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post Nov 9 2008, 02:40 AM
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I have recently noticed that i use my pinky to often when playing lead..... Sometimes i use it on longer notes and the i cant make vibrato with it and enev whenplaying higher up on the guitar i sue my pinky even thoght i dont have to....

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post Nov 9 2008, 02:43 AM
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I use it everywhere I can but not really good for long vibrato notes. In that case I switch my position and play that note with some other finger.


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post Nov 9 2008, 02:51 AM
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I have the exact opposite problem.. somewhere early on i got used to not using the pinky all that much and it's one of those bad habits i cant shake smile.gif


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post Nov 9 2008, 07:36 AM
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QUOTE (superize @ Nov 9 2008, 03:40 AM) *
I have recently noticed that i use my pinky to often when playing lead..... Sometimes i use it on longer notes and the i cant make vibrato with it and enev whenplaying higher up on the guitar i sue my pinky even thoght i dont have to....

Anyone else do this?


I don't think this is a bad thing. Alot of upcoming players have the opposite problem actually.

Emir has given great advice for switching fingers. If you still want to use your pinky for bends and vibrato,
it will need extra strength and help from the other fingers in most cases.

To get extra strength place the other 3 fingers on the fretboard as well (in front of pinky or on lower frets, same string!)
Use all/one or 2 fingers to bend or vibrato then. The only affected note will be the one your pinky is on.

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post Nov 9 2008, 09:18 AM
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I do this quite often superize.

I guess it's not really a bad habit, as it's good technic to involve all 4 fingers and you can apply vibrato with the help of the other fingers as Ian said. But i know what you mean .. my vibrato is anyway not what it supposed to be, but when i use the pinky it's even worst. smile.gif

I think it's something you can easily adjust or optimize in your technic. Better this way around as like Trond to learn to use the pinky afterwards, i guess this was a lot more work for Trond ...





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post Nov 9 2008, 09:28 AM
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Actually most newbies cope with oppsite problem.

It's good to have pinky working as much as other fingers.


I think you don't need to worry for your vibrato.

Use other fingers for that as Emir suggested.



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post Nov 9 2008, 12:32 PM
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It's very good to use pinky as much as possible,way to go!
But if you have problems with it for longer notes and vibrato
then just give it a rest and go for ring finger,no problem. smile.gif


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Thanks for your replies guys.....

I noticed when watching Syu play that he rarely use his pinky for speed runs..... ONly on longer stretches


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post Nov 9 2008, 07:59 PM
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I have the same issue, but I try to solve it by practicing vibrato and bends with my pinky extra much,. But untill then I get good enough, I do as emir said, swich fingers for when it's needed laugh.gif

Edit: Wow, my post made no sense, hope it does now.

This post has been edited by Fsgdjv: Nov 9 2008, 08:26 PM


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post Nov 10 2008, 10:33 AM
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Its definitly cool to use your pinky more often...You will develop its strength which is a very good thing..Regarding bends and vibrato , just as Emir and others said, use a different finger...its completely ok to do so...


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post Nov 10 2008, 04:39 PM
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There is no need to worry, using a pinky is a good thing. Also if you need to work on your bending and vibrato with pinky, just practice it. You can achieve a huge level of vibrato control on the pinky through practice as well as on the other fingers. Just try to back it up with the rest of the fingers behind it.


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post Nov 11 2008, 11:14 AM
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I also don't see a problem with using your pinky a lot, as the others already mentioned many people have the exact opposite problem, they don't use it at all. The more fingers you are using the more options you have, so this is definitely a good thing, and if vibratos on lone notes feel uncomfortable with your pinky, well, as Emir suggested, you can use a different finger for such things then or just practice this with your pinky (it would give you even more options then)


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QUOTE (Trond Vold @ Nov 9 2008, 01:51 AM) *
I have the exact opposite problem.. somewhere early on i got used to not using the pinky all that much and it's one of those bad habits i cant shake smile.gif


I`m with Trond here, I`ve always used my pinky but not that much, I kind of shift patterns around (something that I did early on), something I`m working on more and more to introduce as much as possible but like Trond, if I can reach or play without using it then I dont, its a bad habit thats taking soooo long to shake! smile.gif


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QUOTE (superize @ Nov 8 2008, 05:40 PM) *
I have recently noticed that i use my pinky to often when playing lead..... Sometimes i use it on longer notes and the i cant make vibrato with it and enev whenplaying higher up on the guitar i sue my pinky even thoght i dont have to....

Anyone else do this?



As already said, i think if anything this is good because after a while you will be able to do vibrato and stuff with it and then you'll have 4 fingers that are relatively equal. Most people have the opposite problem so if anything your ahead of the game here
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QUOTE (superize @ Nov 9 2008, 02:40 AM) *
I have recently noticed that i use my pinky to often when playing lead..... Sometimes i use it on longer notes and the i cant make vibrato with it and enev whenplaying higher up on the guitar i sue my pinky even thoght i dont have to....

Anyone else do this?


I practised vibrato with pinky, and now have good vibrato with it.
It's that simple.
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post Dec 23 2008, 02:07 PM
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Well I had the same issue here, especially when trying to make bends and vibratos with my pinky, now I am working really hard to build some strenght and with a little help from the index finger on the bends everything is just fine. I've seen many guitar players use only the tree, especially on pentatonic runs, but I generally use index-ring and index-pinky. This was a problem at first but after few exercices, it turned to be an adventage.


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I use it on regular basis like other fingers. When it comes to vibrato I restrict myself not to do it with pinky!
Also I do know people who are great players and use pinky for both bends and vibrato , even bending + vibrato ! (Iain Scott for example)

If you are having doubts technique/speed wise then its very easy to test where you are at - play the same passage using 3rd finger and then using pinky. Use metronome and determine the fastest tempo for pinky and 3rd finger , and after that it becomes obvious which one you should use more frequently smile.gif


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Vibrato with your pinky isn't very convenient but if you have to do it try supporting your pinky with your other fingers when you do vibrato.
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