Not difficult.
#24
Length: Slightly more than 8 inches

Span: Slightly more than 9 inches

Frets: 12-21
Quote by NHECOS
All the measurements ar ein inches... I'm not familiar with that measuring unit.
This is not in the international convention for the length measurement.
The internationaly aprooved unit is the m.

Not everyone in the world is American or British dudes... keep that in mind.

It's not that hard to convert cms to inches.
Last edited by jimmyled at May 26, 2011,
#25
6.9 inches long
7.9 span
barely can do 12h20, still doable tho!
i've kinda short fingers, big palm
#26
I've come to the conclusion that potential playing ability has little connection to hand size.
Not that that stops me from getting extreme hand envy - oh man, when I saw Robben Ford last year!- but I have rather small hands (and especially small fingers ) and have just learnt to deal with it.

For the record -
length ~ 6 1/4 (longest finger well under 3 of that),
width just over 2 1/2,
but span still about 8 1/4 inches.
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#27
6 inches long
8 inches span

The span of my hand is freaky compared to it's length but I'd say thats from playing piano.
#30
Length: 6.7
Span: 7.7

I hate my tiny ass hands D:
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#31
Quote by musicandthewave
no, but your fretting hand is probably more flexible and can possibly have a bigger span.

Mine isn't, because I play piano. Both hands can stretch ridiculously long. Nearly 11" for both of them (rough estimate, will measure when I get around to it). From thumb and pinky is nearly a straight line through my palm, when stretched.
#34
Length: 9.5inches
Span: 11 inches

Frets 10-4 [27.5 scale]
10-3/2 [25.5]

I stretched a lot.
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#35
8 inch span.
7 inch length.

Oh and the hammer on depends on guitar position.

Standard 12-19
Classical 12-21
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Last edited by Todd Hart at May 26, 2011,
#36
Quote by suckersdream
6 inches long
8 inches span

The span of my hand is freaky compared to it's length but I'd say thats from playing piano.

High five! We can fight the oppression of large-handed musicians together.


EDIT: More properly OT, I can only reach 12-19 (but it's a classical guitar so I only have 19 frets), or on the other end 1-5 comfortably and 1-6 at a stretch.

By 'comfortably' I mean at a stretch. By 'at a stretch', I mean in danger of permanantly separating my tarsals to the wrist.
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Last edited by miss_muso~ at May 26, 2011,
#37
Idk how big my hands are, I do know that I can pull off from 12-21, and I can reach waaay further but there are no frets to be pressed on there ;(
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#38
Length: Almost 7.5
Span: 8

I can reach 1-6 easily and can stretch 1-7 if I really want to. 12-21 is no problem for me either.
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#39
Quote by offthewall91
Length: Almost 7.5
Span: 8

I can reach 1-6 easily and can stretch 1-7 if I really want to. 12-21 is no problem for me either.


So I hear you're good with your hands.


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#40
Hand length : 7.5 inches
Span: 9 inches

and ya'll have some freakishly long fingers, go join the circus you 9 inch hand having monsters.
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