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#504934 - 03/17/07 06:23 PM Painting my nails
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Is it an unspoken rule that pianists should not paint their nails? I haven't ever actually heard someone say that it is a bad thing to do, I just noticed that it's a thing serious pianists just DON'T do. Why is that? If I keep my nails short and trimmed, but paint them, what would be a problem with that?
I sort of got the hint that I shouldn't paint my nails, so I don't.
It is too distracting?

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#504935 - 03/17/07 07:23 PM Re: Painting my nails
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It would probably just chip off so fast it wouldn't be worth the trouble.
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#504936 - 03/17/07 10:39 PM Re: Painting my nails
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Long nails go with painted nails. Short nails don't. It's probably more difficult to play well with long nails. So there is a practical reason behind "the hint" that you shouldn't paint your nails.

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#504937 - 03/17/07 10:55 PM Re: Painting my nails
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I just don't like painted nails... ;\)
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#504938 - 03/18/07 01:23 AM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by Clara Schumann:
If I keep my nails short and trimmed, but paint them, what would be a problem with that?[/b]
It would look funny?
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#504939 - 03/18/07 05:21 AM Re: Painting my nails
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ClaraS,

I have one possible solution: if you feel the absolute need for ungual self-expression, then just paint your toe-nails and play only in sandals from now on. But please keep in mind that even this would have to change if you took up playing the organ. \:\)

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#504940 - 03/18/07 11:50 AM Re: Painting my nails
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i love painting my nails for special occasions. Bright red on short nails look awesome.. it only lasts thru the playing and is hard to remove but i love how the twinkles of color trip along thru the black and white keys.
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#504941 - 03/18/07 12:05 PM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by apple*:
i love painting my nails for special occasions. Bright red on short nails look awesome.. it only lasts thru the playing and is hard to remove but i love how the twinkles of color trip along thru the black and white keys. [/b]
How about painting your nails white and black? W B W B W W B W B W ? You can even devise a new system of color-coordinated fingering; white nailed fingers on white keys only, black nailed fingers on black keys only, then paint them the opposite colors the next time you did your nails?

\:\)
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#504942 - 03/18/07 12:15 PM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by virtuosic1

How about painting your nails white and black? [/b]
this would be piano camouflage ...
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#504943 - 03/18/07 12:45 PM Re: Painting my nails
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that's a cute idea
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#504944 - 03/18/07 01:52 PM Re: Painting my nails
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Euphonatrix:
 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1

How about painting your nails white and black? [/b]
this would be piano camouflage ... [/b]
Almost. Painting her fingers black and white and her hands, wrists, and forearms the color of the piano would be camoflague. \:D

However, on a positive and practical note, if she did do that, she could still paint her nails her favorite shade of ruby red. ;\)

Regardless of the program, I would go to her concert just to see that.
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#504945 - 03/18/07 05:02 PM Re: Painting my nails
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 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Euphonatrix:
 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1

How about painting your nails white and black? [/b]
this would be piano camouflage ... [/b]
Almost. Painting her fingers black and white and her hands, wrists, and forearms the color of the piano would be camoflague. \:D

However, on a positive and practical note, if she did do that, she could still paint her nails her favorite shade of ruby red. ;\)

Regardless of the program, I would go to her concert just to see that. [/b]
Um no thanks, virtuosic1. I'd rather not paint my arms or wrists. If you do it at your next performance, I will. heh heh ;\)

I do think red nails are the best though. They look so beautiful against the black and white! \:D

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#504946 - 03/18/07 07:25 PM Re: Painting my nails
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Clara Schumann:
 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Euphonatrix:
quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1

How about painting your nails white and black? [/b]
this would be piano camouflage ... [/b]
Almost. Painting her fingers black and white and her hands, wrists, and forearms the color of the piano would be camoflague. \:D

However, on a positive and practical note, if she did do that, she could still paint her nails her favorite shade of ruby red. ;\)

Regardless of the program, I would go to her concert just to see that. [/b]
Um no thanks, virtuosic1. I'd rather not paint my arms or wrists. If you do it at your next performance, I will. heh heh ;\)

I do think red nails are the best though. They look so beautiful against the black and white! \:D

I'm a sucker for red nails. Can you please post a picture of your hands on the keyboard to not only give us a better idea of what we're talking about here, but also for pianistic inspiration?

You may start an entire new trend and have everybody painting their nails on this Forum, both women and men. \:D

I know loads of pianists that would paint thier nails red with purple polka dots if it made them a better musician in the process. ;\)
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#504947 - 03/18/07 07:29 PM Re: Painting my nails
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I'd take a pic of my hands right now, if they didn't have cat scratches on them. :p

So you want my nails to be painted in the photo?

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#504948 - 03/18/07 08:12 PM Re: Painting my nails
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Clara Schumann:
I'd take a pic of my hands right now, if they didn't have cat scratches on them. :p

So you want my nails to be painted in the photo? [/b]
But of course. That's the whole point. We need to see exhibit A, the painted nails, if we're going to render a responsible verdict. We'll make careful note of the exact placement and patterns of the cat scratches, to positively identify the hands as yours for future reference.
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#504949 - 03/18/07 09:13 PM Re: Painting my nails
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 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Clara Schumann:
I'd take a pic of my hands right now, if they didn't have cat scratches on them. :p

So you want my nails to be painted in the photo? [/b]
But of course. That's the whole point. We need to see exhibit A, the painted nails, if we're going to render a responsible verdict. We'll make careful note of the exact placement and patterns of the cat scratches, to positively identify the hands as yours for future reference. [/b]
So you'll tell me if my hands are nice enough to paint my nails, hmmm?
I think they are. *haughty sniff* :p

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#504950 - 03/18/07 09:23 PM Re: Painting my nails
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Clara Schumann:
 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Clara Schumann:
I'd take a pic of my hands right now, if they didn't have cat scratches on them. :p

So you want my nails to be painted in the photo? [/b]
But of course. That's the whole point. We need to see exhibit A, the painted nails, if we're going to render a responsible verdict. We'll make careful note of the exact placement and patterns of the cat scratches, to positively identify the hands as yours for future reference. [/b]
So you'll tell me if my hands are nice enough to paint my nails, hmmm?
I think they are. *haughty sniff* :p [/b]
You just post a photo, and we'll boost up your self-esteem.

