QUOTE(lilly763 @ Feb 24 2011, 10:54 PM)
QUOTE(corenfa @ Feb 24 2011, 04:34 PM)
I can't do consecutive octaves without warming up - tried today and felt a twinge, and knew that if I went on i'd damage something. after half an hour of playing other things, much better.
It isn't actually impossible for me to do them, I've noticed - just that because I have no leeway, I have to be very very very accurate. Probably no bad thing....
Hmm, I find that actually "thinking" too much about accuracy leads to tightness, which makes octaves less comfortable. I can also join the small hands club - can sometimes grab ninths if they are voiced in certain ways and slow, but mostly stay within an octave. I thought this was bad, but some people here have it much worse than I do! Maybe since I've been playing from childhood, my hands have stretched?
Out of curiosity, are you small-handed folk small in stature as well? I am just shy of 5 feet myself...
I have to think about accuracy when I am learning something- but at that point, I am playing it very slowly to figure out how exactly to move my whole arm. As it becomes more fluent, I internalise it somewhat and am able to "do the right thing" without thinking about it.
My hands certainly have stretched - I know that I havent grown in height since I was 15, and I could just barely make an octave then. In fact they've stretched a lot in the last two years.
I'm not terribly tall myself
Just over 5 feet, just over 100 lb fully dressed. I used to look odd in the horn section because there'd be these 3 large guys, and... me.