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    Is it just me, or are any of you gun slingers out there fucking up your finger nails on your picking hand? Lately, I've been beating the shit out of my index finger nail and my thumb nail on my right hand (my picking hand). Maybe I'm just getting old.

    I've been playing a lot more lately, and maybe that's it. But it's like my index finger nail is becoming a stub.

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    My fingernails don't really get fucked up, but the skin around my thumbnail and index finger nail gets torn up all the time.


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    Well um i use a guitar pick and um my nails are still pretty.


    No my nails don't get messed up at all from playing guitar but there was a time when i was 13 and i played without a pick for a while and the nail on my pointing finger got an indent in it, it took a while for it to grow out.
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    I play a lot of fingerstyle acoustic, so broken nails are a constant problem. I've found taking biotin helps a lot. You can get it in pill form in most health food places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charvel2 View Post
    I play a lot of fingerstyle acoustic, so broken nails are a constant problem. I've found taking biotin helps a lot. You can get it in pill form in most health food places.
    Thanks for this tip, I'll check it out.
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    When I'm playing higher-energy music on a regular basis my right index finger will typically take a beating. Running and jumping around while playing will surely lead to a few strums you lean too far into. What gets me is less the finger nail and more the cuticle, that'll hurt real good for a day or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    When I'm playing higher-energy music on a regular basis my right index finger will typically take a beating. Running and jumping around while playing will surely lead to a few strums you lean too far into. What gets me is less the finger nail and more the cuticle, that'll hurt real good for a day or two.

    EXACTLY THIS.

    I can play, and play, and play...and go through band practices over, and over, and over, and I'm just fine.

    But when we get a run of gigs going, playing live always seems to shred the cuticle on my right index finger for a month at a time. I always chalk it up to the extra energy from playing live, and figure it's a just a small price to pay.

    ...and the worst of it is that I already know the 6-8 songs through the course of the night that are gonna butcher my finger, too...

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    My right index nail use to 'wear out' on the edge closest to my thumb after playing Metallica stuff-
    There was a product you could get that was recommended to me by a spanish classical guitarist- I cant remember the name though- you put it on like nail polish and it was suppose to double the strenght of your nail-
    I'll remember the name at 3am tommorow-
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    It's not 3am -but I think the product was called "Mavala" -not %100 sure tho-
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    My first finger nail always is slanted down from the thumb side down to the middle finger side. I used to use my nail instead of a pick because I like the tone and feel of my nail, but it just wore down too quick so I have ended using a pick now

 

 

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