file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

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file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:40 am

As a right hander, I obviously hold my glass nail file in my left hand. I hold the file still and stroke my nails in short strokes against the file. My teacher says that this is like holding a back scratcher still and moving your back up and down. I find it awkward to move the file against my still nails--who knows why? Is there a consensus?
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Re: file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

Post by Jack Douglas » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:46 am

Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:As a right hander, I obviously hold my glass nail file in my left hand. I hold the file still and stroke my nails in short strokes against the file. My teacher says that this is like holding a back scratcher still and moving your back up and down. I find it awkward to move the file against my still nails--who knows why? Is there a consensus?
I'm with you on this one! There's a big difference between my back and my nails though I have been known to use a door frame to scratch my back using the same principal.
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Re: file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

Post by davekear » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:38 pm

I do it both ways. Depends on what angle. It's fine what you're doing.

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Re: file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

Post by Denian Arcoleo » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:43 pm

file strokes nail. It gives you more control over pressure and direction.

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Re: file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:27 pm

I had to get a file out to check, but I would say Denian is right and its what I do.
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Re: file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:09 am

I do file strikes my nails also.

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Re: file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

Post by robert e » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:21 am

I move either one, depending on where I am in the process (and maybe my mood, too) but always in the same direction--no back-and-forth. Same with the sandpaper, except with that I always go back and forth.

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Re: file strokes nail, or nail strokes file?

Post by davekear » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:56 am

I actually think you have more control moving your finger, except for maybe some final finishing strokes. The reason is, exactly what you say, because you are right handed, you can control that hand better. And this is the case with most guitarists. You probably could get used to moving the file as the main thing, but it's not necessary. What's important is the final result. Of course that's a subject in itself. But I think you have much more control, for the most part, moving your finger across a stably held file.

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