Figuring out ideal ramp location/shape

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Nimo956
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Figuring out ideal ramp location/shape

Post by Nimo956 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:13 am

I came across this video on YouTube (in French):

https://youtu.be/KcU6ozYT61o

Does anyone else attemp to "play" on sandpaper to automatically shape the nails according to how you hit the strings? I've been using the method outlined in Pumping Nylon with limited success, so I think I'll give this a try.

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Re: Figuring out ideal ramp location/shape

Post by petermc61 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:33 am

Yes, it is good for setting the basic shape. Then use various grades of micromesh to polish.

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Re: Figuring out ideal ramp location/shape

Post by celestemcc » Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:46 pm

I've done it, and it's enlightening; discovered that the ramp on my a nail should be the opposite side of where I thought it should be. I get much better tone on that nail now!
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Re: Figuring out ideal ramp location/shape

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:03 pm

I made a similar one (in English) after seeing that French chap, having done it much this way myself for years; and because I thought there were a few things to add (chiefly, protect your soundboard with a piece of paper!) so that one is here;

https://youtu.be/dhJ5GemPcgg
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Re: Figuring out ideal ramp location/shape

Post by Victor2016 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:12 pm

Even accomplished guitarists acknowledge that it took them months if not years to find right shapes for their RH fingernails and learn how to file and polish them to get the desired tone. This approach, as explained by Thomas Viloteau and Stephen Kenyon, is a shortcut to getting the right shape and a great tone. I am glad I have discovered it.
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Re: Figuring out ideal ramp location/shape

Post by Victor2016 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:47 pm

Here is another video tutorial presenting a similar approach to filing nails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT-_2Z3cN2k
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Re: Figuring out ideal ramp location/shape

Post by raven » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:52 pm

Thank you Victor2016 for this video tutorial you just referenced. I tried this method and am already noticing improved tone which I was having trouble with especially my ring finger.

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