Do the hands’ sizes affect piano learning/performance?



Asked by: Tracie Mack

If your hands are really smaller than the “average hand” (whatever that is) there will be a few passages you’ll find physically hard or impossible to play. These will be in the minority and probably feature in pieces of a more advanced complexity than you’re going to meet when starting out.

Does hand size affect piano playing?





Hand sizes vary from one individual to another and there’s a great difference between male and female hand sizes. When it comes to playing the piano, however, the size of hands may not matter that much.

Do small hands affect piano?

And the very first thing I'd say is that if you can reach an octave. Even if it's a little bit of a stretch. Then you don't have too much to worry about there are some really famous piano players

Are pianos harder with small hands?

Most pianos have a standard key width and length, so if you’re hands are small sometimes tough to play the instrument. Younger students struggle with this especially; trying to reach chords and perform octave passages. It does help to have large hands so that you can reach certain octaves and form big chords easily.

Is it easier to play piano if you have long fingers?

There is no specific type of finger size or length that determines your potential. Typically, most people will learn the piece from beginning to end and continuously practice until they can play the entire piece well.

Is a 9 inch hand span good?





The average length of an adult female’s hand is 6.8 inches.



How to choose gloves based on your hand size.

Hand size (the largest measurement of either length or circumference) Glove size
7.5–8 inches Small
8.5–9 inches Medium
9.5–10 inches Large
10.5–11 inches XLarge

Are 7 inch hands Small?

Adult hands are usually between 6 inches (15.2 cm) and 11 inches (27.9 cm). Kids generally have a hand size between one and six inches.

Which pianist has small hands?

Plenty of world-class pianists have small hands, including Alicia de Larroccha and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and yet they seem to be able to cope with the most physically demanding works in the repertoire.

Can you be a good pianist with small hands?

People with small hands and short fingers can play piano. As with most instruments, pianos are made with all kinds of players in mind, especially modern versions. With exercises and with practice, you can overcome small hands and short fingers to play piano just as well as anyone!

What size hands do you need to play piano?

The average octave placement for hand span ranges around 6.7 inches. Adding in a 9th note increases the hand span to 7.6 inches, 10th note increases to 8.5 inches, and 11th note increases the hand span to 9.4 inches.



Can fat fingers play piano?

Of course yes but once you are fluent with piano you will notice that it will be better to use appropriate finger for particular key, in fact you will yourself begin to use the fingers which will allow you to play piano easily.

Can people with fat fingers play piano?

I have had a few students in all my years of teaching who have fingers so thick that they find it impossible to play certain chords. Good pianists hands are not only large enough to cover a good 1/3 of the piano, but also are thin enough to be able to play more inside the piano inbetween the black notes.

Why are pianists thin?

Pianoplaying can be hard work, and stressfull. I think playing piano intensivly makes you loose weight quickly. Also it’s indeed probably so that thin hands help with technique , so that it ends up that most famous pianists have thin hands.



Are pianists good in bed?

In short, the answer is “not really“. There just isn’t a real correlation between the level of pleasure in mating and a pianist’s skill.

Are pianists more intelligent?

Intelligence varies from person to person. There are pianists who do think they’re intelligent, but they often practice harder than the most talented pianists. It’s hard to judge pianists on their intelligence anyway. It’s so different from person to person.

How can you tell if someone is a pianist?

So if you can't play along with a metronome or keep time with a band if you're playing in a band setting. Then this is definitely something that you should look at and develop.

Why do pianists sway?

Some people do it because it “sounds” better. Some people do it because they are are covering up the fact that they can’t play better. Some people do it becuase they don’t realize it. Some people do it because their name is Lang Lang.



Is playing the piano attractive?

But did you know it’s considered to be sexy too? A Vanity Fair/60 Minutes survey ranking the sexiest instruments to play has the piano at number three—just behind the guitar and the saxophone. They found that the top instrument was the guitar at 26 percent, followed closely by the saxophone at 25 percent.