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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:09 pm 
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So yesterday morning, I trimmed my nails and I had a lot of free time to play piano, so I did that. Towards the end of the fifth hour, I had to stop because my fingers started to bleed under the nails. Now the tips of my second and fourth fingers on my right hand can't really play until they heal, so after spending only five hours at the keys, I can't play for about a week now (hopefully less).

What do you guys do about trimming your nails, so something like this doesn't happen? I don't trim them that frequently, so I think I just cut them too short.

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Oh, that sounds yucky! You definitely cut your nails too short!! I don't cut mine at all - I just watch something scary or exciting on TV and then they are gone. :lol:

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HAHA!

I do bite my nails, but I don't typically bite the fourth and first fingers... So snip those, and just trim the rest... and I trimmed too much

Basically, I'm wondering a good amount to leave on...

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Well, I sympathize with Monica about never needing to trim one's nails... :lol: On the rare occasion when trimming is necessary, I leave a very small (only about 1/32nd of an inch) even remnant; it seems to work for me. I hope this helps - every person's hand is so different, what works for one is bound to flop for another.

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I like to keep then as short as possible, and start getting irritated by them when they get over half a millimeter long. Can't imaging how anybody can play with nails longer than that.
Haha, that reminds me of when I had lessons as a kid. My non-too subtle old teacher once or twice got out a huge pair of scissors and chopped my nails off when he thought them too long. That was horrible and I quickly learned not to go there unless properly trimmed.
Its easy to go clip just a touch too enthousiastically though, and end up with a hurting finger for days. Happened to me on occasion.

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There are times, post-recital when my teacher is just so worn out from teaching six classes, piano lessons, and preparing for a recital, when he wont trim his nails for a few weeks (until the end of the semester, usually, when summer break is about to kick in)

You could hear his nails clicking on the keys. it's funny.

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mixah wrote:
You could hear his nails clicking on the keys. it's funny.
Eeww - that grosses me out. I can't stand hearing someone's nails on the keys.

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its' only noticable during lessons. if he's playing in the recital hall rather than the studio, the acousitics amplify the piano, and not his nails...

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pianolady wrote:
mixah wrote:
You could hear his nails clicking on the keys. it's funny.
Eeww - that grosses me out. I can't stand hearing someone's nails on the keys.


Then stay away from many Arrau CDs. Honest.

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pianolady wrote:
mixah wrote:
You could hear his nails clicking on the keys. it's funny.
Eeww - that grosses me out. I can't stand hearing someone's nails on the keys.

It bothers me with typing too, especially women who have those extra-long nails. It would drive me nuts.

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alf wrote:
Then stay away from many Arrau CDs. Honest.

Really? That stinks. I wonder why he would think that that is ok? It's disgusting. Makes me think that the pianist hasn't bothered to shower or tend to other regular hygiene things and is sitting there with long and dirty nails clicking on the piano.


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It bothers me with typing too, especially women who have those extra-long nails.

Yeah - I hate that too.

btw - you should see what I'm looking at right now. Giant snow flakes the size of a half-dollar falling gently. It's really beautiful! Merry Christmas to you Alfonso, Terez, and Mixah. :)

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See?

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pianolady wrote:
Giant snow flakes the size of a half-dollar falling gently.

I got to see that a couple of weeks ago. :D It didn't last long, alas, but it was nice. I've never seen the sky full of snow like that.

Merry Christmas to you too. :wink:

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Interesting to hear people from the South talk about snow in wonderment. My friend in Florida often says that she misses the snow too. I like it for about a couple weeks and then wish if would go away.
Did you quickly build a snowman, Terez? And did you put fingernails on him? (there - now we are back on topic :lol: )

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You are right alf, those Arrau recordings of the Beethoven sonatas are irritating! Especially in
headphones.

Regarding this topic, I got in the habit back when I played bass of keeping a raspy nail file
close at hand for filing during practice. The habit has stuck with me so that now I have a file
in a cute little box on top of my piano that comes in handy when things start clicking.

Also, I have found that in addition to the sound being annoying, it gets harder and harder
to play the longer my nails get. Sometimes (I have a digital piano) my nails get stuck
in the small gap between the white and black keys. This eventually becomes a
psychological barrier to playing. Then it's time to file away.

Brian

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