Let's Strengthen That Pinky

author: NRG_sama_ date: 04/05/2013 category: correct practice
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Let's Strengthen That Pinky

INTRODUCTION

A common problem for most of the beginners is the weakness of the pinky. Most beginners ignore their pinky and try to play everything using the three other fingers. This results in the development of the three fingers, but not the pinky, which is a big disadvantage. The 1-2-3-4 and 0-1-4 / 0-2-4 exercises are very good for strengthening the pinky, but one often feels bored of playing the same "meaningless" riff over and over again. So, in this lesson I will provide the tabs (tablatures) to some riffs which are really good exercises for the pinky. NOTE - If you don't know how to read tablatures, try googling it up. TIPS - Don't rush it, move over to the next riff only after you have mastered the previous one. Use alternate picking, i.e, picking using alternate upstrokes and downstrokes.

Riff 1 - "Plug In Baby" (Muse)

Level - Beginner This riff is used as the intro and also a few times inside the song. It's a nice little riff, which sounds cool with overdrive/distortion.
e|--------------------------|---------------------------|
B|--------------------------|-----------7h8p7-----------|
G|--------6--------6--7-----|--6--7--9---------9--7--6--|
D|--8--9-----8--9--------9--|---------------------------|
A|--------------------------|---------------------------|
E|--------------------------|---------------------------|

e|--------------------------|---------------------------|
B|--------------------------|--------7--7h8p7------7----|
G|-----6--7-----6--7--9--6--|--7--9------------10-----10|
D|--9--------9--------------|---------------------------|
A|--------------------------|---------------------------|
E|--------------------------|---------------------------|

e|--------------------------|---------------------------|
B|--7-----------------7--9--|--9br--7------7------------|
G|-----7-----------7--------|----------10-----7--6--7---|
D|--------7-----7-----------|---------------------------|
A|-----------9--------------|---------------------------|
E|--------------------------|---------------------------|

e|--------------------------|---------------------------|
B|--------------------------|-----------7h8p7-----------|
G|--------6--------6--7-----|--6--7--9---------9--7--6--|
D|--8--9-----8--9--------9--|---------------------------|
A|--------------------------|---------------------------|
E|--------------------------|---------------------------|
NOTE - Use the index finger for the 6th fret, middle finger for the 7th, ring finger for the 8th and the pinky for the 9th. So, the riff starts with the ring finger playing the 8th fret on the D-string. Be sure to use the pinky whenever required, don't use the ring finger for the 9th fret stuff.

Riff 2 - "Walk This Way" (Aerosmith)

Level - Intermediate/Beginner This riff is used during the verses. The rhythm is a bit tricky, so make sure to listen to the song a number of times before attempting to play it.
e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------10-------------------|
A|--------10-(10)-10-12p10------10-10-13-10-12-10-|
E|--8-8-8------------------8----------------------|
NOTE - Use the index finger for the 8th fret, middle finger for the 10th fret and the pinky for the 12th and 13th frets. While on the 13th fret, you can use the index finger for the 10th fret.

Riff 3 - "Message In A Bottle" (The Police)

Level - Intermediate This riff is used as the intro and also a few times inside the song. It sounds better on a clean tone.
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|-------8-------4-------6------------|
D|----6-------2-------4----------6-7--|
A|-4-------0-------2----------4-------|
E|-------------------------2----------|
NOTE - use the index finger for the first note (in each section), middle finger for the second, and the pinky for the third (and the fourth note of the last section). Once you master the message in a bottle riff (which takes a long while because of the super-long finger stretch), you are ready for the fourth riff.

Riff 4 - "Floods" (Pantera)

Level - Intermediate/advanced This riff is used as the outro. It sounds awesome on a clean tone with some reverb/echo. Tuning for the song is (C# F# B E G# C#), but it sounds okay on standard tuning as well. NOTE - This one is LOOOOOOOONG, so be prepared to get a little bored. Listen to the song before attempting it.
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-----8---8-6-------------|-----------------6---6-4-|
|---6---6---------9---9-7-|-----4---4-6---4---4-----|
|-4-------------7---7-----|---2---2-----2-----------|
|-------------5-----------|-0-----------------------|

|---------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-----8---8s9---------------|-----11---11s13------13----13s14-|
|---6---6---------9---9s11--|---9----9---------11----11-------|
|-4-------------7---7-------|-7--------------9----------------|
|-------------5-------------|---------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|--------20----20-18-------16----16-14-|-----11---11-9-------18----18-16-|
|-----18----18----------14----14-------|---9----9---------16----16-------|
|-/16----------------12----------------|-7-------------14----------------|
|--------------------------------------|---------------------------------|

|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|-------20----20-18-------16----16-14-|
|----18----18----------14----14-------|
|-16----------------12----------------|
|-------------------------------------|

|---------------|--------------------------|
|---------------|--------------------------|
|-----11---11-9-|-------18----------18-----|
|---9----9------|----16----16----16----16--|
|-7-------------|-14----------15-----------|
|---------------|--------------------------|

|-------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|
|-------20-------20-18-------16-------16-14-|
|----18----18-18----------14----14-14-------|
|-16-------------------12-------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|

|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|-----11-----11-9-------18-------18-16--|
|---9----9-9---------16----16-16--------|
|-7---------------14--------------------|
|---------------------------------------|

|-------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|
|-------20-------20-18-------16-------16-14-|
|----18----18-18----------14----14-14-------|
|-16-------------------12-------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|

|---------------|-------------------|
|---------------|-------------------|
|-----11---11-9-|-------18----------|
|---9----9------|----16----16-------|
|-7-------------|-14----------15\---|
|---------------|-------------------|

|--------------------------|-------------------------|
|--------------------------|-------------------------|
|-----8---8s9--------------|-----------------6---6-4-|
|---6---6---------9---9s11-|-----4---4-6---4---4-----|
|-4-------------7---7------|---2---2-----2-----------|
|-------------5------------|-0-----------------------|

|------------------------|------------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------------|
|-----8---8--------------|-----11---11s13------13----13-|
|---6---6-------9---9s11-|---9----9---------11----11----|
|-4-----------7---7------|-7--------------9-------------|
|-----------5------------|------------------------------|
NOTE - Finger usage is the same as the previous riff ("Message In A Bottle"). If you practice these riffs properly with determination, I'm sure you would have a strong pinky.
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