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1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

Aside from a guitar, capo, tuner, pick and fingers, what would you say would be 1 piece of gear no acoustic (mainly fingerpicking) player should be without? (And don't say a new guitar or an amp - my wife will kill me!)

Interesting to see what y'all say...

Cheers
stonefly.co.za <=== coming soon!
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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

7/19/2004 8:02 AM

Rex Jones (12455) wrote:

A good hard shell case !
UR

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7/19/2004 9:24 AM

Charlie Murray (1876) wrote:

For me.

Singing lessons..

And Guitar lessons.

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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

7/19/2004 10:07 AM

Jean-Michel Ghyoot (1400) wrote:

- A towel to dry your fingers while playing, and your strings when you're done
- Polish wax to clean the guitar

...hey, the tuner is completely useless ;)



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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

8/3/2004 5:45 PM

Sharon Yvonne (280) wrote:

Tuners aren't useless! I would never have survived this long without my electronic tuner. I'm at the point now where I can tune the strings in relation to each other without always having to use it, but I still need a reference point! If I had to live without a tuner, I'd have to switch to playing keyboards. I'd NEVER make it with the guitar without a tuner.

Sharon <--does NOT have perfect pitch, uh-uh, no sirree

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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

7/19/2004 10:12 AM

Raemond Coleman (2858) wrote:

crazy glue and ping pong balls (but up)....to fix / repair broken nails quickly.

Raemond



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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

7/19/2004 10:48 AM

Eric Wruck (1588) wrote:

Raemond, Ping pong balls??? How do you play with those glued to your finger tips??? :) :) Actually I agree with U.R. a hardshell case is mandatory!! I was at a Flamenco accompaniment session with some dancers at a small studio when one of the newer students was working on her steps when she accidently stepped on my guitar case which was on the floor next to the wall. Ordinarily this would not been a big problem other than the fact I was in a hurry and grabbed my gig bag and not my nice expensive hardshell case when I left the house... Lucky I was holding my guitar at the time or there would have been some nice Spruce and Sycamore kindling for the fireplace this winter!!!
Eric--





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Re: 1 essential piece of gear for acoustic players?

7/19/2004 11:12 AM

Raemond Coleman (2858) wrote:

you cut up (I wrote but up lol in my first post) peices of ping-pong ball and glue them to your nail (think ping-pong acrylic nails). I could have said spare acrylic nails I guess but I prefer ping-pong balls - John Rehnbourn uses ping-pong balls as do some other fingerstyle players.

Raemoond :)



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Fingernail maintenance

7/30/2004 12:27 AM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

Your post intrigues me, as I have been struggling with my nails for a couple of years now. I barely have time to practice any more, so my nails grow and look fine, then I go to a gig and play for 2 hours and completely destroy them.

I tried fingerpicks and could never get used to them. Right now I keep several layers of Sally Hansen "Teflon Tuff" on my nails, topped off by a layer or two of Sally Hansen "No Chip". It looks really funny and keeps my nails OK, but it still doesn't really cut it if I play for a long gig.

Can you go into detail on the ping-pong ball thing? For instance:
- What size do you cut the balls into? Should it cover the whole nail, like fake nails, or do you just cut slivers and put it over the tip?
- Why is a ping-pong ball better than over-the-counter fake nails? I've never used fake nails, but my wife says I should, she's not a big fan of my nail polish.
- Do you really use Krazy Glue? If so, how do you get the nails off when you're done playing, or do you just live with them?

Thanks, man, I've been searching for the solution to this problem for ages, if this really works I'll be forever in your debt!

- Jim B



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7/30/2004 10:19 AM

Raemond Coleman (2858) wrote:

OK here is how I go about it.

I cut and shape peices of the ping pong ball to go over my nail (not the whole nail - just the last part and then to extend the nail). I use crazy glue and baking powder to fasten the nail on. A little glue on the underside of the ball peice and then glue on top and dip your finger in a bowl of baking powder (you want the glue to pickup the baking powder), add more glue then more baking powder - Do this a couple of times. Then I sand / file down the excess and shape the nail etc.

