Me too!I'm pretty good at growing long, solid nails, but I HATE how they sound
True. My finger pads are pretty tough after 2+ years of playing with NO nails at all.I think someone would do better at producing bold tones the rougher/harder their fingertips are.
The sound is much prettier, especially if you play fingerstyle and/or classical.But the sound is quite different between nails & pads. I'm just (for now) happiest with pads
I file down to the quick every couple of days.I cut to the quick with clippers... then and sand with 220 grit sandpaper. Zero nails for me!
Definitely. Whether the string is nylon, fluorocarbon, or wound, the sound is better IMO. I can’t bear the percussive sound of a fingernail on the string, so I keep a file handy, right next to the tuner, just in case I haven’t filed low enough.I have also realized that I prefer the sound of fingers, rather than fingernails, on ukulele strings
"I keep my fingernails long, so they click when I play the Piano." (Joe Ely, Fingernails)
Can you describe your interpretation of Segovia's advice? Does the length of the nails change based on each individual's fingertip shape?Whatever works for you. I use nails trimmed, mostly, like Segovia recommended as I studied classical guitar for awhile years ago. I keep them the same length for steel string guitar too.
No nails for bass though.
Mine are trimmed so I can barely see them with my palm facing me.Can you describe your interpretation of Segovia's advice? Does the length of the nails change based on each individual's fingertip shape?
+1!!!!! Times a million!!!!!
I'm pretty good at growing long, solid nails, but I HATE how they sound. Hate, hate, hate. So after keeping them long for like a year, I'm back to keeping them short, and using my fingertips.
There are definitely folks who use fingerpicks, especially for the thumb. Your pal and mine @4stringboy glues a felt pick to a traditional thumb pick (most of which he's cut off, leaving only enough to form a solid base to glue the felt to) to create a much gentler sound, but I don't remember him mentioning what the length of his other nails are, one way or the other.
As I've been typing this, I'm seeing other replies come in along the same lines, so I'll leave it there. I definitely concur with @scrambled_eggs that flourocarbons will work better with fingerpads for picking for most folks, but ymmv and all that. But in general, this is my principle for all things ukulele, and most things in life: do what you want.
Having said all that, I've posted this before, but I always get a kick out of it: James Taylor's nail routine. When he started his YouTube channel with guitar tutorials, this was Lesson 1b, and as much fingerpicking as he does on steel-stringed guitars, it's a pretty elaborate routine, and also a delightfully endearing video. If you like JT at all, you'll like him even more after seeing this.
Zero nails for me - as a bass player it’s always been about the pads!