Resistance in nail play

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
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Resistance in nail play

Post by craigh » Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:19 am

Ah , more nail discussion . I'm not surprised there is a full subforum for it now ...
Anyhow , after trying every shape , ramp , etc . I sill find that my nails still like to " catch " on the strings.
Now, they're not "snagging " and making it unable to play but there is a bit of resistance .
I had my nails shorter but found that playing live , the longer nails work better for accuracy ( whether it's nerves , temp. that sometimes keep my fingers from hitting the strings at an ideal spot ) .
But what is everyone's idea of a usable amount of resistance the nail should have when following through on the string ?
I've had my nails super smooth before and even that felt odd . I felt like the nails were slipping off the strings even when planted .
I've learned to deal with a bit of "catch " when the nail comes in contact with the string but was hoping someone else out there had some personal experience in this situation ... or am I being overly sensitive ?

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