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Hmm. On vibes I think you can safely and easily expect each hand to be able to reach an octave span; it depends some on the player and what part of the instrument you're in generally (e.g., on marimba you can probably get a noticeably wider range - maybe out to a 10th - at the upper end of the instrument, where the bars are closer together). On vibes that ...


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The size of your hands shouldn't matter at all. The keys are all right next to each other and don't require a stretch, except for maybe the left pinky--the good brands should have those keys designed ergonomically but sometimes the cheaper brands don't put as much care into them. So check out brands in person and make sure they work. Alto and lower saxes ...


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To add my $0.02 - There is actually a really wonderful text for percussion writing called How to write for percussion by Samuel Z. Soloman, which is fairly comprehensive (and has some really handy beater charts!) Remember to think of physical distance - a simple 4 octave jump that would be easy on a piano might mean a marimbist having to move 6-8 feet! ...


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I am a 71 year old woman and have played guitar for years. I have had to change techniques over time as the inflammation and pain has gotten worse. I find that playing an acoustic with strings that are close to the fret board is easier for me than playing electric. Also light strings help a lot. I use Agustine light (blue)) Since I can't curve my index ...


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You don't need particularly long fingers to play alto saxophone. I can only reach an octave comfortably on piano, but I used to play tenor saxophone a bit, and this is bigger than alto. Besides, you don't stretch as far between thumb and little finger when playing the saxophone, as you do when playing octaves on piano, as the thumbs are placed behind the ...


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The pro-style 4 mallet grip allows for a very wide selection of intervals and easy switching between them. It gets kind of fidgety at the extremes, but a good player should really have no trouble reaching anything that the mallets can physically reach. For context, I am by no means a great percussionist and I honestly have little problem playing any ...



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