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the_pick_gnome
06-27-2005, 04:07 PM
okay, I made a little lesson on building pinky strength, and I wanted to know if it is any good. Constructive critisism is welcome. (it might not be very good, its my first lesson).

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Building Pinky Strength

By Jordan (aka- The Pick gnome)

WILL REWRITE THE INTRODUCTION HERE

First off

|-------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|
|-----------------------------------1-2-3-4---------|
|--------------------------1-2-3-4------------------|
|------------------1-2-3-4--------------------------|
|---------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------|

Okay, do this exercise until you can do it proficiently, and starting in different postions on the neck.

Next off, try doing the above excercises, but switch some frets around. For example, you could do that normally,
but on the D string, switch the 2 and 4. Just mix it up in random places for a challenge.

Now you will want to make your pinky as strong and independant as your other fingers. The best way to do this is to do trills, like so...

|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--8h9p8h9p8h9p8-----------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Do that with your pinky and 3rd finger. Also try doing trills with every combination of
fingers you can do, then do 3 finger trills, then move on and do every finger.

Now I will show you some songs that you will want to use your pinky for

Sex Type Thing by the Stone Temple Pilots:
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---7-7---7---7---7-7-7-7---|
|-0-7-7-0-6-0-5-0-3-3-5-3-0-|
When playing that, it is easy if you anchor your pinky on the seventh fret on the A string. It is a good exercise because you have to reach your finger and still press down.

Now let's try part of Master of Puppets by Metallica

|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------2-4-5-5-----------------------------------|
|-------------------------2-3-5-------3--333-2-3-5-3-2--------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-000-2-3-5------------------------------3-2----------------|

Now, I will show you one of my favorite exercises, because it not only shows how to use your pinky, but it also helps you
learn what to do while not using your pinky. Remember to not curl up your pinky when not using it, but to have it at the
ready for when you need it.

Circus theme

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-8-7-8-7-6-------------------------------------|
D|-------------9-8-7-8---9-8-7-8-7-6---------------|
A|------------------------------------9-8-7-8------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------6-7-8--6-7--|
D|-8-----------8----------------6-7-8-------------|
A|----6-7-6-7----6-7-6-7--6-7-8-------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

The reason I like that so much is that you can also learn how to alternate pick them well.
Try picking it like this fast.

a period after the note means it is up-picked=up-pick this note

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-8-7.8-7-6-------------------------------------|
D|-------------9-8-7.8---9-8-7-8.7-6---------------|
A|------------------------------------9-8-7-8------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------6-7.8--6-7--|
D|-8-----------8----------------6-7.8-------------|
A|----6-7.6.7----6-7.6-7--6-7.8-------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

well, tell me what you think:cheers:

edit: sorry its so big

edit2: fixed it so it wasn't so big. Feel free to comment anyone.

slash_pwns
06-28-2005, 12:06 PM
Its ok, I guess. I mean, it's just exersises. :\

the_pick_gnome
06-28-2005, 03:19 PM
^ :sad: what else is there to do on the subject though?:confused:
I saw a thread about how to build pinky strength and I though it would be a good idea for a lesson.

slash_pwns
06-28-2005, 03:21 PM
^Hmm... Good point. Maybe some stretching stuff?

|-----------
|-----------
|-----------
|----------- etc...
|-------5-10-
|-5-10------

Wide stretches, maybe some non guitar related warm ups? Dont forget to stress the entire 'pushing hard' thing.

the_pick_gnome
06-28-2005, 03:38 PM
^ what would be some non-guitar related warm ups?
Thanks for the input. :cheers:

edit: I'm making some warm ups right now, good idea.

the_pick_gnome
06-28-2005, 03:57 PM
Warm up

|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|-1-5-2-6-3-7-4-9-----|
Keep going up and reaching to the farthest fret you can reach. Make sure you can press
down hard with your pinky or it won't get stronger. Try this on other strings and further
up the neck.

Another thing I like to do is take a riff that uses multiple strings, and play it on one string. You can also make your
own riffs using scales or arpeggios to make great excercises. Here is some music from the movie "Star Wars" played on
one string.

B|-13-12-10-8-15 13-12-10-20-15-13-12-10-20-15-13-12-13-10-|

So how do you think that works, do you like the last part?

I wanted to have something that everyone will recognize so it will be fun to play at the same time.
I'd probably put that close to the start.

