Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:34 pm
barcod wrote:Those nails though...
Not unlike those of a friend of mine ... who's capable of producing the most exquisite and delicate controlled sweetness or furiously explosive exclamations ... sometimes simultaneously I really don't know quite how he achieves it.
They have very rounded fingertips, so the nail must extend out pretty far to even start touching.
I have these kind of thicker fingertips and weak nails.. So I play flesh.. I actually get a pretty decent tone too. I think maybe those with thinner, more narrow fingertips need nails a little bit more to add some oomph. They can also more easily make use of them without having to grow nails quite long, as pictured.
If my nails were strong or I could afford fakes, I would use them. But honestly.. It's shocking how good flesh can sound on its own, if you have substantial fingertips, it's quite good. Good enough for me.
Oh I think it also depends on where your nail bed starts.
I guess as a flesh player I shouldn't chime in. But, i do think I'm right. If not, apologies.
Imagine a fat fingertip being pressed down. It fills in a lot of that nail area. His nails probabaly don't catch at all despite looking like they might. Also a lot of his tone might come from the flesh of his tips in addition to the nail. Unless I totally misunderstand how people play with nails.
Studying Jazz and Blues now.. So it goes friends. I might make a return to Classical at some point.