After spending a couple of months, I came to the conclusion that what works best for me is short nails that are filed straight with slight outward ramp on I and M ( like /|) and slight inwards ramp for A (like |\ with less angle of course).Matthew Stidham wrote:I haven't quite found the best shape for the shorter nails, but I'm enjoying the change just the same.
Although I am self taught in this area...I also have short nails (weak and silk/superglue covered) and find that picado is cleaner and loses less energy if just run through with finger nails rather than with pad/nail combination. There is no time to lose energy to friction of the finger pads here. Once strength is built by doing daily scales, then picado runs become a breeze: slightly bending the I & M and then holding the little finger like when us brits drink tea and the A relaxed between.rojarosguitar wrote:Just as a side remark - a bit off topic: I recently took part in a flamenco workshop given by Antonio Rey and Mahmoud Turkmani. When Rey explained how his picado works he showed us his nails and they were surprisingly short (far from the monster nails so many flamenco players prod themselves of) and he explained that hew uses no flesh contact at all - pure nail. His picado is very full and substantial, nothing you would expect from nail only playing.
It shows again a bit that the length of the mail per sé is not the issue but how you implement what you have into your playing...
Could you elaborate a bit on how exactly you apply silk and superglue. I have tried so many things ...Cloth Ears wrote:...
I would say that the silk and superglue is a must for me, but probably detracts from my tone on classical. Hey ho.
Have you been using this for long?Cloth Ears wrote: My own hands are naturally sweaty. I know a CG player who has dry hands (and strong natural nails ). The acidic sweat comes through the nails, and after a day or so the coverings become weaker and can be peeled of easily to repeat the process.
What can happen is the leading edge or sides lift while playing and ruin your tone. In this case I just pull them off on the fly (run my thumb nail under to shear them off) and keep playing the piece.
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