#1
ive noticed my friends who have smaller hands than i do can stretch a whole lot further on guitar. so it got me thinking, how much flexibility vary in certain people.

so whats your hand length and how far can you reach on the neck (normal scale size)?
#3
I've observed that usually people with larger hands can stretch more.

I can go from the 1st fret to the 5th fret with some difficulty.
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#4
I can go between the 1:st and 5:th with no difficulty on my baritone, I have pretty large hands. I would say that if a person can stretch longer with small hands it's just on an individual level, i.e. he is just nimbler than you.
#5
I have fairly large hands. Can reach index and ring finger or pinky from 1st to 5th comfortably. Index and pinky from 1st to 6th uncomfortably... not that there's really ever any need for it.
#6
Stretching comes down to technique - if your technique is good you should be able to stretch as far as anyone else.
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#9
i have fairly big hands and can do a clean 1 to 6 fairly easily and a clean 1 to 7 at a push.
#10
1st to 5th easily 1st to 6th not easily
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#11
I have fairly small hands I think.. Maybe they're average, I don't really know.

I would say 1st to 5th is pretty average, and it's as far as I could go 'comfortably', without practice..
#12
I probably have bigger hands than Shawn Lane but I can't do this at all:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f2Jq10j1ms

Really it's a combination of length and stretchiness.
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#13
On bass I can comfortably go from fret 1 to 5. 6 if I must, but thats sketchy. My hands don't seem large.
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1st to 12th in 2.3 milliseconds.
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#16
I have small girly hands but I can stretch my pinky to thumb at around 180 degrees. I think that's because people with small hands have to compensate their size for flexibility.

I actually have chimp hands. Big palms short fingers
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#17
I have normal size hands but real long fingers. I can do 1st to 6th no problem. If i have to I can muster the occasional 7 fret stretch
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#18
I have tinier hands than a lot of girls. That's not a good thing, since a lot of girls find huge manly hands sexy.

I can stretch from 1 to 6 on a Gibson scale neck.
#19
The longer your fingers are, the greater potential you have to reach further. However, people with ridiculously tiny-arse hands (like myself) are often motivated to strive to stretch further, just to prove they can, whereas those with longer fingers don't have that motivation, so unless they are otherwise driven, they don't bother or try to reach further, because they don't generally have to.

It's like in sport. We used to have one very tall girl in my volleyball team. who was actually a terrible blocker/outside, because she never jumped. She was already tall, so she didn't have the inclination to jump further, though that would have made her a killer attacker. Everyone else, who spent their time peering up at the top of the net through the misty clouded heights (okay, I'm exaggerating here) had to jump, so tried harder, and ended up having far better jumping reaches than the tall girl ever did.

More psychology than a mathematical size:flexibility correllation.
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The longer your fingers are, the greater potential you have to reach further. However, people with ridiculously tiny-arse hands (like myself) are often motivated to strive to stretch further, just to prove they can, whereas those with longer fingers don't have that motivation, so unless they are otherwise driven, they don't bother or try to reach further, because they don't generally have to.

It's like in sport. We used to have one very tall girl in my volleyball team. who was actually a terrible blocker/outside, because she never jumped. She was already tall, so she didn't have the inclination to jump further, though that would have made her a killer attacker. Everyone else, who spent their time peering up at the top of the net through the misty clouded heights (okay, I'm exaggerating here) had to jump, so tried harder, and ended up having far better jumping reaches than the tall girl ever did.

More psychology than a mathematical size:flexibility correllation.


That's a good way of looking at it but it didn't apply to me when I started out even though I have long fingers.
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#22
I have small hands but I guess I have somewhat long fingers. Comparative to hand size, anyway. I can do an index-to-ring-finger stretch from 1st to 5th fret, and index-to-pinky from 1st to 6th.
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#25
Well, if we determine the radius that the carpometacarpal and metacarpal joints can extend to a confortable degree, taking into consideration the length of the fingures of the individulal, we come up with

R = r(c) * r(m) + l(f)

let:
R = reach
r = radius
c = carpometacarpal
m = metacarpal
l(f) = length of fingers.

There we have a pretty simple equation to determine your reach
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#26
Are you kidding me? I have small hands and I am not flexible at all. Well, I'm full-body flexible, but my hand is stiff as heck ;(
#27
Have you ever seen someones right middle finger touch the back of his right hand? How about seen an arm twisted 720 degrees?

You've never seen me, them.

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EDIT: Tried just now, stretched from the 1st fret to the 6th fret on a bass.
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