#1
im having trouble fretting correctly with my pinky
i think its the source to my problems because the rest of of my fingers are confident

i was looking for general pinky fretting tips and exercises


thanks for any help
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#3
Metronome + Scales

Alternatively, try dexterity exercises such as:


e-------------------------4-5-----
b--------------------4-5----------
g----------------4-5--------------
d------------4-5------------------
a-------4-5-----------------------
e--4-5----------------------------

Across and back across the fretboard with fourth and pinky finger, make sure to do the reverse, 5-4, too. Also work 2-5 with index / pinky, 3-5 with middle /pinky but because of the way your muscles are linked working the fourth / pinky is the most challenging.
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#4
Uh, unless you're deformed and have 4 fingers PLUS a pinky on your fret hand, the pinky finger is number 4. There is no number 5.
T=thumb, 1=forfinger, 2=middle, 3=ring, 4=pinky. That's it. Maybe you Scots have more fingers than we do over here in America? Is that why you're so good at golf?
#5
Try dexterity exercises using your ring and pinky. I still have problems with very fast repeated pullofs using ring and pinky and for this i practice just going up and down the strings pulling off slowly increasing my speed.

Also use something like a stress ball (or something a bit more technical) to increase your finger strength.
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#6
A particular pattern I used to get my pinky doing what I wanted it to was this...
||------------------------------------------------------------------
||------------------------------------------------------------------
||-------------------------------------------------1-4-2-4-3-4-2-4--
||---------------------------------1-4-2-4-3-4-2-4------------------
||-----------------1-4-2-4-3-4-2-4----------------------------------
||-1-4-2-4-3-4-2-4--------------------------------------------------

(etc. up down down + alt. picking)
I would always start my practice with this for about 5-10 minutes before continuing with whatever else I was learning at the time. Helped no end.

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#7
Quote by LeftyDave
Uh, unless you're deformed and have 4 fingers PLUS a pinky on your fret hand, the pinky finger is number 4. There is no number 5.
T=thumb, 1=forfinger, 2=middle, 3=ring, 4=pinky. That's it. Maybe you Scots have more fingers than we do over here in America? Is that why you're so good at golf?


Those numbers represent the frets.. Its a very common system, whats it called again.. oh yah! Tabs!
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#8
Quote by Highbinder
Those numbers represent the frets.. Its a very common system, whats it called again.. oh yah! Tabs!


I think he was referring to what you called the fourth and pinky, as in, the pinky = the fourth, and you meant 'your third and your pinky'.
#9
I basically worked on doing hammer on's and pull off's with my pinky. Try doing a bar chord (so all ur fingers are occupied) and just do hammer on/pull off's with the pinky.

John Mayer's "Why Georgia" offers a good pinky exercise and some percussive pinking too (slapping the strings in between notes).
#10
Quote by Azunaii
I think he was referring to what you called the fourth and pinky, as in, the pinky = the fourth, and you meant 'your third and your pinky'.


Oh.

Well, thumb is a finger.

>_>
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