#1
Hey, I've noticed that my pinky is sort of lagging behind on my fretting hand, I was wondering if you guys knew of any pinky exercises which focused and the pinky and could help me in that area, thanks.
#2
play guitar hero on expert. i usually cant play above medium but the stretch to the orange button trains you to use your pinky when fretting...its the one thing that game can do right when it comes to relating to actual guitar
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#3
play songs that use your pinky.
i know this sounds like a snide remark, but really
just play songs that use your pinky, and that'll work a whole lot better than tying weights to your pinky and doing curls or something ridiculous.
#4
i learned this from steve vai's ten hour guitar workout thing(or maybe it was 30 hour?)but just keep you index finger planted and hammer on and off with your middle for a minute, then your ring finger, and then your pinky. After that, you alternate between all of them for a minute
It helps a lot and is a good excersize for all of your fingers. You should try to slowly extend the time avery day
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play guitar hero on expert. i usually cant play above medium but the stretch to the orange button trains you to use your pinky when fretting...its the one thing that game can do right when it comes to relating to actual guitar


... I don't have Guitar Hero... I was hoping for exercises on REAL guitar..

Oh and I don't know many songs that heavily use the pinky... Even if I do, I usually just extend my ring finger... so I need an exercise that will focus on my pinky more.
#6
Play chromatics scales with a metronome or train yourself to sweep. Both are hell on the pinky if done correctly.
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Quote by burgurhead1812
play guitar hero on expert. i usually cant play above medium but the stretch to the orange button trains you to use your pinky when fretting...its the one thing that game can do right when it comes to relating to actual guitar


#8
I used to do this for an exercise:


-----------------------------
---------------------etc----
--------------3-7-----------
---------3-7----------------
-----3-7--------------------
-3-7------------------------

This one really works the fingers. Do this as fast as possible with hammer ons.

----------------------------------------------------5-9-
----------------------------------------5-9------5-9----
-----------------------------5-9-----5-9---5-9----------
-----------------5-9-----5-9-----5-9--------------------
-----5-9-----5-9-----5-9--------------------------------
-5-9-----5-9--------------------------------------------
#9
Try this:
(using only your ring finger and pinkie)
|----------------------7h8-9p8----------------------|
|------------------7h8---------9p8------------------|
|--------------7h8-----------------9p8--------------|
|----------7h8-------------------------9p8----------|
|------7h8---------------------------------9p8------|
|--7h8-----------------------------------------9p8--|


then move up 1 fret and do it again. Repeat.

Try it with your middle and ring fingers too, it really helps their independence
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#10
Just play scales alot for practice. Its good to practice, and it helped me with my pinky issue
#11
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good, i'm not the only one that laughed. OP, chromatics and exercises will help. if you're watching tv you can just work the fingerings for practice w/out the amp. its also helpful (for me at least) to practice patterns by just tapping your fingers against a desk (or your palm) if you don't have a guitar handy.
#12
Quote by black_box
good, i'm not the only one that laughed. OP, chromatics and exercises will help. if you're watching tv you can just work the fingerings for practice w/out the amp. its also helpful (for me at least) to practice patterns by just tapping your fingers against a desk (or your palm) if you don't have a guitar handy.


Dude! I do those things all the time! Any flat surface I see, I just instinctively start now. Whenever I watch TV, no amp and practice! Ha!
#13
Quote by Nikon87
... I don't have Guitar Hero... I was hoping for exercises on REAL guitar..

Oh and I don't know many songs that heavily use the pinky... Even if I do, I usually just extend my ring finger... so I need an exercise that will focus on my pinky more.



actually, burgurhead has a point there.


most people hate the game and blah blah blah, but it does help your rhythm and pinky movements tbh...
#14
Use your pinky whenever you can. Worked for me, when I first started out, all I could play with was my three first fingers. I then took a day and learned the beginning of "In The Presence of Enemies PT.1" by Dream Theater (damn ****ing hard for me back then), and I've never had problems using my pinky since that :p
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