Fingerpicks

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
bauersachs82
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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by bauersachs82 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:22 pm

I found the Alaska picks very uncomfortable. Also, you need to have a bit of nail anyway for them to work properly and I found that was enough nail for me to play with.

armando
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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by armando » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:15 am

Thomas Drummond wrote:
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:53 pm
Long story short, it sounds great but theres a "click click click" at the start of each note you cant miss.




it can be done... but.... click click.
I thought that sounded quite good, the clicking didn't bother me. I listened to a couple of your clips with the picks and liked just how clear the tone was.....I think the clicking is a small price to pay for that tone. Have you heard of Jacques Stotzem? he plays exclusively with dunlop plastic fingerpicks....have a listen to him.

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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by fast eddie » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:39 am

I am having a really hard time getting nails to grow. They do grow, but slowly. My thumb nail has not grown enough to use on guitar strings for 8 months. In the interim I have tried Alaska Picks and other picks but could never get them to work. My last experiment is with RICO nails which work fairly well. I have attained some skill in attaching and removing these and they are my best option so far.
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beeswax
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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by beeswax » Tue May 29, 2018 3:21 pm

I have a similar question but slightly different. I'm not sure if it's worth it's own thread or posting here is okay.
Basically, I am wondering if there is any option if I don't want to grow and maintain fingernails? I simply get skived out looking at my nails when they're long. And they get in the way of daily tasks like typing, etc. I've seen the acrylic nails, but they seem a pain to put on and off. When in the Banjo shop the other day I saw metal nails that clamp onto the finger and you can remove easily when done. I forget what they were called so I can't look them up, but if anyone knows what I'm talking about, would these work? Is there any product that you can easily put on and off while playing?

Leify
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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by Leify » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:42 pm

Anyone have any experience with Butterfly picks? They seem to work well for some people. I have terrible nails owing to years of chemotherapy, this has devastated my classical playing. So far I haven't found anything that really works for me.

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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by celestemcc » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:28 pm

I tried the Butterfly picks. Only work for larger fingers (eg, male hands) IMO. They feel better than standard fingerpicks or Alaska picks, but honestly, they're no replacement for natural nails or glue-ons like Rico or Guitar Player Nails.
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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by davekear » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:38 pm

Fingernails for guitarists is all we've been doing for over twenty five years now. I'm not advertising here on this thread, just letting you know that you can have great sounding nails all of the time, and can apply them in less than 5 minutes; If you wish. Some of the best guitarists in the world have been using our nails for many years, including: Eliot Fisk, Grisha Goryachev, William Kanengiser, and many more. And for those of you paying $1.85 each per Rico nail, you can get the same pre-formed nails for less than 20 cents each.You just have to look around.
Anyway, here's a short demo I made of the sound you can get from good artificial nails applied correctly. Recorded directly into an inexpensive video camera.

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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by Ricflair » Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:15 pm

I have seen Butterfly fingerpicks used successfully and produce a loud beautiful tone. One of my students won many competitions using them. They take some practice and getting used to, but sound great with some work. You cannot do rasgueados with them. This is the only drawback. You can find ways to work around this problem.
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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by celestemcc » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:56 pm

There is, of course, another option: playing without nails. Myself, I use GPNs or similar, but they work for me. But there are lots of people who play without nails, and that might be the best recourse of all if you can't grow your natural nails and can't use glue-ons or salon acrylics. There are threads here about it.
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TDL35
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Re: Fingerpicks

Post by TDL35 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:38 am

Rickflair, I have had the same experience. They take some getting used to but can produce a really nice sound, to my ears at least. I use one on on my 'a' / fourth finger only. I do it because i have difficulty growing that one to the right length and then maintaining it, but it's grown on me. It sometimes helps to give the higher voices a little more shine and separation when it's only on one finger. My thumb I just can't grow that long, and use Alaska or Butterfly.

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