Bechstein65437 wrote:After years of struggling to find a fingernail length that works for guitar and piano, I've decided to give up on the fingernails altogether. My nails have never been strong and tend to grow out a bit bent, which sometimes causes a delayed release of the string (especially the i nail). The constant tapping of the nail tips on the piano keys was not only irritating, but also caused my nails to split and bits would flake off, leaving the nail tip too thin.
So now I'm trying to produce a clean, clear sound with only flesh. It's a huge adjustment and I'd love to hear from anyone on the forum who has had similar problems with fingernails...
Im in your predicament as well. I find that a slight growth of nail (which I never had prior, always cut them way short) produces an amazing guttural sound from the guitar that reminds me of deep Spanish I dont know.
But it gets in the way on the piano. And unfortunately I have allegiance to the piano more so than guitar so Ihave to cut the nails shorter. But I had experimented w a slightly longer length on right hand p,i,m fingers only. I need to keep 4th and 5th fingers clear for piano definitely no matter what. Luckily i dont need the 5th finger for guitar and only rarely the 4th.
I am encouraged to read above that Pepe did suggest we learn without nails for the time being.