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Hikina
09-27-2015, 06:18 AM
What is it??? alternate position??? I've stretched my ring and pinky apart
trying to get the stretch but I;m not even close. Stinking ring finger always wants to go along for the ride. Frustrated Wilfried Welti makes it look simple. Kinda pisses me off :)

Mark

Recstar24
09-27-2015, 06:42 AM
Yup, you need to use middle finger to half barre across strings 3-4. That frees up the other half of your hand to stretch the pinky easier, and your ring finger is free to come along for the ride ;)

Hikina
09-27-2015, 07:23 AM
It works!! Thanks guys. That pinky-ring connection must be some evolutionary malfunction that needs to go the way of the Dodo bird

Mark

Hikina
09-27-2015, 07:26 AM
pointer on 2 right??

Recstar24
09-27-2015, 01:33 PM
It works!! Thanks guys. That pinky-ring connection must be some evolutionary malfunction that needs to go the way of the Dodo bird

Mark

The muscle tendons that are responsible for the ring and pinky essentially operate within the same "network" so they inherently want to move together.

kypfer
09-27-2015, 09:02 PM
The muscle tendons that are responsible for the ring and pinky essentially operate within the same "network" so they inherently want to move together.

... but the old practice practice practice mantra can teach an old dog new tricks ;)

After 50+ years of strumming and picking on a guitar my left (fretting) hand pinky is used to doing a bit of work, but it was only when I took up woodwind a few years ago that I needed my right-hand pinky to become independent ... it learnt, probably simply because I needed it to so's I could play those lovely deep bass notes on my clarinet! I still need to encourage my right-hand ring-finger to become totally independent, though, so I can leave the pinky "down" whilst lifting the other ... we're getting there :)

By way of further encouragement (and giving me a chance to show off), when I took up ukulele a just a few years ago my left pinky just about reached the 5th fret with my index (pointer) finger on the first (on a soprano ukulele). The 7th fret is now perfectly reachable and used frequently in the "first position", that is to say without having to move my thumb from it's "normal" playing position.

As always, YMMV but don't give up too soon ;)

Good luck !!