My fingernails are continue in a straight line beyond the nail bed. Until 50 years ago, everyone played with right hand perpendicular to the strings. There must be some way to do it with normal nails. Does anyone know?guitarrista wrote: ↑Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:46 pmI don't know that there is any since there is at least one other variable involved, which is outside your control - the shape of the nail(s) across the fingertip as you look at them from the fingertip end down the length of the finger. If it is reasonably curved around the finger, playing with a thick beautiful tone at 90 degree is not a problem. If it is rather flat, the nail would constantly get stuck/click if trying to play at 90 degrees. The shape of the fingertip also matters.Yisrael van Handel wrote: ↑Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:21 amAll of this is much harder as the attack angle approaches the perpendicular, unless there is something that I am missing. So far, it seems impossible. You cannot get a quick, noiseless release from the center of the nail when stroking nearly perpendicular to the string. Yet Paul Galbraith does it. I hope to discover the secret.
What I mean is that if your nail and fingertip parameters are different from Galbraith's in these respects, it would be impossible to achieve what he has with the same configuration.
My experiments so far indeed confirm that it is impossible to get any kind of tone playing perpendicular to the strings. Yet many people manage. I would be very grateful for the secret, if anyone knows. I am not going to bend my fingernails down. I will first give up on the upright position.