RobMacKillop wrote:Mark, I think your subject title is slightly misleading. It's not a case of "versus", and no "solution" is necessary. Many of us play with the flesh alone, as that is what we like. It's not a problem in need of a solution.
In your case you have decided that you sound better with nails, and you've found a solution (one many already use) in using false nails. I'm pleased for you, but I still don't see it as a "solution" to the nails/no-nails debate.
I love the sound of a guitar played with nails - but not everyone makes a nice sound, and not everyone wants to play with nails. It's not a competition. The reason I promote no-nails playing is that many people give up playing guitar after being told they can't do it without nails. I think that is a real shame. I also love the sound of flesh-only playing - the only reason I do it. I don't feel I'm lacking something, or in need of a fix to a problem.
So, I'm pleased you have made your helpful post, but we must be careful how we present the topic. To me there is no "versus" involved. It's all good, and there are many ways to play the classical guitar.
That's good advice, Celeste. I should have mentioned that I get my supply from a company on-line that sells them in different strengths and thicknesses. My preference is for the ultra-thin dots, which oddly provide a stronger bond than the permanent variety the company sells.celestemcc wrote:Mark,
I use the glue-dots that come with drugstore press-on nails -- you can buy the dots separately and use with the fake nail of your choice. They're much stronger adhesive than the craft sort (the kind that come with Rico Nails), and will stay on for several days, while being less damaging than cyanoacrylic nail glue. They ultimately will weaken, and you can use rubbing alcohol to soften them and remove any residue.
Look for Nailene Ultra-Adhesive Nail Tabs, or words to that effect, on Amazon.
(I kinda hate to admit using that kind of nail, but for my smaller hands, as a stopgap till my regular thumbnail grows back, they work.)
Another interesting idea! I am a little skeptical of this product, since it is partly secured by wrapping around the finger. I am worried this might lessen finger dexterity; also, I found similar picks to be a bit uncomfortable, although those ones did not fit under the existing nail.Johnny Geudel wrote:Alaska pics, for finger and thumb, require only a minimal amount of nail.
Thus, one can switch from nail to no-nail and vice versa, at will.
They also work for the acoustic and the electric.
I've tried a few alternatives: Fred Kelly, Propik, Dunlop,etc..markworthi wrote: Another interesting idea! I am a little skeptical of this product, since it is partly secured by wrapping around the finger. I am worried this might lessen finger dexterity; also, I found similar picks to be a bit uncomfortable, although those ones did not fit under the existing nail
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