Yea, that's right. It's an option. Gluing material under your nails will work, and you may even like it better than on top. But there are advantages to applying an artificial nail on top of your natural nail. If you have no nail, or a very short nail, you don't really have a choice; you have to apply it on top of your natural nail. And if you do learn to apply a nail on top, you can get really great performance and feel if done correctly.celestemcc wrote:Of course if the PPB nails work for you, fantastic, but it may be worth giving Dave's method a try.
Hi Dave,DaveLeeNC wrote:I have been fighting nail problems for months now (basically since I returned to playing my classical guitar). I have simply given up (even though all avenues have not been tried) and p, i, m, a are going to be permanently reinforced and/or lengthened with ping pong ball pieces. The ppball piece came out of my i finger today (my 'best nail' from a durability perspective), and I noticed that the nail was pretty much enough to be OK without being lengthened. I decided not to even take the chance of a major tear that would preclude easy use of ping pong balls under the nail, so I just put in a new ping pong ball piece.
How many others use PP balls on a permanent kind of basis?
I think I'm beginning to understand why nail extenders like ping pong balls are necessary for you. I just looked at the backside of my fingers and I see some nail extending a very short distance past the end of my finger. I could stand a little more length but not much. When I play I use some flesh and the left side of nails to drive downward and through the strings. If my nails get too long they catch on the string with that kind of stroke.DaveLeeNC wrote:Jack, for me 2.0 mm on my 'm' finger would be the equivalent of no nails at all as it takes 4.5 mm just to reach the end of my finger. 'p' is close to 6mm (to reach the end of my p finger),
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