30. August 2007 · 5 comments · Categories: Ramble

We oboists worry about reeds. A lot. But I had never thought about guitarists, and the problem with fingernails. Sure, I know strings can break. But nails? Just hadn’t ever entered my mind.

I wonder if people with weak nails that have permanent splits running down them simply can’t play guitar. (Yeah, I’m talking about me.) Or I guess we’d have to do fake nails. I don’t do nails. Period. I’m lazy that way.

Anyway, just a little tidbit about a different instrument.

I do love guitar, and particularly (no surprise here) Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, which I’ve played it at least three times. Yeah, playing the wonderful English horn part. Great stuff!

5 Comments

  1. My former guitar teacher used to fix his carefully-cultivated nails with crazy glue.

  2. If only reeds could be repaired in the same manner!

  3. As someone else with a guitar degree from NEC, who has pretty much quit playing (there is another guy who has started again, wrote a book, and has been publizing it everywhere), I’d say the obsessional worry is nails and strings. I am still very careful with my nails.

  4. Kenneth Woods once told me he couldn’t have been a guitarist because he wouldn’t be able to deal with all the nail issues.
    I understand exactly where he’s coming from!

  5. Maybe playing guitar would have cured me of nail biting. I wonder.