Before I am crucified for not having a teacher let me say (for the umpteenth time) I live in a rural area and despite an extensive search, have not found anyone within a two hour drive willing to work with me. Okay, like most bluegrassers I started out gripping the neck like a ball bat. Following lots of good advice from various TB folk, over the last several months I have broken that habit and am using the 1 2 4 (and an occasional 3) fingering. The problem is with the pinky. When I depress a string with it, the rest--especially the middle one--want to pop straight up. Consequently, when its time to make the next note, I have to move the fingers down several inches to make contract with the string resulting in slower and somewhat jerky playing. I can keep the fingers down when practicing by going really slow and concentrating. I believe that given time, muscle memory will take over and this will gradually sort itself out. BUT I was wondering if there were any specific exercises that I might try to help things along.