I often hear complaints of pinkies that curve inward, away from the bridge. I'm wishing I had that problem! I have the opposite. My pinky points very slightly toward the bridge.
This presents great difficulty with 3-4 half steps. Especially 3rd position and up. The other effect is that trying to keep a curved 4th finger on the string causes the side of the first finger to press into the neck! I used to think this was a hand rotation issue (which may be slightly... I don't know...), but on further review, I'm mostly blaming the pinky angle right now.
It seems the only way to play somewhat comfortably is to relax the rotation of the hand so the 3rd and 4th fingers are more parallel and closer together. But this is obviously bad technique and causes other problems (collapsing base joints, straightish fourth finger, etc).
What I'm trying to do is strengthen the muscles that widen out the hand. If I move very slowly and carefully while flexing the muscle on the pinky side of the hand (abductor digiti minimi), I can get that third position 3-4 half step. Still very difficult and too slow to do while actually playing anything. I don't know how much stronger I can make that muscle, as well as the interossei for the 3rd finger, but if those could be stronger and I could keep the base joints spread out with less effort, it feels like that could help my cause.
Just curious how many others deal with this backward pinky angle since I only ever hear of the opposite. What have you done to work with it? Any good ideas for strengthening the interossei and abductor digiti minimi without doing more harm than good?
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