Shadowbelle wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:54 am
When I curl my fingers under loosely, as one does on the fretboard (not tightly as if making a fist), the little finger curves to the third finger. If I tighten the curve a bit as if fretting, the little finger tucks under the third finger.
This is the relaxed position.
I don't know how common this is, but it does make me struggle.
Hi while in the right hand is normal, actually a kynesiologist/guitarist stated that the pinky should "accompany the ring finger" many times ot allow a better alternation when using ring finger, and one of my professors, a high-level one, also used it. It means just to accompany the ring finger in a relaxed way. I reckon I also use the pinky that way as in a relaxed stance which sometimes travels with the ring. It reminds me to the compound stroke used in m-a.
Otherwise if it occurs in the left hand (too): my left hand also resembles yours when it is slightly curved and not tensioned. I'm not fully understanding the issue, do you have problems using the 4th finger in left hand? For instance can you play a scale in one position or in a longitudinal presentation (one finger for each fret)? Try if you can play this:
It's economy of motion.
Also have you tried stretching excercises? There are many in Carlevaro's fourth book (the one about "culmination of left hand study"). Try playing an A note in the sixth string with your THIRD finger, then WITHOUT lifting that previous finger play a B note in the same string with fourth finger. Only lift the third finger one fourth finger is pressed. That's an example and extract of a stretch excercise.
I don't know if that's one of the issues it may represent.
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