#1
Does anyone here sometimes use the pinky instead of the ring finger for certain notes. For example, when I play an open C chord and then change to D, I find it easier and quicker to use my pinky on the third fret because it is already free.
-Mike
#2
It depends. I find my pinky is too weak to really press hard down on the fret board, that and I dislocated it in a play fight a couple years back so my aim with it is as terrible as my aim for the toilet when I'm drunk.
But what ever is quickest, easiest and sounds the best I go for. So if pinky makes the song I'm playing sound right, or increases my speed in it then pinky all the way!
#3
My jazz guitar tendencies tell me no. Reason being is because while it may be convenient at the time, the next chord might make it so you need to move your whole hand, which could be avoided if you used the proper form.

I'm not saying it's wrong to use your pinky when it's there. I'm just saying that if you're going to use it, you should get used to using it all the time so that when you do other pieces you don't trip yourself up because you used it once.
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#4
Not in that example, because a Dsus4, a D(no3rd), and a D/F# chord are both just one little finger stretch away from the D major shape, if you play it with your first three fingers.
#5
I use my pinky as mucha s possible as long as its comfortable and if it makes the chord progression or whatever easier to play
#6
Quote by MrKyran
It depends. I find my pinky is too weak to really press hard down on the fret board, that and I dislocated it in a play fight a couple years back so my aim with it is as terrible as my aim for the toilet when I'm drunk.
But what ever is quickest, easiest and sounds the best I go for. So if pinky makes the song I'm playing sound right, or increases my speed in it then pinky all the way!


LOL, at least you are accurate when sober. I know that I run the risk of not pressing hard enough but the additional speed makes it worth it. Normally my fat fingers don't help me but in this case, they are an advantage Eventually, when I am better at forming the complete shape all at once, I will reconsider.
-Mike
Last edited by Widefingers at Jun 11, 2011,
#7
No I see why using the pinky is not optimal in this situation. When I use the pinky it tends to slide over to far, oh well
-Mike
#8
Do both depending on the situation. You have to be able to use your pinky if you ever barre a C major shape, anyway, so it's great to have it usable, while still knowing that you have to use your ring finger for certain chord changes.
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#9
Not sure what the person was referring to when they mentioned Jazz, but Jazz places such A HUGE importance on playing with the pinky.

Not sure if you, OP, were seeking advice or not, but there is a technique to use that will definitely elevate the use of your pinky. The technique is called Pentatonic Waterfalls.

Get an acoustic guitar, tune the low E down to a D and proceed to play the technique in the attachment. You can speed it up or slow down for you comfort. If you do need to play it slower, gradually build up the strength using the technique.
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I dislocated it in a play fight a couple years back

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#12
Hmm, an escort service is interested in this pinky thread . Well anyway, my pinky is helping me with another chord, the dreaded F with a mini barre. The only way I can do this semi consistently is to use my pinky, ring and index. Not sure why this works better than the conventional fingering. It seems to allow me to lay my index flat while having the others curved
-Mike