Fingernail issues? A solution at last
If you play fingerstyle guitar AND dislike traditional fingerpicks, you need to know about a product I recently stumbled upon. The following endorsement is unpaid.
Douglas Niedt, the guitar chair at my alma mater, provides the best introduction to Rico Guitar Nails. Briefly described, Rico gives you a temporary artificial nail, or nails, without toxic adhesives. You can put them on at the start of a practice session or gig, then take them off afterward WITHOUT ACETONE OR OTHER HARSH CHEMICALS. They are completely customize-able to fit any or all fingers.
My picking-hand thumbnail is pathetic -- chronic vertical splits down the middle -- but while I try to heal the split, my Rico "thumbnail" lets me play the way I want to without causing further damage to the natural nail, as any SuperGlue option will do. For me, Rico's product is an answered prayer. I had been building my own mutant thumbpicks out of ping pong-balls and commercial thumbpicks. Those work OK, but they still feel like a small refrigerator strapped to my hand. The Rico nails are like wearing nothing at all.
Doug spells everything out and provides links to get to Rico. It's a remarkably inexpensive solution. Buy Rico nails, and send Doug money. He is my hero.
"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream." - Frank Zappa
Thank you for this. This is just the thing I've been looking for. I've been using Alaska fingerpicks but I find them difficult to use since I barely have any nail to hold them in place.