#1
Does anyone know any specific exercises on increasing the agility and strength of your pinky?

I think it'll come with practice, but I'm looking for something focusing on it so it'll come quicker.
#2
ya i know of 1 if u can find an older issue of guitar world magazine specifically the tribute to master of puppets ft. kirk hammett issue, kirk does a colum which is specifically for increasing pinky dexterity and its really good ive done all the excercises and they are a real workout. hope that helps
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ya i know of 1 if u can find an older issue of guitar world magazine specifically the tribute to master of puppets ft. kirk hammett issue, kirk does a colum which is specifically for increasing pinky dexterity and its really good ive done all the excercises and they are a real workout. hope that helps

But, what if u don't have said issue nor money to back order.
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Does anyone know any specific exercises on increasing the agility and strength of your pinky?

I think it'll come with practice, but I'm looking for something focusing on it so it'll come quicker.


There isn't. You have to practice as you just said. Scales, up and down constanly, using your pinky constanly. It will get stronger but it won't be overnight. Just practice alot.
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#5
try the walking exercise i.e. 1-4 : 2-4 : 3-4 repeated on all strings
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#7
Do scales up and down like adamk said. Try minor scales at first, then do major scales.

Generally, when it comes to fretting, pinky troubles are not due to weakness, but lack of finger independence. Try some Spider exercises along with scale runs:


Play these notes with the corresponding fingers:
1=Index
2=Middle
3=Ring
4=Pinky

(notated for bass, but you can adapt it to a guitar)

   1    3    2    4
G-------7--------8-------------------
D--5--------6------------------------
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------


When you play a new note on the same string, lift up the other finger on the string (ex: when you go to play the 6 on the D, lift the finger playing the 5). However, wait until the last possible moment to do so; you want to keep the notes ringing on the strings as long as you possibly can, to stretch out your fingers more and gain independence.

Start off slow, then get faster. When you get better, move on form playing 5ths to octaves, etc.
#8
put your 2 down on any fret and hit the string with the pick once and then hammer on and pull off with your pinky for 30 seconds a day
#9
On the high e string, do this: 1---h---4---t---7. Over and over agian till you get tired. Rest for half hour, come back and try again. Then when you can stay for a while, move onto next string.
#10
dynaflex balls dramatically increase pinkie strength. Try playing the pinkie where normally you would play the ring finger.

Ive got a great Marty friedman article about how he played Symphony of Destruction with all fingers (its only a F5-e5 chord change and 2 notes). I would get it but i have to search like 300 guitar magazines (the things people used to buy before UG!)
#11
a good excerise i used to do alot is this

e--------------------------------3-4-------------------
B------------------------3----2------3----4--------------
G---------------3----2----1------------2----3----4---------
D-------3----2----1----------------------------2----3---4--
A----2----1--------------------------------------------2----3--
E-1--------------------------------------------------------------2

done obvoisly in triplets and u use the index middle ring/ middle ring pinky and u keep goin up the neck to whever. good excersice helps alot with picking if u use alternate picking properly
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#12
Buy a finger strength exerciser...



You can get em cheap at any guitar shop. Make sure that it is the type that allows you to work each finger individually (so 4 seperate plates each with it's own spring). Use it everywhere all the time (unless it start to hurt). Do it in class, in the car wherever. You'll notice drastic increases in strength and flexibility.
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Yea, do some blues scales. Try bending strings with your pinky. That helped me out a bunch.
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#14
I used to have pinky problems too, just keep practicing some scales, or do a walking exercise using just your ring finger and your pinky. Also, a couple good pinky using riffs are the little spider riff in Master of Puppets and the entire song "Engel" by Rammstein.
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1 3 2 4
G-------7--------8-------------------
D--5--------6------------------------
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------

Did that for 20 mins today and my lil' fingers already faster and a bit more reliable, cheers!
#16
-Play the intro part (the arpeggios) of Always With Me Always With You.
-The first legato part of Flying In A Blue Dream (not necessarily at original tempo).
-Like said above, the tapping part of One's solo, using your pinky to do the pull-off of course.
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Buy a finger strength exerciser...



You can get em cheap at any guitar shop. Make sure that it is the type that allows you to work each finger individually (so 4 seperate plates each with it's own spring). Use it everywhere all the time (unless it start to hurt). Do it in class, in the car wherever. You'll notice drastic increases in strength and flexibility.


Yeah they work really well. I've lost mine which is a shame

I would say playing chromatic scales would help as well:


e-----------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4---|
B-------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-------------|
G--------------------------------1-2-3-4------------------------|
D----------------------1-2-3-4----------------------------------|
A------------1-2-3-4--------------------------------------------|
E--1-2-3-4------------------------------------------------------|

Helps all your fingers really. Play it up and down the neck.
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#18
http://trivium.org/images/press/gw.jpg I do this every day and it has helped a lot, aslo if you play a lot of powerchords start doing them with your index finger and pinky that helps too.
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#19
Squeeze a clothespin between your thumb and pinky to strengthen your pinky. It works pretty well (my piano teacher suggested it to me).
#20
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Buy a finger strength exerciser...



You can get em cheap at any guitar shop. Make sure that it is the type that allows you to work each finger individually (so 4 seperate plates each with it's own spring). Use it everywhere all the time (unless it start to hurt). Do it in class, in the car wherever. You'll notice drastic increases in strength and flexibility.

I've heard that those are bad for the tendons in your fingers. Besides, like I said before, most pinky problems are from lack of finger independence, not weakness.
#21
scales, that 1234 thing, and

1234		
1243		
1324		
1342		
1423		
1432		

2134
2143
2314
2341
2413
2431

3124
3142
3214
3241
3412
3421

4123
4132
4213
4231
4312
4321


that sort of thing if your pinky gets sore it means its working

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#22
I don't have any problems playing anything with my pinky but it tends to straighten when i play anything with my ring finger (excluding when they are close together). Do similar exercises help and is there anything more specific to my problem?
#23
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I've heard that those are bad for the tendons in your fingers. Besides, like I said before, most pinky problems are from lack of finger independence, not weakness.

I havn't heard that it's bad for your tendons...I've heard that it helps liberate your pinky from your ring finger by loosening the tendon(s) that connect them.
#24
hammer on and pull off all of this

from troy stenia metal leads guitar book as well as a killer exercise.

oh and it isnt limited to just the low e. try it on all 6 strings xD. happy fretting!!

hope ur weak pinky disease goes away.

e--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
a--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e--1--2--1--2--1--2--1--2--1--3--1--3--1--3--1--3--1--4--1--4--1--4--1--4