Abraham Maslow once said “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” It might have been someone else, and those might not have been his exact words, but you get the idea. It’s saying that there are some people who take the same approach to fixing a problem, whether or not it makes sense to do so.
Or maybe he’s saying that some people just like to hit stuff. I dunno. We call that “percussive maintenance.”
Classical guitarists and some fingerstyle players insist on playing with the nails on their right hand, and have all kinds of ways to deal with their nails. Kent Nishimura, for example, files his nails down to a point. Here’s his cover of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (a particularly good one, I think).
Chet Atkins played with a thumbpick and his nails, and if a nail broke he cut a new nail tip from a ping-pong ball and Super Glued it to the end of the real nail. Jerry Reed played this way, too.
I could never get the hang of playing with my nails. I always ended up playing with the pads of my fingers. Turns out Tommy Emmanuel does the same.
I never used a thumbpick, either. It was all bare fingers. I wasn’t that good, so maybe I should have…
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