#1
I have been trying to grow my fingernails out for awhile now and im just to the point where i can almost use them but the other day i went out and got my some of the Metal Slip-on finger things and i can play fine with out them but with them it was a complete mess i couldn?t do a thing so my question is will it be the same for me with my fingernails grown out?
#2
You dont need to grow your nails. USE YOUR FINGERS! Using your nails makes the overall sound weak. Use your fingers.
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#3
I like the sound of my Fingers i like it alot but im just trying new stuff to kinda?broaden my horizon if you will
#4
Fingernails are a hell of a lot easier to get used to than actual finger picks. I hate them. It drastically changes the contact point with the string so i usually end up string the string below the one I am trying to. I grow my fingernails out because it gives a crisper sound. Then when they break I am still able to use just fingers.
#5
With Fingernails there are somethings to consider.
First off there is a difference in tone you would produce, a BIG difference. But a VARIETY of tone can be acheived from mearly SHAPING your nail in such a way were you can go from either full on nail or finger, to a subtle mixture of the two. As for one poster's claim of a weak sound, that would just be a confusion of terms. Bright, or ponticello would be a better term to describe such, as with playing with nails and near the bridge would give the bright tone, while plain fingers playing toward the fretboard would a darker, tasto sound.
#9
Most of the great finger pickers use nails. They may seem "different," and a little akward at first, but if you want to be good at guitar, you just need a little bit of dedication to get through the "oh my gosh this is weird," stage. I had the same feeling too, but now I cant play when I don't have fingernails (like when I rip one and have to cut them all off) its well worth it my friend, just keep on playing
#10
fingernails rule.

Your tone becomes crisper and it opens up new techniques to you. I find it easier to play faster stuff, because you need a light touch with fingernails, as you don't really need to pluck hard.

Yeah it may seem weird at first to have long nails - but as you get into fingerstyle you'll grow to appreciate them.

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