Originally Posted by tele-rain
I am still having a problem with barring the chords with my ring finger. I can play it well, the notes all ring out, but my finger formation looks wrong compared to when I see others do it. As mentioned, I can't seem to bring my pinky and middle finger down. I've been trying to research if there is a right or wrong way, and I know that's usually up to debate, haven't found much luck. I'm fine with playing it as I have been, but if it's bad practice, then I'd like to correct it.
So, what are your thoughts? Is it bad to keep my middle finger and pinky slightly bent down, not under the neck, or will that do me damage in the long run?
Why do you want your pinky behind the neck? It has no business there, the fretting fingers should be above the fretboard ready to fret notes.
Have you tried fingering power chords with your 1,3,4 fingers instead of barring the ring finger? I prefer doing it that way and it might be easier for you.
A good excersise for getting the fretting fingers to stay closer to the fretboard is the old chromatic 1,2,3,4 excersise. But keep your finger on the board when you fret the next note. So we you get to the pinky all four fingers are on the fretboard.