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Split nail & banjo lesson on Tuesday.

Posted by Boadicea on Monday, December 4, 2017

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***cues The Bee Gees "Tragedy" and hits play***

Well I was going to drive one and a half hours tonight to go to a jamming session in Brisbane tonight but alas I split my pointer finger nail, on my chord hand, yes tragically just before lesson with my awesome banjo teacher. I don't even know how I did it.

So we did some looking at strumming, rolls, and also we did come back up playing with a track. It was good. I learnt so much. I think I need an early night. 

There is so much to the humble strum. So I have four types to practise. 

We went through my rolls, and my teacher fine tuned my rolling, my rolling with slides, the different types of rolls, and then he demonstrated (amongst the many things that he demonstrated today) was how to jam using bits from different rolls. 

 



13 comments on “Split nail & banjo lesson on Tuesday.”

pickn5 Says:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @5:27:34 AM

Practice what your able. Hope the nail heals quickly. Keep picking.

bellf Says:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @5:35:13 AM

Hi Kate,
That's too bad about your injury. I ended up going to the jam session you mentioned-- it was a good night. I highly recommend going as soon as your finger's better. I think you'll find it a lot of fun.
I hope your finger heals quickly.
All the best,
Bell

WayneConrad Says:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @8:03:45 AM

Kate, Sorry about your busted nail. When you say your "chord hand," does that means the hand you use to press strings against frets? For most of us, the left hand? Are your nails long enough on that hand to touch the fingerboard or strings when you fret a string?

Boadicea Says:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @4:24:26 PM

pickn5 thanks I can do all my rolls and strumming, so I have lots to learn, and lots to go over.

Boadicea Says:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @4:26:23 PM

Oh I could have met you bellf! That would have been fun! I would have met a real life BHO member! That would have been exciting! I am so glad that it is good, that is heartening news!

Boadicea Says:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @4:29:53 PM

Yes WayneConrad it is my left hand my chord playing hand. I tried to superglue it back together like my banjo teacher suggested. I will go and buy some clear nail polish soon. The superglue that we have is of a poor quality or I didn't do it correctly.

Boadicea Says:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @4:32:13 PM

I did do a little bit of chord work during my lesson, whilst jamming with my teacher and the background track. I am very shy so it was hard. It is hard to be around or close or near other people, and showing how little you actually know.

bellf Says:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @10:44:01 PM

Sorry I didn't meet you Kate -- it would've been fun. I did meet Martin, though, and I guess you will too if you go to the next jam. By the way, I reckon this jam is a good place if you feel a little shy about playing in front of others. The fellows who run it are very nice about giving people a chance to try a solo or sing a song, as well as offering people the opportunity to decline such offers.

You'll have to let me know if you're ever in Melbourne. It'll probably be a couple of years before I'm in Brisbane again.
Cheers, Bell

WayneConrad Says:
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @6:59:06 AM

Superglue alone won't work well to repair a split nail: It will debond or chip off at the first opportunity. It either needs an aggregate or a substrate in order to hold. I've never tried an aggregate, but here is one: amazon.com/IBD-Second-Nail-Fil...00OBFZ00. For a subtrate, you can use silk or fiberglass fabric. That's what I do. banjohangout.org/topic/328651 shows how I reinforce my picking nail, but it's the same technique I use for a split nail (except for a split nail, I only use one or two layers of fiberglass/silk. A picking nail get more layers).

How does a split nail on the fretting hand impact your playing? I'm wondering if the nails on your fretting fingers are long. Most players keep the nails on their fretting hand very, very short.

Boadicea Says:
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @12:58:06 PM

Hey Bell,

that sounds like a lovely jamming experience! I am bummed that I didn't get to meet you!

I will definitely let you know if I come down to Melbourne bellf!

Boadicea Says:
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @1:19:02 PM

That first link didn't work for me WayneConrad.

It is possible that I may have had my nails too long Wayne.

WayneConrad Says:
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @2:26:41 PM

Boadicea -- How about this? amazon.com/IBD-Second-Nail-Fil...er+powder

The search term is "nail filler powder"

Boadicea Says:
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @2:55:51 PM

Thanks WayneConrad

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