#1
hey everyone

today i had a bass lesson and my bass teacher said i need to use my pinky A LOT more. so long story short does anyone know any songs that will encourage (or force) me to use my pinky the right way? just keep in mind nothing too hard and maybe somethin that this website has a tab for

thanks
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#3
Any anti-flag songs are great for using all your fingers.
This 1 is good and not too hard >http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/a/anti-flag/if_you_wanna_steal_you_better_learn_how_to_lie_btab.htm
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#5
guys i looked at the songs and they seem a little fast and hard. i want something that is easy 2 learn bt forces me to learn to use my pinky. i think i shoud note that im having lessons so i musnt be that good and iv only been learning for less than a year and lessons for a month

thanks for the suggestion though. also im not into metal/deathcore related genres sorry
Originally Posted by smb
I'm an arrogant bastard - I thought I was good before I'd plucked a note. I was right, of course.

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#6
few songs are going to "force" you to use your pinky. Just think about what you're playing when youplay it. You can almost always cheat and use your ring finger to play the pinky part, just be aware of this and don't do it.

Coming (with small hands) from a doublebass background, I often do the opposite and stagger my ring finger on top of my pinky then use my pinky to play notes that a ring finger would normally be used for. You can try this out as an excercise to start getting your pinky into shape, just realize that you shouldn't start playing this way all the time.

Scales are your friend, first position of a a major scale makes you use your pinky 3 notes out of 8, minor makes you use it 2 notes out of 8. You can practice those to take control of your pinky.
#7
Send me a pm and I can give you some info on where to buy Progressive Bass Concepts, it has some good exercises for strengthening your fretting hand.
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#8
yea bass player tend to use pinkies more as their frets are much bigger.just practice playing four consecutive frets on each string ; each fret for each finger and slowly accend the neck. after you get used to using your pinky, try bigger stretches (:
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#9
do some exercises that incorporate your pinky. Thats how i did it for guitar. getting your pinky stronger is hard but it pays off
#10
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Send me a pm and I can give you some info on where to buy Progressive Bass Concepts, it has some good exercises for strengthening your fretting hand.


sorry im not interested in spending any money, thanks though, also thanks everyone il keep it in mind
Originally Posted by smb
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#11
Spider exercises.

Srsly.

Work from the first fret to the fourth fret on each string, moving up and forcing yourself to use your pinky for the fourth fret. Then move to the next position and do it all again. Repeat for every fret on the bass.

Do this daily, and your little finger will get a lot stronger and you'll be a lot more used to using it automatically when it's appropriate.
#13
To concur--spider walk scales, scales, arpeggios and metronome. They will be your best friends in getting that pinky working. And work your scales in several positions up and down the neck.

Also check out the Bass exercises in the FAQ.
#15
Manic Depression made me use my pinky when I started out. And the song by Hendrix, too.
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#16
Jammin by Bob Marley uses the second to fifth fret stretch that you can reach with your pinky. It's also pretty slow paced.

Also, I used to think that you were Rich Appleman, Applehead.
I was a bit dissapointed to find out otherwise.
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Also, I used to think that you were Rich Appleman, Applehead.
I was a bit dissapointed to find out otherwise.



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#18
8 Days a Week by the beatles, very simple, pinky required
#19
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#20
The intro of Down With the Sickness -Disturbed. It's a good exercise for building pinky strength.
#21
the intro to wasted years causes you to use your pinky. do the bass part right before the verse.
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#22
the chorus to It's My life by No Doubt :p that was good for usin the pinky when i learnt it, even if it is terribly cheesy, it's not metal?
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#23
someone's probably said it, but master of puppets?

back in black maybe?

tapping is good for the pinky, eg: intro to hot for teacher (nb I realise this isn't a bass part)
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then up a string