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I hate my little fingers

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Rasputin13, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Rasputin13

    Rasputin13 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    41
    419
    Jun 14, 2017
    Cleveland
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    I can't play this chord. My pinky mutes the strings. Won't stretch.
     

  2. alainvey

    alainvey Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 31, 2015
    London, UK
    Use your ring and middle fingers then!
     
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  3. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Make it part of your sound...
     
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  5. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    Thats what I would do.
     

  6. Inverness

    Inverness Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 24, 2013
    Salt Lake City
    Try it with 1 2 & 3?
     

  7. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    Try altering your wrist position. Move it around until your pinky doesnt mute the strings.
     

  8. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer

    Sep 18, 2014
    Victoria TX
    Your thumb location on back of neck is more than likely the culprit.
     

  9. lammie200

    lammie200 Strat-Talker

    389
    Apr 25, 2016
    San Francisco
    Keep practicing. A four fret stretch with the pinky is kinda key for a lot of applications.
     
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  10. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    52
    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    I sympathize; my pinky is uncooperative as well: short, inflexible and slow. I'm on the lookout for a new one....:D
     
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  11. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    A great exercise for your pinky it to practice trills with it and your 3rd finger.
     

  12. gwjensen

    gwjensen Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Guinness Recycling Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    Fortress Yorkshire
    Have a Guinness and give up until tomorrow. ;)
     
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  14. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    thumb positioning is everything....i just grabbed the chord without thinking and snapped a pic. notice the thumb and how low it is and also how it is pointed towards the headstock.
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  15. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    Play this one instead:
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  16. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Position the index finger (1) across more of the strings. That will rotate/curl your hand so that the pinky finger will be at a "higher angle" and it should then not mute the adjacent string.
     

  17. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida

  18. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    42
    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    Like Lumberg said play it a different way.
     

  19. banjaxed

    banjaxed Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    Liverpool UK
    I find it easier to use a barre and just mute the 6th string.
     

  20. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Guinness Recycling Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    Fortress Yorkshire
    My hand hasn't been able to stretch that far in a lot of years.
     
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  21. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    49
    Oct 10, 2009
    Texas
    Correct.

    It's all about leverage........

    and threatening your pinky with a meat cleaver if it doesn't shape up!