Broken nails

Posted by: TheIshter

Broken nails - 01/05/08 07:07 PM

Wonderful forum! I believe that it's my second time posting here. I know a lot of you like to debate (I'm horrible at it), but I'll try to join in sometime.

Anyway, I've been playing for 5 years and currently finishing a short version of Don Juan Paraphrase. There's a problem though. When I practice performing the piece, I think that I may be hitting the keys too hard (although I keep my musicality by not 'banging', I just want to put my expression into the loud parts). My right thumb had bled in the past practicing Don Juan, and now, both of my pointer fingers are the same. It just occurred today while I was practicing.

Yeah, I eat my veggies too.

Thanks guys. Can I introduce myself here too?

*Random deep voice: "Yes"* (Don't read on if you don't want to know my experience on the piano. I'll keep it short and to the point though)

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Hay guise. I'm a teenager pianist who have been playing for 4 2/3 years (going to be 5 in April) and started April 2003. I'm currently self-studying for the past 3 2/3 years and had lessons on the first year. I improvise and learn Classical pieces, though still working on that. The pianist I look up to is Lang Lang (it's kinda obvious when you watch my videos. Also: in b4 hate remarks). Inspires me to play the piano and I'm sure the young piano players in China too.

I have a Roland HP-207. Wonderful piano sound and feel, but I just wished that the key length were longer for a more smooth and precise control.

Here's some of my work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb7Lwn6vHEY

I moderate a piano forum, but I hope to post here once in a while. I have an idea for another thread too, so I'll post that as well later.

Thanks for reading guys. I hope you people are kind to newcomers because I'm... sensitive. *cries*

Lawl just kidding.
Posted by: blacvi

Re: Broken nails - 01/05/08 07:21 PM

Welcome to the forums, although I haven't been around too long myself. I gotta ask though, exactly how are you playing that you BLEED from it? If you're getting broken nails, is it because they're too long?
Posted by: TheIshter

Re: Broken nails - 01/05/08 07:26 PM

Actually, I always keep my nails short. The part of the nail where the skin is attached to it is 'bending'. It's more of getting cracked than broken.
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: Broken nails - 01/05/08 07:27 PM

I keep mine cut very, very short since they break otherwise, especially as my middle finger is unusually long and often grazes the fallboard. I think this is just part of being a pianist. If your nails are of a lenght to be damaged by playing they're too long.
Posted by: gabytu

Re: Broken nails - 01/05/08 07:32 PM

Rule # l, is very very short nails. I learned this when one of my nails got caught between the keys. Ouch. Didn't bleed, but was enough of a reminder to keep them short. Gaby Tu
Posted by: TheIshter

Re: Broken nails - 01/05/08 07:32 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by -Frycek:
I keep mine cut very, very short since they break otherwise, especially as my middle finger is unusually long and often grazes the fallboard. I think this is just part of being a pianist. If your nails are of a lenght to be damaged by playing they're too long. [/b]
My nails are very very short. I just cut them 2 days ago. And since it's short, the part of the nail that cracks is over the raw skin so it bleeds. What I do is I let them grow an cut it again to cut away the bent and cracked part.
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: Broken nails - 01/05/08 08:09 PM

How long have you been playing? Have you drastically increased you practice time recently? Your fingers should toughen up in time. That part of my fingers is hard as a rock now. Are your nails cracking without actually making contact with the keys? Are you getting horizontal or vertical cracks? If they're cracking without actual trauma you may have some sort of deficiency. There's also Sally Hansen "Hard as Nails Formula" -a colorless polish undercoat that is supposed to help prevent cracking and splitting.
Posted by: TheIshter

Re: Broken nails - 01/05/08 08:22 PM

I've been playing for 5 years, 4 hours a day because it's vacation, and I'm getting the small horizontal part of the nail bent downwards. I've been banging my digital really hard because of the FFF on the sheet music.

I've actually wondered about that actually. Since they have cracked before, I expected them to be stronger and adapt to my playing.

Thanks for the advice and feedback. I'll look up the polish.
Posted by: tomasino

Re: Broken nails - 01/05/08 10:56 PM

I've never bled, but sometimes my thumb gets sore where it makes contact with the keys and pushes the skin against the side of the nail. It is only an issue when the humidity is very low, as it is now in the middle of winter.

So, is there enough humidity in your living space? If not, think about getting a humidifier. Also hand creams help, like Nutragena hand cream.

Tomasino