Am still working on nail-playing so won't change at this time. But have wondered for some time about the advantages of nail-less playing. Though relatively new to the CG world, will venture some observations, thoughts and muses ...
First, the only real disadvantage with no-nails (that I can think of) is lack of very bright tones.
But there seems to be many advantages of no-nails:
- Being free to play other instruments that nails would interfere with
Easier 'balancing' between right hand and slurs (hammer-on/pull-off) - afterall, these are nail-less 'plectrums'
No more problem with broken nails or activities that might damage a nail
Some guys feel awkward with nails (my wife does not like my nails - which is awkward ... "a happy wife makes for a happy life")
Difficulty getting very mellow tones with nails