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May 5, 2021 - 3:04:44 PM
12 posts since 4/9/2021

Salutations,
Finger style guitar player having trouble with my fingernails hitting strings behind the picks. My pick sounds the correct string,but my nail hits the higher string unless I squash the pick so far up my finger I hard trouble bending the 1st knuckle quickly. Any ad ice?

May 5, 2021 - 3:09:11 PM

12 posts since 4/9/2021

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Originally posted by Gao

Salutations,
Finger style guitar player having trouble with my fingernails hitting strings behind the picks. My pick sounds the correct string,but my nail hits the higher string unless I squash the pick so far up my finger I hard trouble bending the 1st knuckle quickly. Any ad ice?


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May 5, 2021 - 3:12:33 PM

562 posts since 10/4/2018

Maybe I'm thick, but this doesn't make sense to me. Can you take a photo of how your picks are situated on your fingers?

May 5, 2021 - 3:15:37 PM

12 posts since 4/9/2021

...also. having trouble not using my other fingers while playing banjo rolls >.<

May 5, 2021 - 3:44:51 PM

12 posts since 4/9/2021

This help




May 5, 2021 - 3:59:02 PM

12 posts since 4/9/2021

Placed hand to show mail on higher string while pick on string o want to strike


 

May 5, 2021 - 4:08:52 PM
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536 posts since 1/28/2011

First, cut your fingernails, especially the index nail. Next, get rid of the plastic picks and get some metal picks that you can shape and adjust for your hand and finger shape and style of picking.

May 5, 2021 - 4:12:16 PM
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rcc56

USA

3521 posts since 2/20/2016

You might try some metal fingerpicks. They can be easily bent to a shape that works for you. You might want to try some different brands.

Plastic fingerpicks can also be bent, but it means dipping them into very hot water, bending them quickly before they cool off, and finding a way to keep them from un-bending before they cool completely.

May 5, 2021 - 4:40:28 PM

19 posts since 1/13/2005

The Earl Scruggs 5string banjo book page 18 will show you how to shape your picks...also get the Blue Chip thumb pick

May 5, 2021 - 5:14:54 PM

chuckv97

Canada

57537 posts since 10/5/2013

I agree,, metal picks, blade bent up to cover your fingertip somewhat. Make slow & precise movements for a while to get the proper articulation. Best of luck!

Edited by - chuckv97 on 05/05/2021 17:15:24

May 5, 2021 - 5:26:43 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

827 posts since 8/9/2019

Ditch those finger picks! Get yourself some thin metal ones like Dunlops or Nationals etc

May 5, 2021 - 5:30:50 PM
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Helix

USA

14044 posts since 8/30/2006

Good searching with us. Myself, I don't think I could use those type, they are too big.

Please try some metal picks like Dunlop .0225's, they will form to your finger in between your knuckle
Here's some pictures to help. Use needle nose pliers while they are on your finger.


May 5, 2021 - 5:31:14 PM

2499 posts since 5/2/2012

There is a phenomenom called "digging in", where picker is digging into the strings so far he/she may hit the head of the banjo. One of the signs is a lot of wear on the head. You may not be digging in that far, but it seems if your fingernail is hitting the next string, you may be digging in too far, moving your finger closer to the head as you pick, rather than picking more parallel to the head. Try positioning your hand so your pick(s) is/are hitting the string cleanly (and with good tone) with the very tip of the pick.

May 5, 2021 - 6:08:42 PM

12 posts since 4/9/2021

Is there a way to play banjo and not cut my nails as suggested? I play guitar 1st and am learning banjo (as in got it two days ago. Took up 30 days of banjo lessons playlist on youtube as well as two others as I live in a tiny town a good 3hr drive to the closest music store..
.and 3hrs back ( Houma)
I use my fingernails for finger picking my guitar and would like to not have to cut them.

May 5, 2021 - 6:10:42 PM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

827 posts since 8/9/2019

if your picks are fitting right and you are hitting the strings correctly, you could have long nails and it won't matter.

