#1
I was just curious, for those of you that pick with your fingers, how long you let your nails get. I let mine get about 2mm of white at the end. For me that's the perfect amount of nail that lets me just barely knick the string with my nail and get a really nice twang-ish sound.
I also find that on my fretting hand I like to have about the same amount of white nail at the end. It's more of a hand comfort issue as well as a hand balance issue. I figure I can get away with nails that guitarists would consider a little long because of the thicker strings.

So how 'bout you guys and gals?
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#2
i dont let my fingernails grow
because when i fingerpick
i pick from under the string
and then the strings gets caught on the nail
then it hurts
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#5
Fingering or a plastic pick ftw, personally I find growing my nails out uncomfortable, odd to play with too.
#6
I keep mine pretty short, so I get a nice, smooth, warm sound as opposed to a pick like attack.
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#8
finger picking a bass does not involve your nails. i don't chew my nails, but i keep them trimmed, no longer than my finger tip. both hands.

Edit: side note to the guys. keep your fingernails clean, girls notice things, like that.
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finger picking a bass does not involve your nails. i don't chew my nails, but i keep them trimmed, no longer than my finger tip. both hands.

Edit: side note to the guys. keep your fingernails clean, girls notice things, like that.

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#11
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finger picking a bass does not involve your nails. i don't chew my nails, but i keep them trimmed, no longer than my finger tip. both hands.

Edit: side note to the guys. keep your fingernails clean, girls notice things, like that.


As one of the few females on this forum, yes chewed or unhealthy looking finger nails are a big put off. I am not saying go get a manicure, but keep 'em clean and trimmed.

As a woman, I never bought into the whole nail obsession thing with the manicures etc. Keeping my nails short, slightly below or at the same length as my fingertips, has been one of the big plusses of being a bass player.
#12
I try to keep them short enough to support the tip of my finger when I speed up my playing.

However, I've been feeling really tense recently, so I've gone back to biting my nails... Need to loosen up really.
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#14
I hate catching the string with my nail while playing, so I trim my nails about once a week to well below my finger tips.
#15
I don't really have a comfort zone for how long I need my fingernails to be, but I just try to keep them not long since I also play the piano.
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#16
Short enough so that they don't affect my sound or playing

i.e. Not hitting the strings
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#20
I get really uncomfortable playing if my nails are longer than 1mm. So very trim is me. I carry nail clippers and filing board with me to gigs... meaning I've had the odd look when filing down my nails into shape.
#21
I keep my fingernails as short as possible. Hate it when you catch a nail on the string and not only get a horrible trebly clang out of them, but usually bend your nail back too.

I also fingerpick on steel string acoustic guitar and prefer the mellow tone of the fingers than the tinny nail tone, so no nails for me.
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#22
I keep the nails on my picking fingers as short as possible, especially my index. I file them whenever they start to have the white tips. I HATE the sound of a nail hitting the strings, it gives me chills down my spine.
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#25
I cut them as soon as I grab my bass and I hear a twang when I pull the string.
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#26
Quote by 83lespaulstudio
finger picking a bass does not involve your nails. i don't chew my nails, but i keep them trimmed, no longer than my finger tip. both hands.

Edit: side note to the guys. keep your fingernails clean, girls notice things, like that.


yea, i keep my nails so there well below my finger, its called fingerpicking not finger and kind of a bit of your nail picking

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#27
i bite them too
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yea, i keep my nails so there well below my finger, its called fingerpicking not finger and kind of a bit of your nail picking

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I keep mine a short as possible without hurting myself
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#30
I try to keep them as short as possible, although trying to avoid that horrible feeling of having nails that are TOO short.


It's weird though, cuz my right hand always has short nails, and my left has longer ones.
#31
I file them down (as girly as that sounds), I hate it when they catch the string.

I do hate it when I play too much after I trimmed them down and the underside starts bleeding .
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#32
As short as possible meaning no white at all.
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#33
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my nails look disgusting :\
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#35
I trim them as short as possible as often as possible. I've never liked it when my nails were long, even before bass.
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