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My pinky and ring finger are very close when playing some chords, as showed in Image 1. If I play the chord in Image 2, which is to hold B / F# / D / F# first and then hammer on E, my left hand will result in Image 3 and the E will be almost mute.

Is it possible to improve my pinky to the extent as Image 4?

If it is possible, how to achieve it? enter image description here

In Image3 and Image4 my thumb anchors at the center of the neck.

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Yes, I personally would recommend two things:

  • Dexterity Exercises

  • Stretching

There are many boring finger dexterity exercises out there, and though it may be tempting to just focus on your pinky, you would need to work all of the fingers; working to make all of them independent.

There is an old stretching trick a lot of instrumentalists use for different reasons. You simply place your wrist in between the fingers you want to stretch. At first, place your wrist sideways so you don't pull a muscle. Over time, feel free to turn your wrist so it spreads your fingers wider. I have known some to even wrap their wrist to make it even wider.

If you stretch every day and are diligent with dexterity (independence) exercises, your flexibility and finger strength will improve and you will be able to perform the chord.

For the time being, though I don't know the context, you could capo III. Again, it may not be a practical solution.

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