Asked • 06/15/19

Why does the ring finger not move independently?

Why is it that we need to move little finger in order to move ring finger with it? For example, put your palm on a table and fold your middle finger inside. You won't be able to move your ring finger unless you move your little finger along with it. Why? [Paul Gilbert](http://www.paulgilbert.com) and [Buckethead](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckethead) and various other guitarists are the only people that I'm aware of that use the ring finger and looks independent. Is it possible to have surgery to make the fingers independent or is it not functional to do that?

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