glassynails wrote: ↑Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:45 pmI was just reading on Rob MacKillop's site in an interview with a classical guitarist that plays with no nails that she said Segovia said
“When you play with flesh only, the flesh doesn’t bring a robust sound, that is why you need to have nails to support the flesh as long as the tip of the flesh, never over. For that reason we can dig into the string and boost the sound with power and good color.
“This is playing without nails. Segovia taught me this nail’s-length technique. Then, I incorporated it to my tip shape to maximize the sound quality.”
Without. It doesn't make sense otherwise, plus I'm pretty sure this has come up before and the idea is that the nail doesn't touch the string but the support it gives the flesh changes the sound.
Tennant indeed says this in “Pumping Nylon.” (At least in the 1995 edition—maybe newer editions have changed.) But in this specific case, he’s flat wrong. In fact, in the same book he elsewhere illustrates correct nail shapes in which the nail clearly extends beyond the fingertip. I’ve never understood why this obvious contradiction was allowed into print.glassynails wrote: Should may nails only go to the end of my fingertips and not over? I also think that Scott Tenant also says something similar in his series.
I don't think there is such a thing as a "correct" nail shape at all. George Sakellariou has very very long nails and gets a beautiful tone. Ana Vidovic has very short nails (I don't think they extend beyond the fingertip) and also gets very good tone and plays very well. So does Tatyana Ryzhkova. And she explicitly recommends short nails. Here she shows her nails from the front and the back. Only the i finger nail goes beyond the tip. Images of her nails start at 4:24Tom Poore wrote: ↑Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:16 pm
Tennant indeed says this in “Pumping Nylon.” (At least in the 1995 edition—maybe newer editions have changed.) But in this specific case, he’s flat wrong. In fact, in the same book he elsewhere illustrates correct nail shapes in which the nail clearly extends beyond the fingertip.
Yea, absolutely. There are great guitarists who have nails on the long side, and those who have short nails. There are those who like ramps, (E.g. Scott tenant), and those who like round, (E.g. Eliot Fisk). As a matter of fact, Eliot Fisk changes the length of his nails at times depending on what repertoire or recording he's working on.
I think "yes". Give it a try and then decide if it's for you. I find that playing with nails gives me a lot more control over the strings than playing without (but I have not played without nails for years, so I am heavily biased).