The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #121799   Message #2663404
Posted By: Will Fly
24-Jun-09 - 08:42 AM
Thread Name: Worn down fingernail frustration!
Subject: Worn down fingernail frustration!
The fingernails on my right hand are not as strong as they used to be, and constant live playing over the last few weeks has worn them down/chipped them to the point where, for the moment, I'm having to play guitar live with a thumbpick or a plectrum and adapt some tunes slightly. Studio work, plugged in, is OK.

Fingerpicks I can never get on with, so they're no solution. A friend in a music shop recently showed me some nail tip+acrylic extensions to his right-hand thumb and 2 of the right-hand fingers - applied by a professional nail technician. The prospect looks attractive, but I have heard some disturbing stories of nail rot and the natural nail being made even more weaker by the application of false ones. And yet some guitarists I know (flamenco players in particular) swear by them.

Any experience, ideas, comments?