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1 Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:28 am

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So I was told by my teacher that my pinky is too spastic and that I keep tucking it under the fretboard. Anybody experience the same problem? Any advice or exercises that might help would be really appreciated.

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2 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:23 pm

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What do you need help with on your pinky? Is it a fingering problem?


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3 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:28 pm

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I tend bend it so that the tip of my finger touches the base and then I struggle to get it straight again to play on the fretboard. So I only have 3 fingers on the fretboard. It's not that big of a deal now because I don't play very fast but my teacher said that it will hamper me later on and prevent me from playing fast.

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4 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:25 pm

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I've broken my wrist so often that my pinky isn't even straight anymore, I just don't use it. I might need it later on when I start using 5 or 6 string, but I can play better without it then with it

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5 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:38 pm

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I fucked my picky up while playing basket ball one day, it's loose in it's socket, the doc say it healed that way, no way to change it. I just did random exercises to help it, but it's hurts when i use it. My suggestion: random exercises Razz
Also scales. Wink

6 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:31 pm

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Thank you!

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7 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:29 pm

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sum41rox wrote:My suggestion: random exercises Razz
Also scales. Wink

Pretty much this, I'm not an active bass player, but scales or learn riffs where you either have to stretch to use a pinky. Or fingering formations that would be easier to use a pinky.

Like this Tool riff: (sorry the font isn't good for tabs)

G|----------5---5h7p5---|---------5---5p4-----|
D|------7-----7--------7-|-----7-----7-------5-|
A|-5-5---8---------------|-5-5---8-------------|
D|------------------------|----------------------|


a riff like this, I personally think the note on the 8th fret (note F) on the A string would be easier to finger by using your pinky. You pluck the note A (7th fret D string) with your ring finger, then fret the F note with your pinky.

Though this riff is slightly easier on guitar since the frets are smaller/closer. It's a bigger stretch for bass.


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8 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:32 pm

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Doesn't matter, not that big of a stretch. I'll try it.

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9 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:00 pm

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I was just throwing that minor detail out. Though you are a bass player, not a guitar player so I'm hoping you're used to that sort of stuff.


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10 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:18 am

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Hahaha, yeah. When I look at a guitar everything looks so tiny. Wink

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11 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:15 am

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Imagine a ukulele


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12 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:22 am

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I've never seen one of them before...

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13 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:17 am

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14 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:21 am

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Yeah, I know what they are, but I've never held one before. Maybe I should have been a bit more specific. But thanks for the pic Wink

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15 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:43 am

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debbie wrote:Yeah, I know what they are, but I've never held one before. Maybe I should have been a bit more specific. But thanks for the pic Wink
They are a pain to play,you gotta have small fingers for it really.

16 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:22 am

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But Sum41 is hobbit sized so he should be fine with playing the ukulele


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17 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:52 pm

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there's an easy excersize to help with that.

Flatten your hand on a desk, then keep slamming your pinky into the desk, emphisizing the majority of the pressure on the finger's tip. (remember to keep it straight though.) you're going to feel your Extensors (muscles that controls extension in the fingers) in the bottom of your forearm working. This should help with the strength and coordination of that finger.

hope that helps.

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18 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:10 pm

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I will try it, thanks

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19 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:41 am

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Grungie wrote:Is it a fingering problem?
hehehehehe


sorry


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20 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:39 am

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Focus sexy coffee guy. Focus!

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21 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:26 am

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If Sexy Coffee Guy recruits the most users, his mod title has to be Sexy Coffee Guy.


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22 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:28 am

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Agreed. I just remembered...If he gets mod status he will get access to that other...thread.

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23 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:33 am

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Now you're just giving him more motivation.


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24 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:37 am

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Well, motivation is good...

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25 Re: Left hand pinky too spastic on Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:42 am

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true, true


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