You do keep the nails on after a performance (or at least I do). I think removing them would dammage your real nails and after a couple times it would really start to hurt :)

I have also gone to a nail salon to get fake nails. They work great! and are less work - but it is hard to find someone who speaks english well enough to understand my requirments (you want a rounded nail not a flat nail, only the tip of the finger, no glossy look etc.)

Good Luck. I don't think either of these are the ultimate solution....I have yet to find it.

Raemond





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Re: Fingernail maintenance

7/30/2004 11:43 AM

Gary Murphy (3498) wrote:

This is true. My guitar teacher used to do it. So far, I haven't broken a nail close to a time when I had to perform so I have never had to go their. I doesn't look very good, but if you are hard core, you have to live hard core and ping-pong ball fragments glued to your fingernails is way hard core.

Gary





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7/30/2004 12:08 PM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

Thanks for the advice! Have you ever tried store-bought fake nails? Seems to me like that might work OK, too, you could just press them on and then cut them to meet your requirements.







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7/30/2004 3:29 PM

Kevin Bowling (5230) wrote:

Hi Jim. A lot of the fingerstyle guys use the store-bought fake nails and swear by them. Seems like I read somewhere that Cheat Atkins might have used the ping pong balls.

Kevin





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7/30/2004 9:54 PM

Tony Cook (2424) wrote:

Hi Raemond,

AS I read your post, I thought- hmmm, wonder if this guy's an Ani DiFranco fan (Ani uses electrical tape to attach fake nails, as you probably already knew).

Checked out your homepage, and I was right! Living in Clip is one of my favorites by her also.

What kind of stuff/style do you play with your fake nails? I'm a poor hybrid-picker. I fingerpick once and a while, but not enough to stay in shape.

TonyC







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7/30/2004 10:52 PM

Raemond Coleman (2858) wrote:

Love Ani! Love her! She has such a sweet voice and a vicious attack with those taped on nails (btw I tried that and it cut the circulation of to my fingers and they went blue lol).

I play lots of differnt stuff - for fingerstyle though my main influence is Don Ross (think Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges etc.)

Everybody should own Living in Clip (heck even the name of the album is just too damn cool).

Raemond







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7/30/2004 11:32 PM

Tony Cook (2424) wrote:

I'll have to check Don Ross out. I'm also a huge fan of both Kottke and Michael Hedges.

Just got Kottke's latest CD, "Try an stop me now" (Bringing my Kottke total to about 25 CD's, and still not everything he's done). The new CD is great. I'm hoping to see him in November in Atlanta.

TonyC








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Fingernail Update

9/22/2004 4:23 PM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

I've used fake nails at my last 3 gigs and they rock! I'm hooked! I played last Friday and Saturday, probably a combined 3-4 hours of solid solo acoustic playing, and my (fake) nails held out great. Thanks for the tip!

I use "sporty round" nails or something like that. They're still way too long and you have to cut them down and file them into shape, but the glue that holds them on is so strong and the material so real that they feel like your real nails. I could never get used to fingerpicks because they seemed to interfere with me "feeling" the strings. With the fake nails, I just cut them to the right length and I can feel the strings fine.

The only problem is that the only way to get them off is to soak them in polish remover for a long time, which I'm too lazy (or busy) to do, so I end up wearing them until they fall off, which can be like an extra week or more. My wife HATES them and says I look like a whore. Oh, well, luckily we're already married so she's stuck with me...






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9/22/2004 4:49 PM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

Now Jim, both of us know that would only be true if you painted them red on a Friday!!!

Bill~~~





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9/22/2004 4:52 PM

Rex Jones (12455) wrote:

Hi Jim,
Nice to see you around here again !
My ex wife would get her nails done too,
and the problem I saw is it becomes the "Maintenance problem from... (H... e... double hocky stick) :-(
Soaking your finger tips in "Remover" is only half the problem....
the glue they use to stick them to your real nails ruins the tops of your real nails.
So if you try to go back to normal nails again it takes months for them to grow out past the ruined parts.
I keep my right hand nails just a "rch" past my finger tips.
I think even clear polish will give you enough support to run what God gave you and it won't mess up your real nails.
Be careful my friend with the chemicals you put on your body !
Thanks for dropping buy !!!!!!!!!!!!
4now,
UR






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9/22/2004 5:58 PM

Raemond Coleman (2858) wrote:

That's great Jim. It is quite liberating once you get use to looking like a transvestite. Some people at work are still freaked out by my fake nails (or ping pong - right now I have fakes on) but you know what I think it's hardcore....man I modified my body to be a better guitar player! How cool is that :)

I went to the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Festival this summer and Tony McManus (who John Renbourn calls the greatest celtic guitarist in the world) said that he tells the people who do his fake nails

"Don't tell my mother I'm a guitar player - I told her I'm a transvestite!"

