Playing without nails

Updated on October 12, 2017 in General Discussion
3 on October 8, 2017

I have one nail, ring finger, that won’t stop cracking. Gelatin daily, Hard as Hoof, olive oil, nails as short as Segovia’s — no joy. I’ve heard that playing nylon guitar without nails is possible, and some prefer it for a warmer, if less sharp, sound. Does anyone here do that? Has anyone tried it and found it would not work for them? Thanks.

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0 on October 11, 2017

You can indeed play guitar without nails, but you will have a limited dynamic range.  It is so much easier to push into the string to bring out a melody with a strong nail than it is with flesh.

I have heard of people doing the following (not sure about how healthy this might be).  One idea is coating the problem nail with CA (crazy) glue.  Another is fake nails which is essentially a chunk of acrylic glued to your nail.  A third idea is using some of the commercially available delrin fingerstyle picks that mount on your fingertips.  But these fingerstyle picks are aimed towards steel string fingerstyle, so I have no idea how much they would tear up nylon strings.

I happen to be lucky that my nails which are constantly trashed during guitar making all grow back quickly and strongly so I’m never without them for very long.

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1 on October 12, 2017

Check out this site.

https://rmclassicalguitar.com/

on October 12, 2017

Astonishing tone quality! Thanks.

 

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