View Full Version : Acckkkk! I just trimmed my fingernail by mistake!

08-01-2017, 09:44 AM
Oh man. What a dope. I trimmed my other nails and mistakenly trimmed my picking nail. :(

08-01-2017, 10:06 AM
Oh man. What a dope. I trimmed my other nails and mistakenly trimmed my picking nail. :(
I can empathize, and I know, it sucks.

Sometimes a nail gets damaged and I have to clip and/or file it back to prevent it from splitting, etc...and it takes me about 2 weeks for it to grow out to a usable length again where I can file and shape it properly.

I detest both finger picks (tried them ALL) and flatpicks on a uke, so I feel handicapped until the nail grows back.

I refuse to use fake nails that are superglued on because to me, that's just both toxic and gross..

No sense in punishing yourself over it, just use the time as an exercise in patience until the nail grows back and in the meantime try to adapt so you can still keep up your practice and playing schedule...

08-01-2017, 02:44 PM
When I do that I use the time to practice with a flat pick. I tried finger picks but like a flat pick better, unless my nail is out good.

08-01-2017, 02:54 PM
It'll grow out. In the meantime, learn what fun it is to pick with the pad of your thumb. I prefer it over a nail. Much easier, for me.

08-03-2017, 11:28 AM
Yeah, what Nickie said: It will grow out.

I don't let my nails grow out - when I try, they break and catch on things, and rip off, leaving bloody hangnails. I just use the pads of my fingers, and prefer the mellow sound they give me.

Just keep playing, and keep embracing the joy of the ukulele.


08-03-2017, 03:22 PM
Oh man. What a dope. I trimmed my other nails and mistakenly trimmed my picking nail. :(

In the Saying of the Ancients, If that's the worse thing you have to complain about then you are one lucky SOB! ;)

-- Gary

08-03-2017, 03:36 PM
Learning a lot about nail care. Educating myself. Here are two videos I like:

Fingernails Section II: Shaping the Fingernails:

Nail Care and Repair for Classical Guitarists with Antigoni Goni:

08-03-2017, 04:27 PM
Like many said, it will grow back. I caught my index finger nail on something just last night. It broke just a little bit. I took a trip to the local pharmacy and bought a tube of Super Glue. After I put the glue over the cracked section I took a nail file and smoothed out the dried glue. Works pretty well. After the nail grows out I carefully cut the glued section off with a nail cutter and shape the nail with a file.