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Newbie question about fingering

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by AttackDonut, Jul 12, 2003.


  1. AttackDonut

    AttackDonut

    Jun 29, 2003
    I am just starting to take lessons, and the first lesson was using two fingers to pluck the strings.

    So far, so good, I am supposed to use the tips of my fingers, but not the fingernails.

    Question is this: If I pluck the strinfgs with my fingernails, it is easier for me and I feel that I am more accurate.

    I haved always had iron hard fingernails, and breaking them has never been a problem.

    What are the downsides to using my fingernails, or should I really stick with working with the tips of my fingers?
     
  2. I would learn how to use your fingers, so that you have that techiqnue is at your disposal.

    The only downside that I know of this that the strings can destroy your fingernails, apparently.

    Also, i think that your tone would be more rounded using your fingers.

    welcome to tb, rock on! :D
     
  3. I don't like the sound that I get from playing with longer fingernails, too twangy, and the feeling of pulling up on a nail kinda puts my teeth on edge. A good point about nails is that you can get artificial harmonics to be heaps clearer than if you just use your fingertip.

    As for wrecking fingernails, I think you may find they'll get worn down and may break as a result of that. The strings are harder and will probly be grind away but that will depend on how you pull your nails across the strings.

    Josh D