jrethorst wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:54 am
What kind of artificial nails do you suggest?
Well, it's a bit hard to answer that without mentioning that that's what we've been working on and developing at guitarplayernails.com for over twenty years. Whether you use our nails or not, there is a lot of good, hard won instructional data on our web site, no matter what type of nail you use.That's all I'll say about that, hopefully the moderators will allow it. Here's a few important things to keep in mind. Material is as important as methods of application. We recommend for those with little or no experience with artificial nails, to start with store bought, pre-formed nails. We've discovered that using a relatively thin pre-formed nail with silk wrap is better than using a thicker pre-formed nail without wrap. A couple of reasons for this is that thinner pre-formed nails are easier to contour to the shape of your natural nail than the thicker ones. And by starting with a not so thick nail and using wrap, you will get more high end and clarity of tone. Store bought artificial nails are made with ABS plastic, and are bit soft. Adding wrap also increases the durometer of the nail. After one gets the hang of using the pre-formed, store bought nails, then it's easier to go on to the nail strips that allow you to use any material and to customize it to the exact shape of your nail. Also, keep in mind that angle of application is critical to the tone and feel that you'll get from your nails. Rule of thumb is to apply the nail so that there is no gap at the front of the nail where the two nails meet. This will give you a standard angle with which to work with. From here you can increase or decrease the angle if you wish, depending on your own personal nails and results you wish to achieve. Another nice thing about using artificial nails, if you have the right material, you can adjust the tone and feel after application
by bending the nail into various configurations. One example of this would be to bend up the "thumb" side a bit, and then bend down, about 3/4 of the way, just the tip of the "pinky side" a bit to increase clarity and high end. You can experiment quite a bit with this.... can really be a game changer if you have the right material. (Just one reason why acrylic nails don't work too well). Understanding the anatomy of tone as it relates to fingernails is also very much worth studying. When you get good at this, you'll be able to remove an old nail, put on a new one and be ready to play in less than 5 minutes. I personally haven't used my real nails now for over 25 years. (Except my little finger I use for comparison). I've personally put on thousands and thousands of nails over the years, and it's a very workable thing. We've run across different problems along the way, but we've found solutions to them. If done correctly, you can use artificial nails all of the time, all of your life, and it will not hurt your natural nails at all. Just remember your nails are always growing, and will always grow out. Keep them sealed and you'll be fine. There is a bit of a learning curve to using artificial nails, but it's not rocket science either. Doesn't take too long to get the hang of it if done right. There's a lot of advantages to using artificial nails. You never have to worry about your nails. You can have perfect nails all of the time. No more nail emergencies. It can be a really good thing.