That gives me an idea.
Maybe we should all post our hands in action. At the next recital, instead of showing names, we show hands, and let everyone guess!

brojek.
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#504951 - 03/18/07 09:57 PM Re: Painting my nails
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I stopped painting my nails when the lovely polish left streaks on my fallboard. I certainly didn't intend to flick against the fallboard but there they were in all their pink glory. There they still sit several years because I'm too chicken to use forceful rubbing to try and remove the polish streaks. If I must use polish now, I use clear.
/IS
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#504952 - 03/19/07 12:40 AM Re: Painting my nails
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I totally paint my nails all the time. Trim em' and paint them. They look so pretty against the ivory keys!

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#504953 - 03/19/07 06:47 AM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by IvorySpeaks:
[QB] I stopped painting my nails when the lovely polish left streaks on my fallboard.
Get rid of the fallboard, thereby eliminating the polish streaks and eliminating any residual build-up of tension in your hands when using repeated elbow/wrist rotation in pieces that have large leaps.
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#504954 - 03/19/07 10:26 AM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by virtuosic1:
You may start an entire new trend and have everybody painting their nails on this Forum, both women and men. \:D
Don't hold your breath... \:\)
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#504955 - 03/19/07 10:36 AM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by argerichfan:
 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
You may start an entire new trend and have everybody painting their nails on this Forum, both women and men. \:D
Don't hold your breath... \:\) [/b]
What if playing with brightly hued, crimson nails enabled you to play like the wind, as if the Angel of blessed acceleration was sitting beside you, blowing across the keyboard as you played?
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#504956 - 03/19/07 10:48 AM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by virtuosic1:
What if playing with brightly hued, crimson nails enabled you to play like the wind, as if the Angel of blessed acceleration was sitting beside you, blowing across the keyboard as you played?
Blimey, count me in then... \:D
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#504957 - 03/19/07 11:03 AM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by argerichfan:
 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
What if playing with brightly hued, crimson nails enabled you to play like the wind, as if the Angel of blessed acceleration was sitting beside you, blowing across the keyboard as you played?
Blimey, count me in then... \:D [/b]
Allrighty then. ;\) Maybe Clara's on to something here. Could start a new trend. The power of suggestion and all. Mass hypnosis. You'll be able to identify pianists on the street by their bright crimson nails.
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#504958 - 03/19/07 11:06 AM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by virtuosic1:
Allrighty then. ;\) Maybe Clara's on to something here. Could start a new trend. The power of suggestion and all. Mass hypnosis. You'll be able to identify pianists on the street by their bright crimson nails. [/b]
Then it will be easier to round them up and get them in the camps. \:D
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#504959 - 03/19/07 11:13 AM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by SilentKoala:
 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
Allrighty then. ;\) Maybe Clara's on to something here. Could start a new trend. The power of suggestion and all. Mass hypnosis. You'll be able to identify pianists on the street by their bright crimson nails. [/b]
Then it will be easier to round them up and get them in the camps. \:D [/b]
along with the innocent hookers mistakenly rounded up in the sweep. Sometimes the innocent must be sacrificed to punish the guilty. \:D
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#504960 - 03/19/07 01:28 PM Re: Painting my nails
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 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
 Quote:
Originally posted by SilentKoala:
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Originally posted by virtuosic1:
Allrighty then. ;\) Maybe Clara's on to something here. Could start a new trend. The power of suggestion and all. Mass hypnosis. You'll be able to identify pianists on the street by their bright crimson nails. [/b]
Then it will be easier to round them up and get them in the camps. \:D [/b]
along with the innocent hookers mistakenly rounded up in the sweep. Sometimes the innocent must be sacrificed to punish the guilty. \:D [/b]
You are silly. \:\)
I don't think many guys would paint their nails.

But now I don't feel as badly about painting my nails glorious, beautiful red! Yay! \:D

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#504961 - 03/19/07 01:31 PM Re: Painting my nails
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 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
along with the innocent hookers mistakenly rounded up in the sweep. Sometimes the innocent must be sacrificed to punish the guilty. \:D [/b]

"innocent hookers"? I beg to differ.

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#504962 - 03/19/07 04:48 PM Re: Painting my nails
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Originally posted by Clara Schumann:
 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
along with the innocent hookers mistakenly rounded up in the sweep. Sometimes the innocent must be sacrificed to punish the guilty. \:D [/b]

"innocent hookers"? I beg to differ. [/b]
Hold on there, Clara. Enough talk about curb-crawlers. Let's get back to the subject at hand. Your red nails. Are we ever going to see a picture of those hands, nails ablaze in glorious red, fingers flailing away, sensually tickling the sweet spots of those lucky ivories?
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#504963 - 03/20/07 04:04 AM Re: Painting my nails
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lol, virtuosic1, check your PM's!
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