May 5, 2021 - 6:20:05 PM
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Helix

USA

14044 posts since 8/30/2006

That is correct
I’m also a guitar player
I cut mine once a week for the female

...also. having trouble not using my other fingers while playing banjo rolls >.<

don't worry about that

Edited by - Helix on 05/05/2021 18:23:10

May 5, 2021 - 6:26:23 PM

562 posts since 10/4/2018

Metal picks should solve your problem. They can be easily adjusted to fit your fingers and should accommodate your long fingernails. Most people curve them towards their nails instead of straight out. See Larry's photos. For your information, fingerpicks and thumbpicks are going to hurt for the first month or so, but struggle through the pain and awkwardness  because it will be well worth it. If someone tells you not to use fingerpicks to play bluegrass tell them where to shove it.

Edited by - Good Buddy on 05/05/2021 18:29:15

May 5, 2021 - 6:29:08 PM
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12 posts since 4/9/2021

Gosh, those pics! The plastic pics that came with my banjo are way to far from the top of my fingers! Gonna get some metal
Pics as ya'll suggest. Thanks million. I'm out here on my own trying to learn this wonderful instrument. I'll keep folks apprised as to how this works out. Thanks again! ^.^

May 5, 2021 - 6:57:37 PM

1481 posts since 2/9/2007

Do you use those nails for guitar? That could be a problem.... I grow my nails for clawhammer banjo, but long enough for that is a lot shorter than what you need for classical guitar-- I up-pick, usually without picks, but with or without, the nails don't get in the way.

If you want to play bluegrass style, metal fingerpicks are an essential part of the "right" tone, and you'll want to learn to use them. It might be easier to start without them, though. Feeling and sounding the strings with the fingertips is a good thing, IMO. Go for clarity and control, not volume. Once you've got a few basic rolls chugging along pretty steady, then it will be easier to choose and fit a set of picks to actually suit you.

May 5, 2021 - 9:54:04 PM

chuckv97

Canada

57537 posts since 10/5/2013

I have long-ish fingernails also , for playing classical and fingerstyle guitar. I just make sure my picks extend just a bit past the length of my nails so they won’t catch the banjo strings.

May 6, 2021 - 3:29:12 AM
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Helix

USA

14044 posts since 8/30/2006

When you get some metal fingerpicks you will have a left and right blade wrapping around, ok?

Take the left blade and tuck it under the right blade so they act like shingles and won't snag. duh

These will be awkward starting out. Your body will learn and you sleep on it, you get better.

I mean your body can tell the difference of adding .0225 thin metal to your finger, later you get good at picks, it won't be a problem

I still use fingernails to frail quietly in the morning to warm up my older hands to build with.

Hope this helps.

May 6, 2021 - 4:40:19 AM

10 posts since 6/2/2020

I play classical guitar and finger style as well. I play clawhammer banjo and old style three finger. Unless you're dead set on bluegrass, stick to clawhammer and old style. I prefer them anyway, in terms of repertoire and sound. I think that will mean you want to use open back banjos. Claw hammer with my stone 19th century tribute banjo and nylgut strings is my favorite style. Nylgut strings don't damage the finger nails at all, and neither of these styles use picks.

May 7, 2021 - 11:26:21 AM

1154 posts since 1/28/2013

My fingernails used to do that sometimes until I replaced the neck with a wider one 1-5/16ths at the nut, and I went to a wider 48 mm string spaced bridge, which is twice as wide as Crowe spaced. Problem was instantly solved, and my playing improved overall, more accuracy, easier fretting etc. You probably have a narrow 1-3/16ths neck, which are becoming obsolete, along with standard spaced bridges which do not allow enough spacing between strings. They are too narrow for modern styles.

Edited by - jan dupree on 05/07/2021 11:35:34

May 7, 2021 - 2:03:32 PM

4078 posts since 12/6/2009

I flat pick guitar....I finger pick guitar....I also thumb pick guitar.....I also use metal national picks for everything (except flat picking)....nails are nice and short and have no problems.....and for the youngsters ....do not use long finger nails on the fret board....you'll only dig trenches in short order.

Edited by - overhere on 05/07/2021 14:05:23

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