- Guitarnoise Denizen
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- Location: Lancashire, England
For me however, it was a wrist position issue. I found if I dropped my thumb further down the back of the neck, the amount of lift in my fingers instantly reduced. That, and a lot of metronome work solved the problem.
Good luck with it!
Noel Gallagher (who took the words right out of my mouth)
Keeping your fingers close is good. It's less distance they have to travel. You can play faster. However, with minimizing finger motion, it needs to be executed in a way that does not cause the hand to tense up. It's really a matter of your muscles being in shape and using them properly.
However, there are plenty of really great and fast players who have a lot of finger motion. The main thing is to keep your hand as relaxed as possible. Tension slows you down.
After a note has been played, rather than "lifting" the finger, just relax it.
If your pinky is flying way off the fretboard, your hand is probably too tense, and you probably have a bad hand-to-fretboard angle which is making your pinky feel the need to fly off.
There's always anchor exercises that you can work on, but check your hand position first. Your pinky should be very curved rather than straight.