Trouble with little (pinky) finger.

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mdbackinco

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I have trouble with my little (pinky) finger. While doing a "spider" or any four finger exerciise. It's always sticking straight out! I can use it fine, but usually "frets" poorly, or I move my whole hand. ANY suggestions?

Thanks, Mike

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I have trouble with my little (pinky) finger. While doing a "spider" or any four finger exerciise. It's always sticking straight out! I can use it fine, but usually "frets" poorly, or I move my whole hand. ANY suggestions?

Thanks, Mike

aliasmaximus

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Everybody has problems with their pinkies when playing guitar, at least early on. That's due in large part, I believe, to having grown up in an age of automation that's obsessed with maximizing convenience. Consequently, we've effectively stopped using our pinkies in a dedicated fashion. It's just along for the ride.

So, at some point, every guitarist needs to strengthen and train their fretting hand pinky finger to do useful tasks for the first time. Those spider walking exercises fit the bill nicely, as would playing chords that require the pinky (especially those that require reaching with the pinky). Realize however that it will probably take at least a few months of daily exercises to start perceiving any improvement. Even longer for "vintage" model guitarists like me ; )

So, patience and practice. That will eventually get you to where you want to go.

Nicolai

"Whatever you are, be a good one" - Abraham Lincoln

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Everybody has problems with their pinkies when playing guitar, at least early on. That's due in large part, I believe, to having grown up in an age of automation that's obsessed with maximizing convenience. Consequently, we've effectively stopped using our pinkies in a dedicated fashion. It's just along for the ride.

So, at some point, every guitarist needs to strengthen and train their fretting hand pinky finger to do useful tasks for the first time. Those spider walking exercises fit the bill nicely, as would playing chords that require the pinky (especially those that require reaching with the pinky). Realize however that it will probably take at least a few months of daily exercises to start perceiving any improvement. Even longer for "vintage" model guitarists like me ; )

So, patience and practice. That will eventually get you to where you want to go.

Nicolai

"Whatever you are, be a good one" - Abraham Lincoln

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: mdbackinco

I have trouble with my little (pinky) finger.

These tutorials are aimed at acquiring, building & maintaining finger strength & dexterity, especially in your ring & pinky fingers.

Trill Drills

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1829

Building Pinky Strength & Dexterity

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1292

Hope that helps! Best of success with it!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Originally Posted by: mdbackinco

I have trouble with my little (pinky) finger.

These tutorials are aimed at acquiring, building & maintaining finger strength & dexterity, especially in your ring & pinky fingers.

Trill Drills

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1829

Building Pinky Strength & Dexterity

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1292

Hope that helps! Best of success with it!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

mdbackinco

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thank you Chris.

mike

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thank you Chris.

mike

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: mdbackinco

thank you Chris.

You're welcome!

Christopher Schlegel
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Originally Posted by: mdbackinco

thank you Chris.

You're welcome!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory