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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Unusual finger nail wear?

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Nov 8th, 2018 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

About 10 years ago, arthritis in my right index finger led me to using a thumbpick and fingers. I managed to do some fair lead work with this technique, but recently, I went to a hybrid picking method with a flat pick held in the typical way. This gave me more accuracy in my picking. I'm doing a lot of practicing/playing these days, and I've noticed that my fingernail on the right index finger is wearing down mostly in the middle from rubbing on the strings as I pick. I do go pretty deep into the strings with my pick (with some guitars, I hear the pick hitting the pickups or even the body). So, my question is, is this a common phenomenon or just another bad technique I've developed?

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Well ya go to a bar

on a Friday evenin'...
Nov 8th, 2018 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wear the center of the nail's edge on my middle finger when I play a lot of banjo because I frail; I'm not a Scruggs-style picker.

You do what works best for you.

Some pros have artificial (polycarbonate, etc.) nails bonded to their fingernails to beef them up and slow down the rate of wear. You can paint CA glue on the nail and build layers up to make the nail harder. Spread a drop out and blast it with accelerator; do this two or three times. The nail's edge will last a lot longer.

Unlearning technique is extremely difficult, but it can be done. Practice so slowly that you can't possibly make a mistake.

The muscles in the hand have been programmed to operate a certain way, and reprogramming them takes time. Accuracy is way more important than speed. Go stupidly slow at first, and speed will come as you progress.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 09:25 AM, Nov 8th, 2018)

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Nov 8th, 2018 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

For awhile, I was having acrylic overlays on three fingers of the right hand. Ok, mostly, but as they grew out, I would catch the string in the gap between the overlay and the new growth of the nail. Now I'm using a nail-strengthener which helps. It's just weird because I never had this issue with using a flat pick before.

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Shreveport, LA

There I was one night...
Dec 19th, 2018 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

The nail on my index finger on my right hand is worn and callused from hitting the strings. So, I'd say its common as far as I'm concerned. I don't know what it is called when you strike the string and let it vibrate off your finger to get the odd frequency sound.


LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Dec 21st, 2018 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Common, I think. (As long as it sounds good, and it's not injuring you, it's not a bad technique no matter what it is!)

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