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Musicians - trimming nails tips

11 Nov 18 - 04:39 AM (#3961167)
Subject: trimming nails
From: Andy7

Here's a little tip for musicians (and others):

If you're right-handed, buy a pair of left-handed nail scissors to trim the nails of your right hand - and vice versa for left-handed players.


11 Nov 18 - 04:42 AM (#3961169)
Subject: RE: trimming nails
From: Nick

Nail clippers. Have no upper or lower blade like scissors so are omnihanded.


11 Nov 18 - 08:33 AM (#3961190)
Subject: RE: trimming nails
From: Will Fly

I only clip my left (fretting) hand nails (with nail scissors) -right hand ones get filed.


11 Nov 18 - 09:04 AM (#3961194)
Subject: RE: trimming nails
From: GUEST,Jon

My nails seem to take a bit of getting through and I use wire cutters like these. I may also use a nail file on my right hand.


11 Nov 18 - 12:13 PM (#3961214)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: Michael

Omnihanded: Now there's a word you don't often get the chance to use. Well done Nick.

Mike


11 Nov 18 - 02:15 PM (#3961219)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: keberoxu

Me, I've been playing the piano from before puberty,
and eventually I gave up on scissor-trimming.
I just used the nail clippers.

Part of this is a response to the response of
Airport Security since the 9/11 terrorist attack.
I can't carry manicure scissors on board a plane,
because they might be used to injure somebody else;
nail clippers are viewed as less dangerous.
No, I am not making this up.
TSA confiscated my last pair of manicure scissors at the security checkpoint in the airport.


11 Nov 18 - 02:54 PM (#3961224)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: punkfolkrocker

After more than 45 years of blood & gore trial and error with all sorts of nail tools...

I've discovered that after a quick trim with my 4 decades old straight blade nail scissors,
the wife's expensive glass nail file is the most effective way of controlling nail regrowth..

She aint getting that back...


11 Nov 18 - 05:44 PM (#3961242)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: GUEST

I play wirestrung harp so nails are an issue. I use emory boards...no sharp edges.


11 Nov 18 - 06:02 PM (#3961243)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: Nick

Michael. I think I might have invented it but it communicates it’s intended meaning


12 Nov 18 - 01:28 AM (#3961281)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: leeneia

I use the same pair of nail scissors for both hands. I didn't know that there are right and left-handed nail scissors.

After I cut them, I file the edges with a diamond-dust nail file. It makes the edges very smooth.


12 Nov 18 - 03:14 AM (#3961292)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: Mooh

For my guitar nails, those being the first three fingernails on my right hand, large-ish clippers and emery boards, and sometimes a little buffing on carpet or jeans. Clear polish or nail hardener on occasion. Since my thumb nail just doesn't grow long enough without getting in the way when doing other work, I use a Blue Chip thumbpick. All the other nails just get cut short with the clippers. Even so, my guitar nails are still on the short side. Long nails make both my guitar life and my other life awkward.


12 Nov 18 - 05:26 AM (#3961304)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: Jack Campin

I play recorders and fretless string things that use plectrums.

For the recorder the only one that matters is the left thumbnail. Left fingernails can't be too long if I'm to stop strings accurately.

Mostly I use an ultra-cheap Chinese set of folding nail scissors that stays on my key ring.

Last time I saw a bloke carefully filing his nails, he was about to go out on the gay club scene and didn't want to snag anything painfully when fisting. So now you know what fingerstyle guitar is an excuse for.


12 Nov 18 - 09:07 AM (#3961330)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: punkfolkrocker

Jack - so that's why there's a mini keychain Victorinox swiss army knife
featuring nail file, scissors, tweezers, and toothpick...???

So what kind of army do the Swiss have then...!!!?????


13 Nov 18 - 05:09 PM (#3961564)
Subject: RE: Musicians - trimming nails tips
From: JHW

Good tip but I did know you could get LH scissors, my mother was LH so had kitchen and sewing ones etc.
But I use clippers and clip all nails as short as poss except my right thumb where I leave a slight protrusion to pick with.