Nail biting problem...

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

Re: Nail biting problem...

Post by XavierJAX » Mon May 12, 2008 4:20 am

I"ve had this happen to me when I began playing. I just put some lemon juice on the finger tips of my right hand. So that every time I tried to bite my nails my mind would alert me to stop. Once my nails got long enough I felt it before biting. Now I just bite on my left hand.

:bye:

Masa

Re: Nail biting problem...

Post by Masa » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:44 pm

I hate myself, I bit my nails unconsciously yesterday while fighting with a software bug (I am a software engineer). I believed that my bad habit – nail biting – had stopped after starting CG, however, it’s just hiding, and came up unconsciously. The habit is tougher than a software bug to kill.

Thank you fellow members, your posts in this topic gave me a lot of information and encouraged me to quit the bad habit. I will try your ideas.

P.S. I stopped by a nearby drugstore and bought a nail polish called "Anti-Bite & Nail Growth" ($2.50). It tastes so bad!!

skmcclure

Re: Nail biting problem...

Post by skmcclure » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:44 pm

Masa wrote:I hate myself, I bit my nails unconsciously yesterday while fighting with a software bug (I am a software engineer). I believed that my bad habit – nail biting – had stopped after starting CG, however, it’s just hiding, and came up unconsciously. The habit is tougher than a software bug to kill.

Thank you fellow members, your posts in this topic gave me a lot of information and encouraged me to quit the bad habit. I will try your ideas.

P.S. I stopped by a nearby drugstore and bought a nail polish called "Anti-Bite & Nail Growth" ($2.50). It tastes so bad!!
Same here, when I'm debugging software, nails beware. When I started playing CG I stopped for a while but it popped back up. However I had established my right hand nails then and so usually when I feel the nail I stop biting. So I have right hand nails, but not left hand. I know I could stop altogether if I REALLY REALLY wanted to.

skully

Re: Nail biting problem...

Post by skully » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:30 pm

I had always bit my nails till they bled. When I was a child my parents tried putting mittens on my hands at bed time, I still bit them during the daytime. they then tried stop and grow on my nails, but i liked the taste and would lick it of. But it was most unpleasent if I rubbed my eyes.
When I got to about 50 years old I decided to try my damdest to stop, I carried a nail file with me at all times and when I caught myself bitting I would give my nails a file to remove all roughness from them. It worked for me.

RevGeo

Re: Nail biting problem...

Post by RevGeo » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:08 pm

I bit my nails until I was 50 years old. That year I got dentures. Problem solved!

RevGeo

neverstoplearning57

Re: Nail biting problem...

Post by neverstoplearning57 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:24 pm

Learning to play Classical Guitar is a really positive motiviation for giving up nail biting.
After 56 years of the habit - I managed to stop - the first 3 weeks are the hardest - when you need to use some kind of anti nail biting treatment - and a lot of willpower! After about 3 weeks things get easier - though don''t beat yourself up if you fall back into the habit during this time - just keep trying and focussing and it does become easier. I read somewhere it takes 3 weeks to stop the habit with a lot of effort, and after 6 months the new "habit" of not biting nails will have become part of your personality.

Rob

ricarva
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Re: Nail biting problem...

Post by ricarva » Mon May 16, 2011 2:20 pm

I used to bite my nails and my finger skin compulsively. But that was only until I got to the age of 18, when I started playing guitar. I guess playing guitar was the cure.

jcandidel
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Re: Nail biting problem...

Post by jcandidel » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:48 am

quite old post but i use it anyway:

i did it for approx 4 decades. starting with the guitar enforced me stopping it. without any surrogate. i am off now for almost a year and not even think about it although i was quite obsessive before.

the main issue i still have is the extremely short (crippled if you like) nail bed that resulted from this nasty habit. as a result, i need to grow my nails to a ridiculous length before the reach fingertip + 1mm (what many people recommend as a good reference for adequate nails to start with). that give you a strange appeal but much worse: distance between nail amd finger is large and in that gap you catch the string in particular when playing apoyando.

any idea on how to overcome this?

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