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    titoboy... thanks for the tip... ill give that a try to see if it strengthens my nails. i noticed that i never have to worry about my thumbail because its so thick and strong. i have a habit of pushing back my thumb cuticles with my index finger for some reason. so i guess that actually works!

    on the other hand... im wondering how you know so much about nail care hmmm? hmmmmmm??? hahaha just kiddin.


    fred... i had more than 5 coats on. hahaha

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    haha wow, i just stuck to not strumming so hard >_< i think that was why.

    thumb picks are good too, but i hate picks with a passion. i can never use them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Miu View Post
    haha wow, i just stuck to not strumming so hard >_< i think that was why.

    thumb picks are good too, but i hate picks with a passion. i can never use them
    same here, they always fall haha. i've never really tried growing out my nails.... maybe i should try.

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    I grow my thumb and Index finger, Thanks for the tip.. I use t grow my middle, but i figured it wasn't essential...

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-Lo Roberts View Post
    As for me, when I first started fingerpicking style guitar 20 years ago, I could'nt play a lick without growing my nails out on my right hand. It was always a burden to keep them long enough for decent, clean guitar picking. However, do a little work around the house; the nails breaks. Bang the guitar too hard one night; there goes another nail. I tried fake nails, super glue, etc, etc. However, what happened was as I continued to improve my techquiue over the years, my nails length has continued to get shorter to where now they don't even have to come over the skin part at the end of my finger tips to work just fine. (Sidenote:Check out the closeups of Jake's nail on his DVD or on the thumb/pointer lesson he did will Aldrine. His nails are not long at all.) Anyway, in my situation it's more of a half skin half nail techquiue that I've found sustainable. Since now that I also enjoy playing the ukulele, I've found this techquie works equally well on this instrument...with one exception: the single-note fast thumb picking. The down stroke is no problem: nice tone, etc. But the up stroke with the thumb gets more of a hollow "ping" sound than that nice fat tone I want. As of yet, I have not trying growing my thumb nail out for the above reasons. So I'm trying to develop my speed with a two finger techquie using my thumb and pointer finger. i.e. hold thumb and finger together like your handing a business card. Then pick down with thumb and then pick up with the pointer. It's starting to work well but as with any new techquie, it takes a lot of practice to be dead on fast and clean with it. For what it's worth... that's where I'm at with the nail length and the single-note fast picking thing...
    So the key here is to play for 20 years and by then I should be able to do it. just jokin. Thanks for the explanation of how that thumb and index fast picking works. I wasn't to sure at first, but now its on my list of things to learn ^_^


    Has anyone heard of "wonder nail" by revlon? What about "Onymyrrh" (used to strengthen horses hoofs). They were recommended by a fingerstyle player on this site: http://www.accentonmusic.com/article_1.html


    Apparently they strengthened the nails really well.

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    NUKE! I THINK WE HAVE A SOLUTION TO OUR NAIL POLISH PROBLEM!!!!! haha

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    From what I understand, horses hoofs are made of the same type of material as human nails right? I need to order me some hoof strengthener!

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    i grow my right nails. not my left

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    Has anyone else tried or heard of nail strengthening products other than the ones mentioned already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkuLeLesReggAe View Post
    i grow my right nails. not my left
    Yeah I do the same. I hate picks cuz it's just unnatural. I barely use it on guitar,but I only use it for electric sometimes.
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