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#1 OFFLINE   tomislavzgb

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:27 PM

anyone out there can explain why do guitar players grow their fingernails long, what's the advantage of that, and should i as a beginner do the same thing?
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 05:21 PM

Welcome to the forum tomislav.

Some guitarist will have long fingernails on the hand they use for picking and strumming. depending on what sort of stuff you want to play it can be good. I tend to keep mine just slightly longer than most guys.
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Posted 02 April 2009 - 06:48 AM

Hello tomislav, welcome.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 07:34 AM

As a beginner, nail length is not crucial at this point. There are many things that have a higher place on the list.
Finger style players tend to have long nails on their picking hands to emulate the volume and crispnes of tone that a pick provides while retaining the flexability of having 4 fingers and a thumb to pick with.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 07:58 AM

not important at the beginning unless starting with a finger or classical style. i only play with my fingers so i keep my nails long and rounded on the right hand and very short and flat on the left hand. gets lots of questions from people.
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Posted 02 April 2009 - 11:49 PM

lorispencer said:

gets lots of questions from people.

No one ever asks me...:crying2:
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 12:42 PM

carol m said:

No one ever asks me...:crying2:

People assume that i only bite the nails on one hand.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:48 AM

Welcome to the forum !
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:51 AM

I know a guy that's a knockout player, in fact that's how he earns a living. He has his right hand nails done with acrylic at a nail salon so they don't break. The guy is an absolute killer hybrid picker ( flat pick between the thumb and forefinger and using the ring and middle to pick various single and double stops up high ) Hope this answers your question.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 02:07 PM

I keep my left hand nails very short, but the ones on the right I grow to a medium length. If they are too long they break too easy. I did the acrylic thing once and couldn't wait to get them off! I reallllly disliked the sound. (and they ruined my natural nails and have taken months to get back into shape)
When I first started playing I had to cut the left hand down to nothing just to get notes to ring clear, but not so short now. I don't think I thought much about my right hand until I started finger picking. Now I know just how long I like them to get the sound I want :)
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:15 PM

I wish I could keep my nails different lengths on each hand but I can't. It drives me absolutely insane if all my nails aren't cut to the same length. How weird is that?...never mind... :rolleyes:

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:43 PM

LOL not weird! It bothered me for about 2 years!
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:42 AM

Nutty and Dawn, you need a dose of Musician's Pride! - You are a guitarist, you are a musician, you proudly wear the badge of the guitar player - long nails on one hand, short on the other, and calluses to boot.

Repeat after me:
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:29 AM

I have my nails cut back down on the fretting hand and a bit longer on the other, never took much care of my nails until I started playing guitar, I wear gloves at work a lot of the time now too my hands are in a lot better shape than they used to be, if anyone has a go at my long nails I just scratch their eyes out:devil2:
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:28 PM

carol m said:

Nutty and Dawn, you need a dose of Musician's Pride! - You are a guitarist, you are a musician, you proudly wear the badge of the guitar player - long nails on one hand, short on the other, and calluses to boot.

Repeat after me:
Hah!! Yes folks, I play guitar, and I'm proud!! Eat my dust!! :yeahhh:
Haha! Yeah! I'm a muscian?? Well that is a matter of opinion, yet another thing I am trying!! My nails being different on each hand doesn't bother me at all anymore. In fact I can't stand them on the left hand! :)
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:46 PM

Tried to grow my nails many times, but find it impossible because of the job i do. I like to play fingerstyle and have now become happy with the softer tone i produce with just the pads of my fingers.
Wasn't to start with, but the more i played the more i got used to it i suppose, now i don't think i would grow them if i could, personal preference i guess:smilinguitar:





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