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cowboypoet SemiBS: Fingernails (35) RE: SemiBS: Fingernails 02 Feb 01

I've got fairly soft nails and I keep them short to prevent bending them back when I'm working. I went through a period when I was playing a lot where, on the recommendation of a friend of mine who's a great finger-style guitar player, I went to a nail salon every ten days or so and had the nails on the first, middle, and ring fingers of my right hand built up with acrylic (or, since it's three fingers, would it be threecrylic?). I didn't mind getting stared at (you'd think people never saw a guy in cowboy clothes in a nail salon before) and I liked the way they sounded, but they felt weird -- like my own nails were a size too small -- and they got in the way when I was doing other manual tasks. Never did get used to them. I tried the Alaska picks, but they always felt as though I had them on backward and they came off pretty easily. They might work with some kind of adhesive to hold them on a little better -- it's an intriguing concept anyway. Mostly I use Pick Boy plastic finger picks. They're not quite as heavy as other plastics so they don't feel as clumsy and don't cut off the circulation, have a pretty nice sound, and don't have to be filed to create a "sweet spot" as they're both curved and crowned.

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