Praeludium wrote:A lot of guitarists, especially nowadays, play with relatively short nails, included some great concertists.
Ironwood wrote: I prefer to play with nails because it helps to give individual notes a certain clarity that playing without does not. My problem has been that my nails don't seem to ever be hard or tough enough not to crack or break easily. Encouraged by other acoustic guitarists, I started using silk, super glue and plastic filler, then filing them accordingly. That worked well once I became accustomed to the slightly bulkier nail. However, after a period of years, I had to stop building up my nails and immediately noticed that my natural nails appeared to have become more susceptible to breaking. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Flesh only still doesn't sound right to me (although it does work for others), so have to limp along with only a bit of nail.
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