pinky pain!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Bass-desires, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Bass-desires


    Oct 25, 2008
    El paso, TX
    Hey, I can play with my other fingers for an hour, but my pinky cannot even last 10 minutes...On the fretting hand I mean heh. (And don't read that wrong)

    Is it my tech or do I just need to strengthen it? Is this a common problem?

  2. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    You strengthen it by using it when playing. No other exercise needed. It takes care of itself. Once I started incorporating my pinkie it hurt a little, but mostly because of lack of callus. Don't stress it out at first though: relax when playing and don't get any foolish ideas about "playing through the pain" - that's just repetitive stress injury waiting to happen.

    Anyway, if I even notice, my pinkie does a lot more than finger #3 now, and I'd be lost without it.
  3. tobie

    tobie Guest

    Nov 26, 2008
    My biggest battle at the moment (been playing for about a month) is to strengthen my pinky. It's also my biggest irritation as it causes rattles right through my practice sessions. But it's a battle I've accepted as a fact of life - it will pass soon. Try shortening your practice sessions (eg. 20 minutes max at a time) with 10-15 minute breaks in between. That will give the finger time to rest and build up strength for the next session. It's just a matter of time before it's as useful as the other fingers.
  4. Bass-desires


    Oct 25, 2008
    El paso, TX
    Aye thanks for the replies fellas. I was playing on and off yesterday for the the whole day, and by 7pm I could feel the muscle fatigue in my hand. Damn, I've been playing for about 5 months everyday, I would have figured I'd have gotten some serious endurance up....I got one of those finger strengtheners....lets see if it makes a difference. Thanks again