Who made that rule? Lol
Emilio Pujol, Renata Tarrago, Manuel Cubedo (among many others) had no problems playing standard repertoire at speed and were all professionals
Who made that rule? Lol
David Russell does not have "an all nail sound" That's a ridiculous thing to say. He's one of the greatest guitarists alive, and I can guarantee you he can get any sound he wants to. And of course nails give more diversity of tone. And absolutely it's a combination of both, that's the proper way to use your nails; a combination of flesh and nail.Wckoek wrote: ↑Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:25 pm
Personally it can be a to tone, guitar and strings as well as practicality also. I do not like the "all nail" sound for players like David Russell, but I do not like dull sound too.
With carbon strings we can play with less nail and didn't use as much effort to draw out tone, I disagree that nails will provide more diversity of tone, in fact I hear more "all nails" player sounded similar without much individuality.
It's a matter of preference, having a combination of both is good.
It's all valid, if you want to play with no nails, I'm all for it. But in this day and age to play without nails will hinder you, and you will not be on equal ground with those who do play with their nails. It's really not that hard to figure out why 99.9% of all professional players and instructors today play with their nails. Well maybe I should say it shouldn't be that hard to figure out. But apparently for some, it is. I've listened to those who are regarded as the some of the best of those who play without nails. I think for the most part they sound colorless and drab compared to those great players who do use their nails. No comparison in my book. But that's subjective. The fact that it's expected by 99% of all professional instructors of those students who are serious about the instrument TO use their fingernails is not. Although the figure may be a bit higher than that.tateharmann wrote: ↑Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:02 am
I'm not a staunch no-nails advocate who thinks that flesh playing is the only to play. I also really like nail playing, especially David Russell, he's one of my favorites! I just think that both ways are completely valid ways to play...even at a professional level. I feel like this is something we've lost throughout the course of time.
Thank you for your input. I believe that playing without nails produces a warm, rich sound that cannot be duplicated with nails.
I think you'll find that he started out with nails and stopped using them because they weakened due to health reasons - as many of us find as we get older, though in fact he suffered some quite bad health issues in his time. But that is the sort of question that often cannot be readily stated with definitive confidence, after all as we know in our own worlds, people often have a complex set of reasons for doing even quite simple things or making simple decisions.