SilentDeftone
06-28-2005, 08:08 PM
Typos:
The pinky is very important for a lot of guitarists, as it helps improve how many frets you reach by a substantial amount.
First off - maybe you want to write a better introduction? ;)
Okay, try that until you can do it proficiently, and starting in different positions on the neck. (I felt 'proficiently' was a better word choice; that's just my opinion though.)
Next off, try doing the above exercises,
Now let's try part of Master of Puppets by Metallica.
Use your pinky on the fifth fret there.
Now, I will show you one of my favorite exercises,
^ = upstroke
Your upstroke spacing won't work out when you submit as a lesson. If you ever use more than one space it automatically reduces it to one! I recommend using periods or some other form of spacing.
Keep going up and reaching to the farthest fret you can reach. - You DO realize that the stretch is decreasing, because the frets get smaller, right? :confused:
You can also make your own riffs using scales or arpeggios to make great exercises.

No section for hammering on and/or pulling off with the pinky? That's a great strength and technique builder? and with all pinky finger combinations, i.e. index/pinky trills, then middle/pinky trills, then ring/pinky trills.

-SD :dance:

slash_pwns
06-28-2005, 09:07 PM
Originally posted by the_pick_gnome
^ what would be some non-guitar related warm ups?
Thanks for the input. :cheers:

edit: I'm making some warm ups right now, good idea.

Running your hand under warm water is good. Maybe stretching your fingers... or lifting weights with them :haha

the_pick_gnome
06-28-2005, 09:47 PM
Originally posted by slash_pwns
Running your hand under warm water is good. Maybe stretching your fingers... or lifting weights with them :haha

Thanks SD, I will edit those in there.

Okay, I think I got most of those in here. Tell me if I missed anything.

And I will write the intro tomorrow, now its time for bed.:cheers:

P.S.-Is that what you meant by using periods?

Freepower
06-29-2005, 05:41 AM
Originally posted by the_pick_gnome

The reason I like that so much is that you can also learn how to alternate pick them well.
Try picking it like this fast.

a period after the note means it is up-picked=up-pick this note

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-8-7.8-7-6-------------------------------------|
D|-------------9-8-7.8---9-8-7-8.7-6---------------|
A|------------------------------------9-8-7-8------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------6-7.8--6-7--|
D|-8-----------8----------------6-7.8-------------|
A|----6-7.6.7----6-7.6-7--6-7.8-------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

UG's picking chops will never recover.

Alternate picking = up and down ALTERNATELY

Not DDUDDD - its not even economy picking, as you're often downpicking when moving to a lower string...

Captain Colon
06-29-2005, 08:18 AM
^ No real point in requiring a certain picking pattern here anyway, it's not a picking exercise :confused:

Logz
06-29-2005, 08:28 AM
:eek:

I completely forgot to write back pick_gnome! Sorry :sad:

slash_pwns
06-29-2005, 08:55 AM
Originally posted by the_pick_gnome

Thanks SD, I will edit those in there.

Okay, I think I got most of those in here. Tell me if I missed anything.

And I will write the intro tomorrow, now its time for bed.:cheers:

P.S.-Is that what you meant by using periods?
Sorry if you thought it was directed at you... I was laughing 'lifting wieghts with your fingers'.

the_pick_gnome
06-29-2005, 09:54 AM
Originally posted by Captain Colon
^ No real point in requiring a certain picking pattern here anyway, it's not a picking exercise :confused:

I just thought it would be a pretty good exercise for that.

And to Freepower, I made it like that because those notes go faster than the other ones.

Does everyone think I should take the picking part off?

slash_pwns
06-29-2005, 10:54 AM
^Put note durations. And heres a tip. No more than two spaces in the lesson (" ") because the html lesson section condenses it. Heres a tab example of what to do.

..d d d u d d d d u d . d d u d d u .d d d d
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-8-7-8-7-6-------------------------------------|
D|-------------9-8-7-8---9-8-7-8-7-6---------------|
A|------------------------------------9-8-7-8------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

slash_pwns
06-29-2005, 11:11 AM

***
Building Pinky Strength

By Jordan (aka- The Pick gnome)

WILL REWRITE THE INTRODUCTION HERE Dont forget!

First off here's a very common exercise used by many teachers and students. It helps a lot in building pinky strength

|-------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|
|-----------------------------------1-2-3-4---------|
|--------------------------1-2-3-4------------------|
|------------------1-2-3-4--------------------------|
|---------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------|

Okay, do this exercise until you can do it proficiently, and starting in different postions on the neck.

Next off, try doing the above excercises, but switch some frets around. For example, you could do that normally,
but on the D string, switch the 2 and 4. Just mix it up in random places for a challenge.

Now you will want to make your pinky as strong and independant as your other fingers. The best way to do this is to do trills, like so... Put your ring ringer on the 8th fret, and your pinky will trill on the 9th fret. You can do this with your index and pinky, and middle finger with your pinky.

|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--8h9p8h9p8h9p8-----------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

section removed

Now I will show you some songs that you will want to use your pinky for. Using your pinky in common is many styles of music, unless you're Django!

