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pinky position, left hand

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by o_land, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. o_land


    Mar 22, 2013
    I'm just wondering if this is a problem.

    (pic of left hand)

    I feel like the pinky should be at a right angle to the finger board, but it feels more natural to have it pointing slightly upwards. It only becomes a problem when I slide up, it's like I'm dragging it.

    Any suggestions? Should I twist the wrist slightly outwards? Or lower the thumb behind the neck?

    Thanks in advance
  2. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    DB noob here, but my 2 cents... The angle looks fine, but are you locking the middle joint of your pinky? Maybe it's an illusion because of the camera viewpoint, but I believe all fingers should have a nice relaxed curve.
  3. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    It's fine. Do you have a teacher?

    When you learn proper spacing of your fingers it won't matter and you prob won't notice it. What matters is that you can do it without hurting yourself and that it's efficient while getting the right intonation. With practice any sloppiness (like dragging) will probably work itself out.

    Oh yeah, get a teacher.
  4. Fran Diaz

    Fran Diaz

    Mar 28, 2002
    Santander, Spain
    Everyone's hand is different and you can't change its shape. Your pinky naturally points upwards and there is nothing wrong with that, but as "smeet" said, locking the middle joint is not recommended; hold an apple or a tennis ball in your hand without squeezing it, that's more or less the way your hand should be shaped.
  5. o_land


    Mar 22, 2013
    Thanks for pointing that out about the finger being locked. I didn't notice it. I think I need to use the pinky more flat against the finger board, it doesn't seem to lock up that way.

    You guys are my teacher for now. And my mirror of course.
  6. try to get a gentle arch in your pinky, do not lock it:

  7. sludgelord3000

    sludgelord3000 Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sumit -- did you finally get an upright? (It's me, Collyn.)
  8. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    PM'd you Collyn.