Pinky locking

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by quatre03, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. quatre03


    Aug 20, 2004
    it seems everytime i start to play some minor pentatonics or use that 4-5-6-1 motion my pinky(fretting hand) locks straight out, and will pop(not sonicly, physicaly) when i pull it back it, its like i have a hitch in my finger. are there any exercises to get my pinky to loosen up?
  2. ArabStrap


    Jan 6, 2005
    I had the exact same problem with my pinky. It disappeared after several long hours of trying to play the fingerpicking style on a guitar (Little Yellow Spiders by Devendra Banhart involves serious hammering with the pinky, I attribute my pinky getting better due to that if you're interested in trying). Now my pinky no longer has that spastic pop when I play the bass.

    Perhaps varied pinky hammering techniques on the bass could help?
  3. Warwick player

    Warwick player

    Dec 31, 2002
    Bucks, UK
    I have the same problem as well, but i think i know what causes my problem.

    My bro shut my hand in a door once (bathroom) as a small kid, i he did it now, he would have hell to pay for.

    It is a pain, as sometimes it locks up in the middle of songs, which can become frustrating.
  4. Th9nker


    Mar 18, 2002
    Do finger permentations...

    A LOT...

    That might reel it in....
  5. Muadip


    Feb 19, 2005
    My pinky does wierd moves but it doesn't pop
  6. whiteXcorpse


    Oct 21, 2004
    I have circus freak pinkies, they both bend inwards tword my ring fingers about 45 degrees. So that makes things difficult, but then it locks up and takes a moment or so to regain its flexibility. Its really annoying but i figured out if I don't move my pinky at certin angles and what not it won't lock, so it became a trial and error.