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This is a group for fingerstyle players of all types, from Hedges disciples to Chet channelers.

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Frail nails 15 Replies

Started by Harry Lindahl. Last reply by Luis Motta da Silva on Tuesday.

Thumb Picks? 11 Replies

Started by Rob Darby. Last reply by John Zemler Apr 10.

Neck Width and Fingersyle 23 Replies

Started by Rob Darby. Last reply by Rob Darby Mar 12.

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Comment by MÁRIO RIBEIRO on March 25, 2009 at 5:51pm
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Comment by El McMeen on March 25, 2009 at 5:49pm
Here are a few...

Comment by Ramon Vizmanos on March 25, 2009 at 5:13pm
does anyone here know where to find tabs in the internet?(except ultimate-guitar):)
Comment by Ron Bloor on March 20, 2009 at 7:05pm
I'm just a newbie poster, so be gracious. As for acrylic nails, I've used them on 3 fingers for the past couple of years and would not go back to bare fingers for anything. I went to a nail parlor for about 6 months.. Observed the technique, then just bought the supplies and started doing it myself. Easy as pie.. except for the gawd awful smell :) It takes time to understand how to get them trimmed and properly filed, but when you finally get it.. you will not go back.
I use a thumb pick on steel, but I sometimes don't use the thumb pick on nylon, because I like the mellow sound of flesh on nylon for some tunes. IMHO
Comment by Michael Hummel on March 20, 2009 at 5:57pm
Kirsten Ray,
Have them put on the fingers you use...or all on one hand. My daughter got me doing it--she's a nail technician. I use all but my pinky finger, but she always does them all on the one hand...each hand then looks the same. My thumb has become my flat-pic pic. I can now do back and forth picking with the speed of a flat pic. Also, you can file them to whatever shape or angle works best for you.
I agree with Zarola--they're unbeatable, and I'm hooked...even though my wife makes fun of me :-)

And far as having long nails on only one hand, again, like Zarola commented, "It will also give you the opportunity to share your music passion with anyone observant enough to see them....!" I was at an open mic just observing and someone struck up a conversation with me saying, "You obviously play...," nodding towards my picking hand. Similar conversations have started the same way at non-playing occasions.
Comment by Joseph Anthony Zarola on March 20, 2009 at 5:29pm
Kirsten, You will find that your dedication to playing outweighs any comments you might receive about your nail's "different lengths". It will also give you the opportunity to share your music passion with anyone observant enough to see them....!
Comment by Joseph Anthony Zarola on March 20, 2009 at 5:25pm
I've used acrylic nails on my thumb, and first two fingers for 10 years...they are unbeatable when it comes to consistant performance.
Comment by Mike Herman on March 20, 2009 at 5:22pm
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Comment by Kirsten Ray on March 20, 2009 at 5:14pm
Michael Hummel,

I thought about acryllic nails too, but I always though it just wouldn't look right for a women to have short fingernails on one hand and long nails on the other. :-) I can't get used to the finger picks eithe. So my question is what fingers do you have the nails on?
Comment by Michael Hummel on March 20, 2009 at 5:05pm
Ever since--long ago in a state far away--someone suggested I add some bass notes to my strumming, I've been picking. And ever since my daughter introduced me to acrylic nails, I've done without the flat picks or finger pics I could never get used to anyway.

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