Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
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Re: Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Post by Fifthtry » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:09 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for posting this Q. I am new to classical guitar and nails, but not to music. After only two weeks, I had this very same question, as I prefer to use flesh on the thumb. (Can you have a preference after two weeks?). So thanks.

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Re: Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Post by djqsrv » Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:53 am

Sure you can have a preference in two weeks. But the chances of that preference being the same in another 2 weeks, months or years is very slim. :)
I would consider myself an intermediate player at this point and the shape and length of my nails has changed so many times sense I started playing. When I started out my I,m,a nails were pretty long and p was very short. Now it's the exact opposite.

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Re: Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Post by tateharmann » Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:06 am

I just recorded this with no thumb nail and my normal length A, M, amd I nails: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=91501
It lacks definition for me - but has a nice warmth in the bass. Let's hear some more from you all instead of just talking about it! Haha
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Re: Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Post by tateharmann » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:26 pm

Just curious, is this how this gentleman is playing? ? It seems that way to me..


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Re: Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Post by Esquiline » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:46 am

tateharmann wrote:Just curious, is this how this gentleman is playing? ? It seems that way to me..
It seems that way to me too. And it sounds good.

It is nice to hear of others playing this way and being satisfied, as my thumbnail has a longitudinal ridge where it keeps developing problems- breaking, tearing, snagging, etc- whenever I try to grow it out a little.

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Re: Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Post by twistedblues » Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:45 pm

Hmmmm interesting question. I have the same question. Anyone like John Williams play with no thumb nail?

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Re: Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Post by Julian Ward » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:31 pm

I have never been able to play well without a thumb nail... Although it is possibly the one you can get away with completely breaking and still be able to play.

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Re: Anyone else prefer i, m, a, with nails, p, without nails?

Post by Victor2016 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:21 pm

Playing treble strings with a thumb without a nail produces a distinctly poorer tone compared to other fingers. That's why I prefer having a nail on my thumb.
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