Could you advise some piano scores and exercises for extreme finger stretch for a middle-size narrow (8,3 cm) hand? I found Brahms and Godowsky exercises and playing first page of the Chopin`s Etude in C for developing a better finger stretch and legato with agility. Wish to find more exercises. My left hand can almost easily play 11th (trained with guitar for 24 years), right is not trained enough to reach the edge of 11th without pressing the neighbour key. I am playing piano only for 3 years.

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    I caution against it, you can really ruin your fingers if you continue to push yourself to stretch so much (cough Schumann). There are plenty of great pianists who only can reach 8ths or 9ths. Do you have a piece in mind that requires this much stretching? Jan 4, 2016 at 21:58
  • Chopin f minor etude op. 10 nr. 9? javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/30/…
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    Jan 5, 2016 at 13:58
  • need exs for a right hand, left is trained with guitars and stretches and intonates much better than right, finally I just move it with and without an instrument and slowly technique develops
    – VassiaAlk
    Jan 22, 2016 at 15:33

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Firstly, I would be careful with stretching your fingers and hands too much - you don't want to cause any serious damage.

Secondly, while the ability to stretch far can be useful, pieces such as the 'Waterfall' Étude (Chopin Op. 10-1) are not about having permanently stretched hand, but rather being able to open and close your hand when necessary. This video explains it much better than I do (there's a part 2 as well).

I would recommend watching that video for a good explanation for stretching in your hands with examples.

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