Given up on fingernails...

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
MAK
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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by MAK » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:39 am

Beeswax--interesting. I'll have to try it. I use shea butter, a combination of oils, and creams, but I still have rough fingertips. My hands are in water a lot, even though I use rubber gloves for dishes. Thanks for the beeswax tip.

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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by tateharmann » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:42 am

I use Aveeno lotion...I'm constantly putting it on especially now in the winter :) I've tried others but Aveeno has been the best by far! I've been playing without my nails for over 2 years now, I think.
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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by Peter Corey » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:36 am

There are two fairly new prescription nail lacquers for so-called "dystrophic" nails (nails that break or split a lot) which are worth trying:

1. Nuvail; and
2. Genadur

Genadur goes on clear and dries in about 30 seconds, but it's "hydrosoluble", so it should be applied when you won't be washing your hands (e.g., before bedtime);

Nuvail has a slight gloss and is not hydrosoluble but it has to be removed like regular nail lacquer with a solvent like acetone.

In the U.S., these lacquers are currently prescription-only. Ask your doctor.

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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by JRomano » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:53 pm

I have tried to grow my nails off and on for the past seven years. Finally, when they were just starting to grow out to a decent length, and I was getting a decent sound, my M finger got this harmless growth, a ganglion cyst, which started pressing on the nail bed and causing that nail to grow out all ripply. I tried the Alaska picks, and other things, but they just don't feel comfortable. And, while the cyst has decreased markedly, the nail seems to still be growing in that weird pattern. So, even though I'm trying again to grow them, I think I may, too, just give up the ghost and use flesh. Many have mentioned Rob MacKillop, who gets a wonderful warm sound, very expressive, with just flesh. It's hard to imagine people have abused him over such. He gets such a nice sound. And, since I don't need to fill a concert hall, just my living room, having nails is a lot less important, and it makes the rest of life a bit less awkward as I don't have to fear breaking or chipping them.

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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by davekear » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:02 pm

JRomano wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:53 pm
I have tried to grow my nails off and on for the past seven years. Finally, when they were just starting to grow out to a decent length, and I was getting a decent sound, my M finger got this harmless growth, a ganglion cyst, which started pressing on the nail bed and causing that nail to grow out all ripply. I tried the Alaska picks, and other things, but they just don't feel comfortable. And, while the cyst has decreased markedly, the nail seems to still be growing in that weird pattern. So, even though I'm trying again to grow them, I think I may, too, just give up the ghost and use flesh. Many have mentioned Rob MacKillop, who gets a wonderful warm sound, very expressive, with just flesh. It's hard to imagine people have abused him over such. He gets such a nice sound. And, since I don't need to fill a concert hall, just my living room, having nails is a lot less important, and it makes the rest of life a bit less awkward as I don't have to fear breaking or chipping them.
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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by petrichor » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:23 pm

Is there a subgroup for fingertip players? I’d be interested in that.

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tateharmann
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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by tateharmann » Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:30 am

That's a fantastic idea...there are a number of us here :)
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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by Petemayo » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:08 am

Household maintenance and zippers usually break my nails. I have learned to play with only the slightest of nail. I have to be more precise with them but they don't break as easily and I get that crisp sound.

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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by RobMacKillop » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:04 am

Aren't we enough of a subgroup already? Do we really need to be marginalised further? I say have our conversations out in the open. You never know, we might persuade others...

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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by ameriken » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:44 pm

RobMacKillop wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:04 am
Aren't we enough of a subgroup already? Do we really need to be marginalised further? I say have our conversations out in the open. You never know, we might persuade others...
I'm a nail player, but I think the sub group suggestion would actually be a great idea for no-nails players. Having a section in the forum makes it more 'official' so to speak and gives you recognition and credibility as opposed to having sporadic posts and threads hidden in the shadows.
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Re: Given up on fingernails...

Post by tateharmann » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:09 am

My thinking was that it would make it easier to find information when folks are looking. They could just visit the subgroup instead of resorting to the search function.
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