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I realized I have a bad habit of having my fingers too far from the fret board during my dexterity exercises. My pinky will retract to my palm as I'm going down the fret board and my middle finger isn't where I'd like it to be (it sometimes hovers a little high when I try to control my fingers to stay closer to the frets). Does anyone have this problem and ideas they used to try and solve it? Currently I've been forcing my fingers to stretch out across the frets, but I can feel my hand naturally try to go back to the old habits.
It's hard at first but you have to make a conscious effort to keep your fingers close to the fretboard. Like any repetitious manual dexterity task, the more more you do it, gradually the more it becomes automated & you don't have to keep reminding yourself & forcing your fingers to get in line!
I developed this tutorial to specifically to work on that issue. It can applied in many ways & of course to all fingers.
Building Pinky Strength & Dexterity
This tutorial is aimed at overall finger strength & dexterity.
Hope that helps!
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