The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Classical

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 12-17-2018, 04:05 PM
SlimGeezer SlimGeezer is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 14
Default Problem Fingernail

I'm going to try to post some pictures of a fingernail that curves down like a hook. Does anyone else have this problem and know what to do about it?


https://ibb.co/RTzT3Qs

https://ibb.co/zr0hnfh

https://ibb.co/TTgZGj3

Last edited by SlimGeezer; 12-17-2018 at 04:30 PM. Reason: fixing photos
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-17-2018, 07:01 PM
Carey Carey is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Central Cal. Coast
Posts: 131
Default

Yeah, I deal with hooked nails, and it's a problem, especially for the middle finger, which swings through the biggest arc. You might find something
helpful in this Delcamp forum:

https://classicalguitardelcamp.com/v...512a0acdacfbea


Some people heat and reshape the nail, though I haven't had much luck
doing that, and instead make the nail pretty straight from the contact
point to the release point (assuming first contact at the thumb side),
which in my experience lessens the effect of the hook. Charles Duncan's
book 'Art of Classical Guitar Playing' covers this as well as any I've seen
so far. Might be a place to start... first causes could be looked at, too.

Last edited by Carey; 12-17-2018 at 07:11 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-17-2018, 07:30 PM
SlimGeezer SlimGeezer is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 14
Default

Thanks. I looked at some posts in Delcamp. It looks like quite a few people suffer the same problem. I think I might have to go with my wife when she gets her nails done. Someone suggested consulting a manicurist.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-17-2018, 08:02 PM
Carey Carey is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Central Cal. Coast
Posts: 131
Default

Possibly, though I think modeling what the string sees
with a hooked nail- a very steep/quick ramp- and doing some preliminary shaping to lessen that, is a good start.

Personally, I *can't stand* the sound of a snappish string release on the first/high e string (I hear it as a tearing sound), esp the open string, so that's my measure. YMMV.

Last edited by Carey; 12-17-2018 at 08:21 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-27-2018, 05:51 PM
lpa53 lpa53 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flat Rock, NC
Posts: 1,423
Default

This sounds like nail clubbing and I hope you've talked to your physician about it, as it might be a symptom of an underlying condition that should be treated.
__________________
1967 Aria Classical
1974 Guild D50
2009 Kenny Hill New World Player Classical
2009 Hoffman SJ
2011 Hoffman SJ 12

https://paulashley.weebly.com/
https://www.youtube.com/c/PaulAshley
https://www.reverbnation.com/paulashley
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-27-2018, 10:10 PM
ceciltguitar ceciltguitar is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 413
Default

What works for me is to glue plastic under my nail with Krazy glue with something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/XFasten-Self-...ard+lamination

I just picked this product at random from Amazon, I don't know for sure if that product would work. I have used various products from office stores and walmart over the years, all seem to be similar.

This technique is not for everyone. Krazy glue weakens some peoples nails. It has worked fine for me for the past 15 years.

I use nail scissors to cut and shape the plastic like a nail. I use tweezers to hold the plastic while applying Krazy glue and to slide the plastic under the nail. I use small pliers to squeeze the nail and the plastic together, and in the process of doing so the hook of the nail bends to match the shape of the plastic. It usually lasts for about a week. Great nail reinforcement, and as good of tone as I ever get using usually a combination of flesh and nail.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-28-2018, 09:58 PM
ceciltguitar ceciltguitar is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 413
Default

Lots of discussion on topic of nails on Delcamp forum:

https://www.classicalguitardelcamp.c...forum.php?f=87

Here are a couple other threads from another part of this forum with a similar but slightly different topic, but includes many responses (including mine) about various products and techniques used for nail care:

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...d.php?t=452910

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...90#post5182590

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=483110

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=502259
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-31-2018, 07:36 PM
nightflight nightflight is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 54
Default

I have the same problem and tried everything.

Acrylic nails damage my nails too much. I also tried using silk or fiberglass tape with nail glue - this also damages the nails. I've tried gluing on overlays - both permanently (damages nails) and temporarily (Rico's nails). Heating the nail and shaping it works for a few days.

Part of my problem is my hands are in water a lot, so nothing stays on for very long. I finally landed on polygel nails - kind of a cross between acrylic (softer and more flexible than acrylic, and without the fumes) and gel (stronger, cures with LED). And I only need them done about every 4 weeks or so. My nail that hooks is adhered to the polygel material and it does sometimes begin to separate, but mostly it stays puts and its the best solution I've found so far. With the least fuss and it holds up to water.

Polygel is newer so not all manicurists use it. There is only ONE near me who uses it (I'm in a small town). It is not gel... it is POLYGEL. Colors are clear, light pink, and some darker more opaque colors. I use the light pink which seems the most natural to me.
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Classical

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=