Pinky Workout

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Alright, it’s time to put that little finger to work! In this lesson, we’re going to learn an exercise that will help the 4th finger to be a little more dexterous. Trust me - you should do this exercise because it will come in handy in upcoming lessons!

With the 4th finger, you don’t use it a whole lot, but when you do, you want it to be strong and controlled. You certainly don’t want it flailing around the moment you pull it off of the string, and you want to be able to produce a solid note with it.

The Exercise

  • Starting on the thickest string, place your 3rd finger on the 7th fret.
  • Then, place your 4th finger on the 8th fret beside it.
  • Do the same thing on the 5th string, continuing on until you get all the way down to the 1st string.
  • From there, make your way back up to the thickest string, this time going from 4th finger to 3rd.
  • Repeat the process going from 2nd finger to 4th and then 1st finger to 4th.

While doing this, remember that this is NOT a speed drill! You’re focusing on dexterity and control here. You want to strengthen it up a bit, as well as toughen up the pad of the finger. You want it as hard and calloused as your other fingers!


The music for this exercise looks way more complex than just watching the video and or reading the above but here it is for you anyways! :) figure some of you might find it a help!

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