I'm sure you were being facetious about Ms. Isbin being a no-nails player ! If folks go to Youtube and just type her name in, 3rd video down is "Asturias" ( begins with she climbing up stairs) and stop at 1:02 (thumbnail shot) and 1:03 ( i of [ p i m a ] nail shot, all will see the cold facts. I do think some players go way too far (literally) with nails. A good 1/16" past fingertip gives all the bite you need but remains strong. After that they can tend to bend back.Ray wrote:Wow this is so great, I have a student who has a lot of trouble growing his nails out and I've been trying to get him to produce a good tone nonetheless but was clearly not going about it the right way. So I really need to investigate a nail-less RH technique more and your site really helps with that as do the other great players of the past and present (including yourself) who will serve as inspiration
Now which rock have I been living under for so many years and not knowing that Sharon Isbin is a no-nails player, that's an incredible revelation!!
As for Roland Dyens, having taken a bunch of masterclasses with him over the years I can attest to the fact that he does play with nails though they are filed quite short and just a bit over the flesh and he does use a lot of flesh and flesh/nail combo sounds in his very detailed, meticulous, and extremely sensitive playing.
You can see in this video that Dyens definitely has nails on all his fingers. He plays with a very light RH attack and as you can hear there are many tone colors he coaxes out of the guitar including more round mellow flesh tones but ultimately he is nails-on player
Good luck with your fascinating and very helpful website!
Thanks for the link! I've managed to follow it through, and have ordered two of his LPs from Croatia. I've placed him on the web page, with more info to follow once I get the recordings.6strings wrote: Few years back when I was looking for some info about him, there was none. Today I have found a short notice: http://www.discogs.com/artist/1733182-M ... kali%C4%87
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