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Thread: acrylic nail on index finger for strumming, good idea or not?

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    I have very soft nails and play frequently for long stretches of time. My index fingernail can wear down to the quick. I have tried the SH nail hardening polish that's available currently and have not found it effective (wears off right away). I don't like the chemicals or upkeep required with salon nails and they can lead to nail health issues. The riconails with the little glue dots would seem to be a cool idea, but I can't see it being practical if you play frequently throughout the day (taking them off and then back on). I've gotten used to a pick since I started playing guitar, and I use them now with some frequency even on ukulele. This has really saved my index finger and has been my main go-to for just plain strumming (and I'm getting more comfortable with flat picking). If I am fingerpicking, I like Kelly freedom pick, (I use the Deltrin ones, haven't tried the poly) http://fredkellypicks.com/product-ca.../freedom-pick/. Aaron Keim has a good video on picks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL5uUUhtdp4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    This stuff was recommended here by someone. I've always had weak nails, but this stuff really strengthened mine, using only a pea-sized dab, 2-3 times a day. The story is, it was originally for horses hooves, and was applied by hand, by the grooms, who noticed a dramatic improvement in their hands and nails too. However strong, my index finger strumming nail still wore down to nothing on that side.

    https://www.amazon.com/Mane-Tail-Hoo...9W0770YZAR34WZ
    I need to give this a try. My strumming nail wears down to nothing in no time. I end up strumming with the fleshy part of my thumb.

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    Taimane on the subject of nails :



    I have weak nails, but I've always avoided acrylics because from what I've seen of family members who've had them, they make the natural nail weaker over time. Also, keeping them healthy can be a challenge if you frequently wet your hands.

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    I used to have an issue with strumming my nail down. I discovered that buffing my nail helps for whatever reason, maybe being smoother reduces drag and wear. Also when I go to a big jam where I am going to be strumming long and loud I wear a freedom finger pick to protect my nail.
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    I'm 3 days in with my acrylics on pointer and thumb, and can't believe how great it is, especially the pointer, for both strumming and fingerpicking. They are so much thicker and harder than my weak, constantly problematic natural nails; I can strum much harder and faster than before, and get great volume and attack, especially on soprano. Who let the dogs out? So easy to get the sops barking. If I ever played that hard with my real nail, I'd be in serious pain. Not sure yet of the effects on my natural nails, but the improvement, to me, has been incredible, and I can't see being without them. I can now easily and confidently bang out some pretty complex strumming tunes.
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    I'm about 10 days in with my 2 fake nails, going well, but I'm also wearing down the acrylic on my pointer somewhat, about 10% gone now on the strumming side, still plenty left though. I noticed some white powdery residue around the 12th fret where I strum. The nail tech recommended coming back once a month, it was $22.00 for a full manicure, with 2 fakes installed. That seems worth it to me, considering how much better I can strum, with way better volume & attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    I'm about 10 days in with my 2 fake nails, going well, but I'm also wearing down the acrylic on my pointer somewhat, about 10% gone now on the strumming side, still plenty left though. I noticed some white powdery residue around the 12th fret where I strum. The nail tech recommended coming back once a month, it was $22.00 for a full manicure, with 2 fakes installed. That seems worth it to me, considering how much better I can strum, with way better volume & attack.
    You can skip the manicure part if you want. I do. I just get my thumb done every 2-3 weeks.

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    If I needed to do this and were stuck with only using two, they'd have to be my thumb and middle finger. I use my index only about 1/4 as much as my middle. But so far, my nail growth is staying comfortably ahead of my fingerpicking.

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    Yes, wearing artificial nails makes for louder sound
    Yes, artificial nails will weaken your natural nail, because it's covered up and taking the glue.
    But, the glue used for permanent false nails is TOXIC.
    The answer is a system called Rico nails, as mentioned previously in a post by jbm.
    I use it for long rehearsals and for gigs. It prevents my nails wearing thin. The nails are attached with 'gluedots', and you take them off and put them on when you want. Water is enough to break the bond. Gluedots are not toxic. When you're interested we could get into more detail.

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    That sounds interesting

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