Been playing seriously for around twelve months now (but with about 3-4 months doing almost nothing between about Jul and Oct due to a big project at work) and I'm making reasonable progress in certain areas and not others.
One thing that I feel is holding me back a lot is a lack of control over the pinky (well, finger independence in general but specifically the pinky). I'm sure this is normal but just wanted some advice.
No matter what I do I cannot seem to get the pinky to behave like the other fingers. See below for what happens when I do the traditional 'spider' exercises - the pinky always wants to be at a 90 degree angle to the ring finger and goes completely against the angle of the other fingers. https://s29.postimg.org/if31zbgqf/IMG_1151.jpg
Im doing daily dexterity/independence exercises and I think certain areas are improving but don't feel like I'm making progress with this.
On the subject of the pinky, I'm also having real trouble separating the pinky from the ring finger. The pinky just always wants to 'stick' to the ring finger. For example if I'm fretting a chord with the index, middle and ring on adjacent frets (say frets 5, 6 and 7 on the B, G and D string and then I tried to hammer on with the pinky to fret 8 on the D, it would naturally want to come down on the same fret that the ring finger is occupying.
Does anyone have anything in particular to recommend to try and improve this? I'm going to spend a couple of weeks doing pretty much nothing but dexterity exercises and see if I can make some progress.