Sex Type Thing by the Stone Temple Pilots:

|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---7-7---7---7---7-7-7-7---|
|-0-7-7-0-6-0-5-0-3-3-5-3-0-|

When playing that, it is easy if you anchor your pinky on the seventh fret on the A string. It is a good exercise because you have to reach your finger and still press down. You can even barre at the seventh fret with your pinky

Now let's try part of Master of Puppets by Metallica I can think of a better riff from that song... its up to you

|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------2-4-5-5-----------------------------------|
|-------------------------2-3-5-------3--333-2-3-5-3-2--------------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-000-2-3-5------------------------------3-2----------------|

Now, I will show you one of my favorite exercises, because it not only shows how to use your pinky, but it also helps you learn what to do while not using your pinky. Remember to not curl up your pinky when not using it, but to have it at the ready for when you need it.

Circus theme

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-8-7-8-7-6-------------------------------------|
D|-------------9-8-7-8---9-8-7-8-7-6---------------|
A|------------------------------------9-8-7-8------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------6-7-8--6-7--|
D|-8-----------8----------------6-7-8-------------|
A|----6-7-6-7----6-7-6-7--6-7-8-------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

The reason I like that so much is that you can also learn how to alternate pick them well.

Try picking it like this fast.

a period after the note means it is up-picked=up-pick this note. The up picked notes are faster than the down picked notes. Think of the down picked notes as eigth notes and the up picked ones as sixteenths (right?)

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-8-7.8-7-6-------------------------------------|
D|-------------9-8-7.8---9-8-7-8.7-6---------------|
A|------------------------------------9-8-7-8------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------6-7.8--6-7--|
D|-8-----------8----------------6-7.8-------------|
A|----6-7.6.7----6-7.6-7--6-7.8-------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

Here are some other ways to improve, or warm up your pinky:

1.Run your fret hand under warm water (not too hot!) to loosen the joints.

2. As stupid as this is... Lift finger weights! It improves strength!

3. Always, no matter what puch hard on those frets!

Now for one last, crazy exercise:
|--------------------------5-10-|
|---------------------5-10------|
|----------------5-10-----------|
|-----------5-10----------------|
|------5-10---------------------|
|-5-10--------------------------|
Added parts are in bold and sideways (forget what its called.. itallic?:D

the_pick_gnome
06-29-2005, 12:44 PM
I can think of a better riff from that song... its up to you

oh, of course, how could I forget, I'll put that in there:eek:

I thought the note duration thing was also brilliant, and thats what I was trying to get across to people who didn't know what it should sound like.

Kind of seems like you should get most of the credit for this.:(

slash_pwns
06-29-2005, 02:52 PM
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----2-----3-----4-----3-----2-2-----2-----3------5\4---5\4---5\4---|
|-0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1-----0-1---0-1---0-0--3\2-0-3\2-0-3\2---|

Just run it through the spell check (in word... I write mine is notepad, and spell check in word) and post the final copy... Dont submit until its approved too!

Thats the one I had in mind. You too? Its pretty intense, workout wise, depending on how fast you play it.

EDIT: As for credit... If you feel I, or someone else helped you a fair bit, just tag it on in the outro/conclusion. "And a special thanks to joe and jim for being so and so.." etc...

the_pick_gnome
06-29-2005, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by slash_pwns
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----2-----3-----4-----3-----2-2-----2-----3------5\4---5\4---5\4---|
|-0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1-----0-1---0-1---0-0--3\2-0-3\2-0-3\2---|

Just run it through the spell check (in word... I write mine is notepad, and spell check in word) and post the final copy... Dont submit until its approved too!

Thats the one I had in mind. You too? Its pretty intense, workout wise, depending on how fast you play it.

EDIT: As for credit... If you feel I, or someone else helped you a fair bit, just tag it on in the outro/conclusion. "And a special thanks to joe and jim for being so and so.." etc...

Yeah, I was going to do the spell check in word.

Yeah, thats the riff I was thinking of, the reason I put the other one was because I used to not use my pinky on it, then I started using my pinky and it was actually easy.

And I will put your name at the bottom of the lesson because you rock, and helped out a lot.

btw, do you actually use little finger wieghts?:D

and who is Django:confused:

I need to get out more:cheers:

the_pick_gnome
06-29-2005, 04:17 PM
Building Pinky Strength

By Jordan (a.k.a.- The Pick gnome)

One mistake I often see with beginning guitarists is that they often get in the habit of using all of their fingers except their
pinky. Learning to use your pinky to its full potential is hard work, but well worth it. I wrote this lesson to give everyone

First off here's a very common exercise used by many teachers and students. It helps a lot in building pinky strength

|-------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-|
|-----------------------------------1-2-3-4---------|
|--------------------------1-2-3-4------------------|
|------------------1-2-3-4--------------------------|
|---------1-2-3-4-----------------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4-------------------------------------------|

Okay, do this exercise until you can do it proficiently, and starting in different positions on the neck.

