..the index, medium, and ring finger, must surely have their
nails so long that they supports the flesh, and no longer, and that they are eggshaped,
that is, that they are higher in the middle[. W]hen used in this way, that
is; when plucking is made, a single course will sound
Very interesting discussion. My nails and fingertip's shape are almost exactly like Tomzooki's. They grow right up to the flesh, except mine are thick and strong and never breaks but they are more hooked than hers. I can't have nails longer than approx 1 mm otherwise they catch on the strings. I always thought I was cursed with bad nails because they are hooked but per what you said, I am blessed?guit-box wrote: ↑Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:03 pm
I tried biotin, but not MSM. Thanks for the tip, I will try it
I may try one day. Anyway right now I am playing mostly 19th music on a 8 string Stauffer copy. But it is going well with my very short nails, as long as i keep them short - if I neglect them, when I work too much and have no time to play the guitar (It happens much too often) they grow a litte bit longer and I have "accidents"....RobMacKillop wrote: ↑Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:41 amTomzooki - when I was a nail player, about 30 years ago, I had similar problems to those you are experiencing. I made a nice sound with my soft nails, so went to extraordinary lengths to maintain them. Then I took up the lute, cut off my nails, and learned the joy of flesh playing. When I came back to the classical guitar, I was determined to not go through all that trouble again, so found a way of producing my sound without nails.
If you are so close to no-nails playing, why not give it a proper try? Get a set of Savarez White Card - I use them on my latest video of Endecha and Oremus by Tárrega. They have a slightly rough feel, which gives the flesh more security, and they sound similar to gut, and are inexpensive. Try it for at least a month, preferably six months, and if you are happy with the result you need never go back to nasty chemicals! If you are not happy, it will only take you a week for your nails to return to where they are now.
Moderators may take this down, but if not, this could solve your problem. Maybe they'll feel this info is valuable enough to leave up. GuitarPlayerNails.com carries a glue called n-Butyl cyanoacrylate. This is different from all other nail glues. This is the same stuff that Dr's and veterinarians use for sutures, (stitches). You can buy it in the form of "Vet Bond", but they'll sell you 1/10 of one oz for about $20.00. We found a great source for the same stuff, only we have 1/2 oz bottles (5 times as much) for less than $12.00, and we include silk wrap and pipettes with it. It has no irritating smell, (almost no smell at all) and is much less brittle than regular super glues. Correctly used with wrap makes a really strong nail that lasts. And is much less likely to crack and crumble. I've had some on my little finger now for almost 6 months as an experiment. Hasn't even begun to crack, nail sounds great and is very strong. Great stuff.Tomzooki wrote: ↑Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:16 pm
Glue doesn't work, with or without silk. The glue cracks and crumble as soon as I play, probably I think because my nails underneath are so soft and pliable. I used for almost two years acrylic nails but got severily allergic to it. To methacrylate more precisely. So now I am also allergic to UV gel, and a lot of nail glue brands, I have to be extra cautious about their ingredients.