OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
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Thomas
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OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Post by Thomas » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:37 pm

Can you imagine I have been playing for years and I did not know that one of the issues I had was hooked nails?

Accidentally I discovered that is I need to resolve and I am trying to find a way.

I have hooked nails M and A fingers

I read this thread and in one of the posts I read about soldering iron.
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I have the same problem with my nails . I purchased soldering iron
Will this work? It is not easy :) My nail goes downward a little so with one finger I am pushing upward and with soldering iron I am warming it up
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Re: OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Post by smoon01 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:53 pm

I’m a firm believer in not warming up the nail but just filing it and dealing with it. Personally I’d rather just find a new nail shape than keep hearing the nail up and potentially damaging my finger/nail

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Re: OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Post by Thomas » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:38 pm

Thanks what do you mean by new nail shape?

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Re: OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Post by Julian Ward » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:17 pm

Heating a tea spoon on the gas hob and pushing up from underneath is the far easier way - it lasts a few hours, that's it.

Or as above, file a different shape. I have a hooked m finger nail and it means that ramping makes it worse, I have to have it fairly flat across the top, wider at the sides.
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Re: OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Post by Kenbobpdx » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:49 pm

I have very hooked nails that are quite soft. I find that I need to keep them somewhat short. I also tend to ramp the a finger to the right side of the nail. I also slightly ramp the other nails to diminish the hook the best I can. In general, I maintain good tone but there are some days that are more challenging than others.
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Re: OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Post by Thomas » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:55 pm

:cry: What a painful and headache process

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Re: OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Post by smoon01 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:58 pm

Thomas wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:38 pm
Thanks what do you mean by new nail shape?
As stated above, sometimes a ramp can exaggerate the hook and cause it to catch more and create a nasty tone.

A flatter nail can help and is better for you in the long run (compared to heating up your nail).

If you need more advice, send me a PM and i can give you some photos etc

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Re: OK I have hooked nails a little so now what?

Post by Thomas » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:17 pm

smoon01 wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:58 pm
Thomas wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:38 pm
Thanks what do you mean by new nail shape?
As stated above, sometimes a ramp can exaggerate the hook and cause it to catch more and create a nasty tone.

A flatter nail can help and is better for you in the long run (compared to heating up your nail).

If you need more advice, send me a PM and i can give you some photos etc
Thanks yes I think I need some pictures I sent you a pm :D

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