Next off, try doing the above exercises, but switch some frets around. For example, you could do that normally,
but on the D string, switch the 2 and 4. Just mix it up in random places for a challenge.

Now you will want to make your pinky as strong and independent as your other fingers. The best way to do this is to do
trills, like so... Put your ring ringer on the 8th fret, and your pinky will trill on the 9th fret. You can do this with your index and pinky,
and middle finger with your pinky.

|------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------|
|-8h9p8h9p8h9p8h9-7h9p7h9p7h9--6h9p6h9p6h9--ect--|
|------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------|

Now I will show you some songs that you will want to use your pinky for. Using your pinky in common is many styles of music, unless you're Django!

Sex Type Thing by the Stone Temple Pilots:

|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---7-7---7---7---7-7-7-7---|
|-0-7-7-0-6-0-5-0-3-3-5-3-0-|

When playing that, it is easy if you anchor your pinky on the seventh fret on the A string. It is a good exercise because you have to reach your finger and still press down. You can even barre at the seventh fret with your pinky

Now let's try part of Master of Puppets by Metallica.

|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----2-----3-----4-----3-----2-2-----2-----3------5\4---5\4---5\4---|
|-0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1-----0-1---0-1---0-0--3\2-0-3\2-0-3\2---|

Now, I will show you one of my favorite exercises, because it not only shows how to use your pinky, but it also helps you learn what to do while not using your pinky. Remember to not curl up your pinky when not using it, but to have it at the ready for when you need it.

Circus theme

|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-8-7-8-7-6-------------------------------------|
D|-------------9-8-7-8---9-8-7-8-7-6---------------|
A|------------------------------------9-8-7-8------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------6-7-8--6-7--|
D|-8-----------8----------------6-7-8-------------|
A|----6-7-6-7----6-7-6-7--6-7-8-------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

The reason I like that so much is that you can also learn how to alternate pick them well.

Try picking it like this fast.

The notes with periods after them can be thought of as sixteenth notes, and the rest as eighth notes.
I find it easier to up-pick the eighth notes.

|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-8-7.8-7-6-------------------------------------|
D|-------------9-8-7.8---9-8-7-8.7-6---------------|
A|------------------------------------9-8-7-8------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------6-7.8--6-7--|
D|-8-----------8----------------6-7.8-------------|
A|----6-7.6.7----6-7.6-7--6-7.8-------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

Here are some other ways to improve, or warm up your pinky:

1.Run your fret hand under warm water (not too hot!) to loosen the joints.

2. As stupid as this is... Lift finger weights! It improves strength!

3. Always, no matter what punch hard on those frets!

Now for one last, crazy exercise:

|--------------------------5-10-|
|---------------------5-10------|
|----------------5-10-----------|
|-----------5-10----------------|
|------5-10---------------------|
|-5-10--------------------------|

I would like to thank slash_pwns for helping me a lot with this lesson.
---------------------

Should I maybe go throught the tabs and write them so the look OK without code? Or just assume people will copy and paste them?

ALSO, does anyone have any songs they would like me to suggest near the end that have good pinky action? (preferrably of other genres, to mix it up)

Freepower
06-29-2005, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by the_pick_gnome

Now let's try part of Master of Puppets by Metallica.

|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----2-----3-----4-----3-----2-2-----2-----3------5\4---5\4---5\4---|
|-0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1-----0-1---0-1---0-0--3\2-0-3\2-0-3\2---|

And on the fourth.

slash_pwns
06-29-2005, 05:08 PM
Don't alter the tabs. Look through the lesson secton... Notice how theyre posted in mono space font?

Use the pinky on 4th and 5th there, btw.

the_pick_gnome
06-29-2005, 05:08 PM
Originally posted by Freepower
And on the fourth.

woops, thanks

edit: I am going out of town for 3 or 4 days, so I won't be able to reply.:cheers:

ibanez-gnr14
07-10-2005, 11:59 AM
On one of the steal this video, there is a part that talks specifically about playing with your pinky, and playing chords with your pinky.

fromzero
05-23-2013, 01:52 PM
I know this is an old threat but I was googling was to help make my pinky faster after I was having trouble playing a hammer off section with a long spread very fast.... Anyway, while reading all of these lovely exercises I came up with my own.

|4-3-2-1-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------5-4-3-2---------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------6-5-4-3------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------7-6-5-4---------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------8-7-6-5------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------5-4-3-2---------------------|

|4-3-2-1-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------6-5-4-3------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------8-7-6-5--------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------10-9-8-7----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------12-11-10-9--------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------14-13-12-11-----------|