#1
Do you guys use your pinky for stuff like scales/licks on higher frets? (around 10ish+)

Just wanna know
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#11
Yes.

Edit: I only said that not to ruin the trend, but yeah, I do, but not just down on 10th+ frets, on all of them.
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#12
Quote by FretboardToAsh
yups, I use both of my 2 pinky's actually.


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#13
Quote by FretboardToAsh
yups, I use both of my 2 pinky's actually.

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Quote by Jesstaa
Yes.

Edit: I only said that not to ruin the trend, but yeah, I do, but not just down on 10th+ frets, on all of them.


I said 10th+ because to me below that using the pinky is obvious. I also did not really mean stretches. like, 8 10 11 using the pinky, or 10 12 14 stuff like that.
#16
I refuse to use my pinky above the 15th fret, there's no ****ing reason.
#17
Quote by Oujou
I refuse to use my pinky above the 15th fret, there's no ****ing reason.


Yes there is.
#20
Quote by bluebadumtable
Big stretches?


yeah... I said I didn't mean those, obviously in order to not use the pinky you need to be able to use another finger..
#21
If it'd say to use my 4th finger I use my 4th finger. For larger stretches I use it. The only time I don't when I should is during fast bits of 3-4-1 hammering, in which case I just don't use it since I haven't trained it enough yet to be fast enough for my needs with that.
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#23
I always practice with my pinky right up the neck. When it comes to improvising, sometimes I'll use my ring finger instead when I get up say past the 15th fret.

This is being phased out of my playing more and more though.


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#24
I started to not use my pinky at all, just because of its awkwardness. But now I'm trying to use my pinky as much as I can, and its made a lot of things easier. Though when I improv in a slow song I tend to replace my pinky with my ring finger, because I have better accuracy, strength, and vibrato with that finger.
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#26
i use my pinky a lot but thats generally only when i have to, ie stretching or i'm already using my third finger or whatever

its kind of like when you bend, you should be able to do a good bend with each of your fingers by themselves but in a playing situation you should always get as many fingers involved as possible when you can.
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#28
Of course I do. Not doing so is bad technique, in my opinion.
#29
I don't see why I shouldn't use it, I feel like a retard if I'm just playing with 3 fingers.
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#30
I use my pinky just as much as any other finger, on all parts of the neck.
#31
Quote by Diamond Dave
i use my pinky a lot but thats generally only when i have to, ie stretching or i'm already using my third finger or whatever

its kind of like when you bend, you should be able to do a good bend with each of your fingers by themselves but in a playing situation you should always get as many fingers involved as possible when you can.


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Yes. A LOT, actually.
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#34
Sometimes. I just use the nearest finger - which is quite often the ring finger as I have a short pinky. Unless you're trying to fast track your way to shred technique I shouldn't worry about it. Over time you'll work out what works best for you.
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