CliffP wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:51 pm
The James Taylor video suggested above introduced me to the fiberglass-reinforced nail wrap and Kiss Nail glue. Using instructions from the Taylor video I managed to initially construct a thumbnail that lasted about 4 weeks and my second attempt has lasted at least 6 weeks and is still intact, although I should note that I may play/practice 4 to 6 hours a week if I'm lucky.
I also use fiberglass (as instructed by James Taylor) because my natural nails are naturally terrible in that they are paper thin and will tear and split even before they reach the end of my finger without the fiberglass. I also use a nail glue drying spray that I bought off of Amazon. It is fantastic. Not only does it cut down on the amount of time I spend working on my nails, it makes them even harder. You don't, however, want to breathe in the fumes. I have to spray my nail outside to avoid inhaling the noxious fumes. But it does work amazingly well.
I have shortened my i, m, a nails as a result of reading other people's experiences, though. I also used to play without nails, but my playing was much too quiet for my tastes. If my technique were better, I think I might be able to pull off playing as well without them as Mr. Mackillop does... Well, maybe not that well, but perhaps better at least.
Incidentally, my "a" finger does click at times while the others do not... Which I also contribute to my need for improved technique. Work in progress...