Tips on strengthening pinky

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  1. TheSandman

    TheSandman Active Member

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    Been doing the 1, 2, 3, 4, exercises up and down the neck to strengthen my pinky. It's getting there, but at times it wants to go far away from the frets. Any other tips out there besides the exercise that I've been doing?

    I'd like to add that I sometimes mix up the exercise.

    The exercise(s) in this vid is what I've been doing

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0FxUazEcjI]Guitar Exercise for Finger Independence and Control - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Play the bass, heh heh. My pinky has been working wonders since I started. Sorry, that's not really very helpful, but I know that I have troubles with pinky stretch and hand reach for a long time even with trying out some exercises and then after taking up the bass they magically disappear. If you have a bass it's worth a try trying to beat those telephone cables into submission by playing scales down near the nut.
     
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    keep playing. Sounds silly, but it will come.

    Also, I'd try to put these exercises in a musical context, for example by learning songs, riffs and such that involve an extensive or particular use of the pinky, it will be much more fun and rewarding.

    Off the top of my head, I'm thinking of Message in a bottle by the Police and Crazy Train by Ozzy (Randy Rhoads actually). I think it's a cool way to learn new riffs of different genres without getting bored and practicing at the same time
     
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    "Play the bass, heh heh."

    Second that. I have nerve damage that makes my pinky numb and useless at times. Playing guitar an hour or more a day for months helped, but just two weeks of bass playing was a night and day thing. That goes for the other fingers, my hand and wrist as well.
     
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    Speaking of strong pinkies- Garcia used to play a barre "A" chord using his little finger to barre the D, G and B strings! I can't come close (yet).

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    I hired a personal trainer for my pinky.;)
     
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    That pretty much says it all right there. I try to start each playing/learning session by warming up with some scales. This trains you to use all four fingers. Here's Marty, the guy that got me started playing scales.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBqqc299Ld0[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfDmVwz24lE[/ame]


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf_2eodyR_0"]Learn Guitar - Pentatonic Scale Patterns to practice - How to solo on guitar - YouTube[/ame]



    Now-a-days I'm working on finger picking. One would think that a right handed person would find it easier to control the pinky on the right than it is the left. Well, for me it's a whole new challenge.
     
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    Squeeze a tennis ball.
     
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    I actually do it quite often on the electric:dunno:
     
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    I do a cowboy "A" with the tip of my index finger, and use the first part of my pinky to barre the D,G,B for some barre chords down the board as well -- bending the joint to clear the little E. I thought everyone did ?!? The textbook way is a clusterfk of fingers and leads to sharping strings.
     
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    same here. I either use my pinky or my ringfinger to bar the B,G and D strings
     
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    You can learn to play slide. I use a fairly heavy brass slide on my pinky. That'll make it stronger for sure.
     
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYACqIavUWM"]Guitar Technique - Building Strength in Your Pinky - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R27SSQvkO8s[/ame]
    ;>)/
     
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  17. TheSandman

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    Thanks man. Will give that a shot
     
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    I would "third" the bass comment. :)
     
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    practice trills up and down the neck with the pinky.
     
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    Play scales with all four fingers. I've recently started a new practice routine a few hours a day and I can already tell a difference in speed, accuracy, and strength. It's like anything else....takes time effort and practice.
     

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