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Learn how to play the wire-strung harp with this instructional video tutorial - Taking Care of Your Finger Nails
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The best advice I can give you as far as breaking a nail is not to. Wire harpers, we tend to be very careful about the things we do. Picking up heavy wet laundry, be careful, take a little bit at a time. When you reach to open a file cabinet, assume it is locked. When you reach to open a car door, assume it is locked. When I travel, I wear gloves, just nice gloves, so that I ‘m little less likely to catch my nails on things to break them. We also, you can use creams, lotions, there are all kinds of products on the market for strengthening your nail. You want moisturizer, violinist sometimes will help. What you don’t want to do is nail polish, and also avoid the fake nails, I don’t even know what they are called, because I don’t use them. You want to avoid using fake nails. There is a product that is related to super glue and I have been known to use it to glue a broken nail, either back on or to mend a tear. You can do that, but the best advice really is to just be careful and don’t break your nails. If you’re starting out from scratch and you don’t have nails, some options that are available to you are picks. There are banjo picks, I think they are called Alaska picks. There are Sitar picks that you can use, you can play without nails, people do, and honestly my nails are about as long as you want let them get. This is long, you can get just above, just enough nail to get over the string and that’s really all you need to play.