Pinky Dexterity Exercise

A lot of us has difficulty with our pinky finger or little so here are a few exercises to help address this problem. Make sure and I mean make sure you let the notes ring properly or sound properly avoid hitting other strings as you hammer and pull off. Speed is not essential at first but increase it as you make the notes clearer and clearer as you go. Speed is a byproduct of accuracy, I'm sure I heard that somewhere.

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Exercise 1 This is more of a warm up for the next exercises. Start slow then gradually speed up until your little finger slows down by it self if it does not and you are that proficient then maintain that speed with as much consistency as you can. Use your ring finger for the 12th fret then hammer and pull off away with your pinky/little finger. You can also to this on the other strings but if you choose to do so then make sure that as you hammer and pull off you do not hit the strings adjacent to the ones you are using. Keep it as clean as possible.
E 12h13p12h13p12h13p12h13 and so on ----------------------------------
B --------------------------------------------------------------------
G --------------------------------------------------------------------
D --------------------------------------------------------------------
A --------------------------------------------------------------------
E --------------------------------------------------------------------
Exercise 2 Only pick the first note. Don't use your pointing and middle finger in this exercise. You could also move up the fret board if you wish.
E -------------------------------------------------------12h13p12h12---
B --------------------------------------------12h13p12h12--------------
G----------------------------------12h13p12h12-------------------------
D ----------------------12h13p12h12------------------------------------
A -----------12h13p12h12-----------------------------------------------
E 12h13p12h12----------------------------------------------------------
 
E -------------------------------------------------------13p12h13p12---
B --------------------------------------------13p12h13p12--------------
G ---------------------------------13p12h13p12-------------------------
D ----------------------13p12h13p12------------------------------------
A -----------13p12h13p12-----------------------------------------------
E 13p12h13p12----------------------------------------------------------
Exercise 3 HOLD 12 and 15 with your pointing and ring finger and pull off with your pinky. Start slowly until you get the pattern gets stuck in your head. This exercise will help your pinky/finger become more precise.
E ---------------------------------------------------------------------
B 15-h18p15-h17p15-------------h18p12------h17p15----------------------
G 12--------------h18p12-h17p12------h17p12------h18p12----------------
D ---------------------------------------------------------------------
A ---------------------------------------------------------------------
E ---------------------------------------------------------------------
I hope this helps! Cheers!

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    sanjay_ankur
    Well, my pinky wont move at all now XD The last exercise was a tough one.. I can hardly manage the pull off.. More practice needed
    keram
    I think this: E -----12h13p12h12--- B -----12h13p12h12----- G-----12h13p12h12----- D -----12h13p12h12----- A -----12h13p12h12----- E 12h13p12h12----- should be: E -----12h13p12h13--- B -----12h13p12h13----- G-----12h13p12h13----- D -----12h13p12h13----- A -----12h13p12h13----- E 12h13p12h13-----
    ray_jeremy
    I love it! This helps me after 1 week practice each 30 mins and now my pinky is stronger!
    bamlethal
    Whoa. Didn't know people actually liked this lesson. Thanks guys, and keram was right about the 12 13 12 12 thing, sorry for that.
    popolvuh89
    Pretty good exercise, I really took my time to make it happen, even tough the last one was completely unachievable to me because of my guitar.
    bamlethal
    Sorry for the typos. *You can also do this on the other strings *Start slowly until the pattern gets stuck in your head.
    adsauzier
    Thanx, this really helps with me having tiny hands and fingers. Gr8 Job!!!!
    daniel.kPL
    Nice! Come see my lesson on left hand dexterity if you want to go deeper! Still, your lesson on pinky is a good way to develop it. I've had some problems with it few years ago and excercises like this helped me a lot. Also, I reccomend playing papa roach - last resort as a pinky dexterity excerciese. Come see my lesson here! http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/c... ce/developing_left_hand_dexterity.html Cheers !