Finger Picking (Using nails) for a Steel Strung Guitar

Discussion in 'Beginner's Q&A Forum' started by iprakash, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. iprakash

    iprakash Proud IGTian

    Hello Folks, I now own a Steel String guitar ( and wanted to know whether one can use one's nails to play such a type of guitar?

    In simply words, Is it better to play a songs like 'Chura Liya Hai tumne Jo Dil Ko - 1973' with a pick or with Nails?

    I have been growing my nails and they are quite long now :)

    Please help :nw:
  2. ssslayer

    ssslayer Banned

    both sound totally different ... usually finger picking is more mellow ...

    using a plectrum will make the attack sharper n harsher ...

    it is entirely upto u n your ears ...
  3. ronnieanand

    ronnieanand n00bier th@n th0u

    If you use nails, it's no more finger picking. It's nail picking. But picking your nails or nose is different.
  4. cYpHeR

    cYpHeR Banned

    i tried on both steel as well as nylon strings....nylon is better...u stand a less chance of damaging ur nails.
  5. ssslayer

    ssslayer Banned


  6. shak

    shak Harrr!

    yes for nylon strings you can use nails ..
    but i wouldnt recommend it..the nails have a slightl curvature to them and string will snag no matter how hard you try ..
    but on the other hand most of the classical players use thier nails to play .. but perhaps they have their experience to help them out.
  7. iprakash

    iprakash Proud IGTian

    Thanks Folks, for all you feedback. I guess I'll cut my nails :beer:
  8. sayanakaharry

    sayanakaharry Forum Leader

    firstly, the ideal combination isnt all nail or all skin. its a bit of both and you should grow your nails big enough so as to see the tip from the other side. then, finger-style playing is made for the nylon string guitar, because it has a way better response to touch. that doesnt mean, though, that you cannot play finger style on steel strings.
  9. rocking_devil

    rocking_devil Banned

    arey yes,,,,, cut your nails ,, its neccessary to cut da nails while playing as it interefers like anything while playing properly!
  10. cYpHeR

    cYpHeR Banned

    dont grow ur nails too long....or u'll damage them and da sound...

    as sayanakaharry said....u need a bit of both to get a crisper sound....start plucking it wid ur finger and then drag it a little and complete the pluck wid ur nail...
  11. ronnieanand

    ronnieanand n00bier th@n th0u

    Cut your fingers to the full length. :shock:
  12. ssslayer

    ssslayer Banned

    cut or grow ? :think:
  13. ronnieanand

    ronnieanand n00bier th@n th0u

    Cut It Off Totally.
  14. cYpHeR

    cYpHeR Banned

    yea...nd u can do all hendrix antics lik plyin wid tounge
  15. ssslayer

    ssslayer Banned

    or what about playing with your prick ...

    heck u can even piss on the strings n make some cool sound FX ...
  16. sayanakaharry

    sayanakaharry Forum Leader

    cut your, er, FINGERS??
  17. light_of_erindi

    light_of_erindi New Member

    i pick steel strings all the tme with my fingers...infact that's the only way i can play guitar...:) suggestion is don't grow the enails too much...they have to be just right to get a bit of nail and finger to get the great sound. it's much better than plec.....atleast that's how i like it....:)...plecs r too sharp for me....
  18. pratcool_1

    pratcool_1 New Member

    I usually just use the tip of my fingers and dont use the nails at that fine ?
  19. iprakash

    iprakash Proud IGTian

    Great ideas ... impressive.

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