You have to go very slow at first and try and prepare the transfer of weight and pressure between finger 4 and 3. The shooting up of the 4th that you are experiencing at the moment needs to be tamed and controlled so as you can have total control over all your fingers and get the response you want from them. I think of the movements in three steps, pressure, empty, and release, after the release of the finger 4 you are in the act of placing 3 on the guitar, or perhaps you already had it prepared, either way the 4th should then be empty of tension and much easier to control. Often the shooting up is a sign that there is still lots of energy and tension in the finger as it lifts away from the fingerboard and we want to control this and really clean it up.Erik Zurcher wrote:@Matthew, when I play a descending chromatic scale starting with 4, how can I prevent my pinky shooting up when I play 3? I know it should be hovering just above the string.
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Just practice slowly going between 3 and 4 and really try hard to limit the amount of lift your 4th finger has as you play with 3. It is natural to have some lift but as you know you need all your fingers hovering over the string, it takes slow, steady and careful practice to control the fingers when they are not in the act of playing, every time you see them fly up,stop, reset and begin again. Eventually the fingers will start to become tamed!
We can have a good look at it during the CGR in July!