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 A big dillema or no... I don't know how to treat it 
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Post A big dillema or no... I don't know how to treat it
Well, I've been told twice within the last few weeks that I seem to have the tendency to raise my fingers on my left hand too high above the fretboard at times while I'm playing. I never thought about it before, and the last guy that told me said I was fast, but I could be even faster if I didn't let my fingers shoot up so high, so I've been working on it, but it's really hard. You guys have any suggestions to working on not letting my fingers fly up like that? Is it really THAT big of a deal?

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that sucks dude, im having a similar problem, but mine´s with the left hand thumb, it gets too high on the back of the guitar neck, holding back the whole hand when i play stuff in far positions of the fretboard. im tryn to correct it now and its pretty hard to get rid of those kinda habits

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Economy of motion is definitely a good thing to have. I wouldn't go into a huge re-evaluation or anything over it, just work in into your appraoch over time and reap the benefits.

The best way would be just to take things you normally play and slow them right down, then try implementing the "reduced finger mileage" into your technique.

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Here's my advice:

1) Keep yours fingers curled toward the fretboard. Straight fingers are harder to control.
2) Practice keeping fingers close to the fretboard by playing really slowly... as slow as you need to keep them close. If you don't practice keeping them close at a slow speed, it's impossible at a faster speed.


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if all else fails try practicing standing right up against a door! then your fingers won't have as far to move...... :wink:

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ughh... that sucks man.. i have kind of a similar problem with my pinky... i dont use it alot.. cuz my hands and fingers are real big so i have a tendency of using my ring finger to reach far and barely using my pinky... anyways... now when i do try to use my pinky i dont push down hard enough and crap... hmm... i think ill go work on it now

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lil string skipper wrote:
ughh... that sucks man.. i have kind of a similar problem with my pinky... i dont use it alot.. cuz my hands and fingers are real big so i have a tendency of using my ring finger to reach far and barely using my pinky... anyways... now when i do try to use my pinky i dont push down hard enough and crap... hmm... i think ill go work on it now


I had the same problem when I was young little dude... Give it some practice and some time... Why in no time you'll be shovin your whole hand up in that.........oh....um.... I mean..... using all your fingers on that fret board...X :twisted:


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Lol, My pinky is pretty well trained up at this point. It tends to lose it's stamina a little faster than my other fingers, but it's getting there. I've also noticed in Paul's as well as Yngwie's playing that they don't really control their pinkies that much anyways. I constantly see then flinging pretty high up there, most of the time anyways.

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Yeah, that problem is really common. If you ever get a chance to see someone like Joe Stump or Rusty Cooley live, watch their hands. They have total control of all their fingers, and play extremely close to the fingerboard (especially Joe Stump - sometimes his fingers don't look like they are even moving). Both those guys have really good pinky technique too, they are just as strong and proficient with it as all their other fingers, pretty damn impressive actually. \m/:twisted: \m/

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FMK wrote:
that sucks dude, im having a similar problem, but mine´s with the left hand thumb, it gets too high on the back of the guitar neck, holding back the whole hand when i play stuff in far positions of the fretboard. im tryn to correct it now and its pretty hard to get rid of those kinda habits


i have the same problem as you FMK.How do you try to correct it?With some excersises or something like that?


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yeah, pinky pushups pay off. try playing, with your ring finger, and pinky only play riffs slow, bend do this for like a solid week and this will make your pinky and your ring finger soooo much more flexible and you'll be amazed at your out come, IF you practice it but you haft to practice hard and consistant, i'm just now reaping the benefits of having control, luckily my guitar teacher told me the importance of this when i start out :\ but i used to do it too.

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