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fingernails

by Travis Schuster
(Louisville Kentucky)

I have finally come to the conclusion that my regular nails are not going to make it for they break all the time.

What do you know about acrylics and do I have to go to a manicurist?

What kind of acrylics do I need or what about ping pong balls. Is that something I can do on my own?

One thing you can do to improve nail strength is to improve your diet & add vitamin supplements. I don't know about anyone else but since I've been taking vitamins not only has my general health improved but so has the strength and condition of my nails. I'd regard them as very strong now. You can't do any harm by trying it.

In the past when my nails did break and I really needed the nail to play I just bought the glue on nails from the chemist(drug store) and applied them myself. Just use a small amount of glue and then shape the nail to suit.

There was only one time when performing a resgueado technique that the nail flew off. Mostly it will be strong enough to hold.

I suppose you could go to a nail salon where they'll do it for you but I really wouldn't waste the money as it's quite easy to apply them yourself, especially when you get used to it.

I've never used a ping pong ball but I have heard of people that have successfully applied them. I'm just not sure if they used nail glue or something like super glue to adhere it.

I hope this has been of help.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Do you need nails?

by Anon
(Canada)

I am a grade 10 piano student and am just now trying to learn classical guitar. Your site looks fabulous; I look forward to learning the songs on it.

Just one question: How big of a deal is it to have long nails when playing the guitar? Having long nails drives me absolutely nuts when playing the piano.

Would I be okay just using my fingers to pluck the strings?

Hi,

The short answer to your question is yes, you can play without nails. I myself couldn't do it though I did do it for a while when I was involved in my teaching degree and was also learning piano for a while.

I know what you mean by having nails and trying to play a piano. Your nails make a loud clicking noise and slip and slide all over the place so it wasn't much fun.

Reluctantly, my piano teacher convinced me to cut off my nails and use glue on nails when playing the guitar. This was only partially successful though and not much fun.

You may be different on the other hand (no pun intended) and could play guitar without nails. The trade off is a lack of volume and tone color.

If that doesn't bother you then by all means go ahead.

Hope this has been of some help.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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nails

by mike
(southern england)

Is it a practical possibility to play classic style, with short nails on the right hand? I hate other than short nails.

Hi Mike,

Yes, it is possible to play classical guitar with short or even no nails on the right hand.

The "trade off" in my opnion is the loss of volume and even tone control but I guess it comes down to personal choice.

Trevor M.

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Instant Fingernails

by Denver T Ferrell
(Lisle, NY USA)

Hi, Will the instant fingernails work well for electric guitars?

Thank You

Denver

Hi Denver,

I'm not 100% sure if it will work for electric guitar but they did work for classical when I needed them sometimes in the past. This was usually in an emergency when I broke a fingernail.

They sounded a little "clunky' and strange but generally did the job well. I suppose all you could do is try them and see.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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