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sophie358
07-21-2009, 03:33 AM
I've been playing uke for about 2 months now and i've found that my index fingernail is really scratched and damaged from strumming. Is this normal or am i strumming with the wrong part of my finger? (Sorry this is probably a really stupid question)

Melissa82
07-21-2009, 03:36 AM
I got this, it works really well. It doesn't leave a thick nail polish coating to it and doesn't chip off.

http://www.sallyhansen.com/images/products/2620_1.jpg

http://www.sallyhansen.com/product.cfm?product=115

mealfrog41
07-21-2009, 07:52 AM
not a stupid question at all, in fact, consider yourself lucky it's only scratches.. the corner of my nail is always worn down considerably and often blood-blistered. i need to try nail hardener too.. i've also gathered that trimming the nail by file, rather than clipping, will help maintain its strength.

Ukuleleblues
07-21-2009, 03:52 PM
When I play at the beach when my nails are soft from swimming alot, they get real worn down.

KC8AFW
07-21-2009, 04:00 PM
I've worn a white spot on my index fingernail from strumming.

BBcakes
07-21-2009, 05:48 PM
I have the same problem. Thanks Melissa, I'm gonna try that Sally Hansen strengthener.

FictitiousSpoon
07-22-2009, 07:10 PM
Wow, now I question whether I'm doing something wrong my fingernail is perfectly fine :P Though my tenor cuts up the underside of my finger as it has rather sharp fret ends (I'm slowly dulling them with my flesh :P)

Citrus
07-22-2009, 10:43 PM
Wow, now I question whether I'm doing something wrong my fingernail is perfectly fine :P Though my tenor cuts up the underside of my finger as it has rather sharp fret ends (I'm slowly dulling them with my flesh :P)
You should get some nice callouses out of it. Also it might be the strings and not the frets and if so you could consider switching to a string that's easier on your hands (if you're not using pure nylon already). I'd say just tough it out though.