I’ve been acutely aware of issues with my pinky for many years now. I’ve been trying to improve its strength on and off for the last year or so, wanting to improve it for pentatonic stuff (yes I know that I could just use my ring finger but I’m aiming for one finger per fret) and also for descending 3nps scales because pulling off and leading with the pinky to the next string above is a nightmare for me (4-2-1 fingering, because my 4-3-1 pull-offs are fine). The problem I’ve been getting recently is seen in this video:
I’m just doing simple and slow hammer-ons but you’ll notice that the second and third fingers want to come down onto the fretboard and hit the frets between the index and the pinky. It’s also difficult for me to play faster than the speed in the video because I feel so much tension, it feels like I’m constantly fighting against my second and third fingers and have to concentrate hard so they don’t come down fully. Why is this? Can anyone recommend some exercises to improve this?
What’s weird is that it got worse over the last few days since I started a slow and deliberate 3nps hammer-on exercise (1-2-4). I did notice the last day or so that my little finger was shaking and quivering when it was fretted though (no pain though - perhaps I just have some muscle fatigue?) By the way, for context, I can play fast (120bpm sextuplet) 3nps hammer-ons almost perfectly and quite cleanly, whereas my 3nps pull-offs are hideous (probably due to my terrible pinky ability?).