I have been researching exercises online that strengthen, but more importantly build accuracy in the pinky. Most resources seem to involve playing a song you know using only the 2,3 and 4 fingers (omitting the pointer finger). I have tried this and it is HARD! The fact that it is hard doesn't scare me off from doing it per se, but I was wondering if there are any more basic exercises that you all might know to help develop pinky proficiency. Thanks for any thought or ideas.
PS the reason I am interested in these excursuses is because I have recently learned a new song (The Magic Foot) and I can play the whole thing well and fast, save for the two "phrases" of the song where I need to fret the D string on the 6,7,6, and 2 frets in rapid succession. It seems that the pinky should be the one called in off the bench to play that A note on fret 7. Of course I could cheat and just play the open A string but I feel like that would be a cop-out.