Nails

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
LukeMarsden
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Nails

Post by LukeMarsden » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:27 pm

Silly, but an important question....

What's the longest period of time you've gone without breaking any nails?

Has anyone gone years with breaking a nail?

If so, what's the secret.

PS - if you don't play with nails. don't rub it in!

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Re: Nails

Post by Michael.N. » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:47 pm

LukeMarsden wrote:Silly, but an important question....

1/ What's the longest period of time you've gone without breaking any nails?

2/ Has anyone gone years with breaking a nail?

3/ If so, what's the secret.

PS - if you don't play with nails. don't rub it in!

1/. About 6 hours.

2/. Some guy did but he did not play guitar.

3/. If you play without nails your life will be incredibly fulfilled. Perhaps the happiest person in the entire world.

PS. I don't rub anything into my nails or fingers. No need.
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Re: Nails

Post by Andrew Fryer » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:58 pm

LukeMarsden wrote:What's the longest period of time you've gone without breaking any nails?
6 days (I play the uke once a week)
Michael.N. wrote:
LukeMarsden wrote:Silly, but an important question....
2/ Has anyone gone years with breaking a nail?
2/. Some guy did but he did not play guitar.
Sad but true!
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Re: Nails

Post by JohnB » Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:04 pm

It is about six months since I broke a nail, and then it was due to complete carelessness on my part.

Mind you I am careful about my nails, e.g. I always wear rubber gloves when washing up, etc and I always wear a cotton glove on my right hand when doing odd jobs/DIY.
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LukeMarsden
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Re: Nails

Post by LukeMarsden » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:05 pm

cool

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Re: Nails

Post by Johnnycake » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:11 pm

My nails almost never break. The last time might have been two years ago.
I don't particularly take care of them (eat anything special, wear gloves etc.), but that's maybe because I never had to...

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RobMacKillop
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Re: Nails

Post by RobMacKillop » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:15 pm

:bye: (rubbing it in!)

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Re: Nails

Post by Pat Dodson » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:27 pm

RobMacKillop wrote::bye: (rubbing it in!)
:lol: :lol:

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Stephen Kenyon
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Re: Nails

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:46 pm

To answer the question, ahem; in my increasingly distant youth they would very rarely break, maybe every couple of years, but so far apart you didn't exactly count the time. Back then, it was mostly due to, well, youth, not doing any very physical things with the hands apart from guitar, no particular gardening or repair of machinery for example! Its also down to learning to default to using the left for many things, opening car doors, gates, etc.

Nowadays I have to keep them carefully moisturised with cream and/or nail oil (you do have to rub those things in...) or they get very thin and fragile. And they are still worth the effort.
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Re: Nails

Post by markodarko » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:05 pm

JohnB wrote:I always wear a cotton glove on my right hand
Michael? Jackson? Is that you!? :shock:
Negative, I am a meat popsicle.

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Re: Nails

Post by JohnB » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:09 pm

markodarko wrote:
JohnB wrote:I always wear a cotton glove on my right hand
Michael? Jackson? Is that you!? :shock:
Dammit, you guessed :oops:
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Re: Nails

Post by markodarko » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:10 pm

JohnB wrote:Dammit, you guessed :oops:
<in high pitched voice> "Hee Hee"
Negative, I am a meat popsicle.

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Re: Nails

Post by dory » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:36 pm

I am having trouble with my Veralac supplier so I am having problems again. I am wearing Sally Hanson's miracle something which helps a bit, but one of my nails ripped last Sunday for no reason. The miracle something makes my nails shiny which may be a problem for a man. I have also become incredibly skillful at repairing ripped nails with brush on nail glue and tiny pieces of Kleenex. Some people have naturally good nails. I think my teacher almost never breaks a nail. Mine will actually bend if I do nothing to them. Even Veralac doesn't make them perfect but helps a lot. When my brother comes from Canada guess what I will ask him for?
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Re: Nails

Post by dtoh » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:01 pm

Before getting gel treatments about 5 days. Since getting gel treatments.... over a year. And a lot better tone also because you can get the nailist to adjust the gel application to get whatever nail thickness and stiffness/flexibility you want.

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