#1
Alright, so I pretty small pinkies and they are very skinny. And the way that my... Tendons? Joints? or whatever are connected, when I bring my ring finger down to fret something, my pinky either has to move far away from the fretboard, or it has to touch the fretboard. I can't help this. I know it isn't a discipline problem. It's just a problem with how my hands are made.

Is this really bad? I mean will it stunt my growth as a guitarist and be a really bad problem forever? Help.
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#2
everyone's ring finger and pinky share the same tendon. you just need to strengthen your hand.
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#3
The pinky is everybody's clumsiest finger. You just have to train it ans use it often to gain strength. Even some of the greatest guitarist's pinkies are sometimes lifted way too far from the fretboard. There's not a whole lot you can do about it, only use it often so it becomes more of a natural thing to move it quickly.
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I am no pro shredder yet, but I swear getting my pinky under some decent control was one of the easiest things out of everything.

Check out my practice vids and do a month or 2s brutal snail routine and your pinky problems will vanish.

I might add some more vids soon showing some alternative ideas I came up with, which really helped get my pinky under control.
#5
I wouldn't worry about it. I've never once heard a guitarist and thought "it sounds like he has a really well positioned pinky". If you made a list of the 100 most important aspects of guitar playing, this wouldn't make the list.
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I wouldn't worry about it. I've never once heard a guitarist and thought "it sounds like he has a really well positioned pinky". If you made a list of the 100 most important aspects of guitar playing, this wouldn't make the list.

True, but it looks stupid and crap if you find a fairly proficient player and his fingers are all over the place.

In fact for me it's sometimes the reverse, If I see a player with poor technique live and then recall their music, I can't get the image of their goofy technique out my head
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True, but it looks stupid and crap if you find a fairly proficient player and his fingers are all over the place.


Honestly I don't think anyone cares expect for a few guitarists on message boards.
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everyone's ring finger and pinky share the same tendon. you just need to strengthen your hand.


Really? I can get rid of that? Wonderful.
Does anyone know how I can do this?
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everyone's ring finger and pinky share the same tendon. you just need to strengthen your hand.


THIS.

You just need to strengthen your hand. This problem will slowly go away with more strength and dexterity.
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Really? I can get rid of that? Wonderful.
Does anyone know how I can do this?



Finger exercises.

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

back and forth up and down the neck, and then do it again in reverse.
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Really? I can get rid of that? Wonderful.
Does anyone know how I can do this?

Do finger situps. What I mean it bend your finger starting with your pointer and bring it to your palm. Then do your bird finger, then your ring then your pinky. Do it when you aren't doing anything. I used to do that for piano to get my right hand strong.
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Do finger situps. What I mean it bend your finger starting with your pointer and bring it to your palm. Then do your bird finger, then your ring then your pinky. Do it when you aren't doing anything. I used to do that for piano to get my right hand strong.


When I do this, my ring finger moves along with my pinky. If I hold my ring finger back, my pinky can barely move at all. Is that normal? If I bend my pinky and my ring finger bends with it, is that bad?
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When I do this, my ring finger moves along with my pinky. If I hold my ring finger back, my pinky can barely move at all. Is that normal? If I bend my pinky and my ring finger bends with it, is that bad?

It's not bad it's normal for a human hand.

What you need to do is train to be able to bend and move each finger without the other fingers moving. You can't change it over night, and you probably can't get rid of it 100%... but you can most definitely improve finger independence very much, with diligent repetitive training.

Have a look at this for starters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvhZ80OsuTQ

And google 'finger independence exercises'... they're all over the place.
Do some every day, and it will gradually get better with time.
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This is only slightly to do with finger strength, much more to do with independence - www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvhZ80OsuTQ

That vid details a practice method to teach your fingers not to curl up or jump away from the fretboard, 10 minutes a day is all you need to see results.


Okay thanks a lot! I'll try and remember to do those every day.
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I am no pro shredder yet, but I swear getting my pinky under some decent control was one of the easiest things out of everything.

Check out my practice vids and do a month or 2s brutal snail routine and your pinky problems will vanish.

I might add some more vids soon showing some alternative ideas I came up with, which really helped get my pinky under control.


any chance you could send me the links to those vids?
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