LOL

Rock on Jim.

Raemond :)





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9/25/2004 3:30 PM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

I've just put on my first set of fake nails and I'm really enjoying the power and timbre I'm getting. I'm using them along with the thumbpick I got at the Doyle Dykes workshop I attended last Monday.

The thumbpick is pretty unusual, and the first thumbpick I've ever really been able to use well. It's design starts with a regular thumbpick, but much of the material is trimed away, and the playing portion is also thinned out a bit.

I'll try to describe the sillouette. Try to imagine a regular thumpick. Now make two cuts in the pick portion. These two cuts go deep enough so that if you were to look at it as it fit on your thumb, the cuts would end at a line approximately at the center of the thumb. So the business part of the pick is now a three tine fork, sort of. The outside tines are then cut in length so that they're about even with the end of the loop, (the part that holds the pick on your thumb. leaving a very narrow protruding plectrum. This is also thinned as previously mentioned, to control the flexibility. Works like a charm!

I've recently developed a problem with nail brittleness, and the acrylic nails seem like they may be the answer. I don't seem to be having much difficulty getting used to the feel of them. It's very close to playing with natural nails. Just wait'll the guys at work get a load of 'em. LOL







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9/25/2004 3:32 PM

Joshua Mattingly (7766) wrote:

Guys, look! I did my nails!





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9/25/2004 3:47 PM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

Just after my last post I looked up Doyle's website and found his thumpick available there. I don't have the link syntax loaded in my new 'puter, and I can't remember it off the top of my head, so you'll have to copy and paste.

His website.
http://www.doyledykes.com/

His thumbpick.
http://www.doyledykes.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=DDP&Category_Code=T



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Re: Fingernail maintenance

7/30/2004 11:45 AM

Gary Murphy (3498) wrote:

I don't know how to put this delicately. I could never get my fingernail to grow on my index finger until I realized that every time I unzipped my fly on my blue jeans, that I was filing the fingernail down. That one observation changed my life.



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7/30/2004 4:15 PM

Ryan Eckenrode (5114) wrote:

Jim,

In another Yahoo group I'm a member of,
ClassicalGuitar1, there was a lengthy discussion about
fingernails, the alaska picks, etc, etc...

One member suggested a natural way of getting the
nails healthy which consisted of eating jello for its
gelatin content, and taking protein supplements to
strengthen the nails. The weak-nailed expert
recommended eating jello like 2-3 times a week.

And if you took a multi-vitamin, like Centrum, you could
probably see a noticeable difference over time.

later, Ryan



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9/23/2004 3:13 AM

Dominic Hatchuel (4861) wrote:

Hi

I take Centrum, and man have I noticed a difference! I take them just as a normal mutli-vit supplement, but my nails have become as hard as rock. I've had to go out and buy an orbital sander to keep the things in check! (Okay, any excuse to buy power tools, really, but you get the point.) So I can fefinitely back that theory up.

Cheers
stonefly <=== hmmm... maybe i should actually start working on the site, eh?



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9/23/2004 10:39 PM

Ryan Eckenrode (5114) wrote:

I've had to go out and buy an orbital sander to keep the things in check! (Okay, any excuse to buy power tools...

LOL!! ... i prefer those cheap emery boards from wal-mart myself, but hey, to each his own!

... or whatever gets the job done right!

later, Ryan



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9/24/2004 5:39 PM

Joshua Mattingly (7766) wrote:

Really?? A multi-vitamin did that?

Hmmmmmmmm......Gee........Sounds like good stuf to me! LOL!


My nails are quite hard really, I've beat them to death and they've never cracked or chipped...


Joshua

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