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Fingernails For Picks?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by AboutSweetSue, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. AboutSweetSue


    Sep 29, 2018
    Lebanon, TN
    I was messing around on a bass I haven’t played in awhile, and I noticed my fingernails were hanging up on the strings.

    I began using those long fingernails to play like I would with a pick. Anyone ever tried that with bass? Acoustic sure, but bass?
  2. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    I've been doing that since ~1980. There's at least one thread here about it. I presently play flatwounds and it helps "cut through" when I need to. I use a nail hardener - but it sure sucks when you break one and have to go back to "flesh" for a week or so.
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  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    I tried. Wore my nails too much. I alternate between pick and pluck.
  4. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    I experimented a few years ago with letting my index and middle fingernails grow barely past the tips to get a pick like sound. I didn’t hold an imaginary pick in my fingers and just use a nail. I played normal fingerstyle but gave it that slight extra bite. Was cool to mess around with, but I really scratched up my bass near the neck from also slapping and popping. So I went back to normal cuttin them back short.
  5. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    My nails,like a thin pick,tend to hang up on the string and decrease speed.
    That's why I do this. 03012552_Snapshot_20170503. 03012626_Snapshot_20170503_1.
    The picks I use are thick.
    Like a finger tip.
    They don't hang up on the string.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2018

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