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« on: January 31, 2013, 04:06:43 PM »

Hey yo, whoa! So i know all you pianists cut your fingernails. Do you trim your cuticles? I have a habit of cutting them really deep and sometimes to the point of where the finger tips or corners are raw and sensitive to touch and hurt! I have an audition in less than 2 days. It hurts to touch things right now! What can I do?


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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013, 04:35:28 PM »

Hey yo, whoa! So i know all you pianists cut your fingernails. Do you trim your cuticles?

Yes, with a special nipper for that purpose.

I have a habit of cutting them really deep and sometimes to the point of where the finger tips or corners are raw and sensitive to touch and hurt! I have an audition in less than 2 days. It hurts to touch things right now! What can I do?

Go to your local pharmacy, explain the problem, and let them recommend you the best cuticle oil/cream they have. This should at least releave some of the pain and speeds up the healing process. This oil/cream is usually also available in the nail care aisles of most department stores. Not very cheap though.
P.S.: If you've cut off the seal, then there is the risk of infection. Be more careful next time!

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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 04:43:30 PM »

It doesnt hurt as bad on other pianos, but playing on ivory with raw fingers is completely unbearable! Seriously Sad
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 04:48:33 PM »

It doesnt hurt as bad on other pianos, but playing on ivory with raw fingers is completely unbearable! Seriously Sad

You could try band-aids. I remember Alfred Brendel playing the piano with Elastoplast band-aids on his fingertips. He did it supposedly because of weak fingernails that tended to split or break, but I can imagine it may also help in your case.

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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013, 04:49:53 PM »

Ill go try that right now! Lol

Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 05:15:36 PM »

Hey yo, whoa! So i know all you pianists cut your fingernails. Do you trim your cuticles?
No, why do you do that? I used to bite my nails really bad as a kid and I can remember how painful it is. It used to help me to soak them in cold water. And then used plasters.
I do have to cut my nails really short, or I cannot play at all. And the more I play the harder they seem to get...
Before I started playing my nails didn't grow much, they were really soft and usually just wore/broke off. Now they are really hard and grow too long to play in just a week or so  Angry
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 05:36:30 PM »

Do you trim your cuticles?
No, why do you do that?

My wife does this for me (I just let her because I don't really care), but then she knows how to do this properly. She claims that uncared-for cuticles are "prone to hangnails and dryness". I hear it's part of the standard procedures in beauty parlors. I suspect, though, that it's generally better NOT to touch them at all.

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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 06:27:39 PM »

No, why do you do that?

My wife does this for me (I just let her because I don't really care), but then she knows how to do this properly. She claims that uncared-for cuticles are "prone to hangnails and dryness". I hear it's part of the standard procedures in beauty parlors. I suspect, though, that it's generally better NOT to touch them at all.


OK.... Here comes the shocking revelation:
I have never in my life been to a beauty parlor of any kind...I don't even go to a hairdresser anymore, I really hate those, my friend cuts my hair  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013, 06:32:08 PM »

OK.... Here comes the shocking revelation:
I have never in my life been to a beauty parlor of any kind...I don't even go to a hairdresser anymore, I really hate those, my friend cuts my hair  Grin

Good for you. I keep telling my wife she doesn't need it either, but she doesn't believe me. Poor wallet of mine... Grin

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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 07:01:59 PM »

The bandaid didnt work Sad it confused me!
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2013, 09:19:33 PM »

Wasn't he the Greek god of fingernail maintenance, just as Spectacles was the Greek god of vision?

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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2013, 12:15:31 AM »

Wasn't he the Greek god of fingernail maintenance, just as Spectacles was the Greek god of vision?

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Alistair

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On topic, my own nails grow so fast, and so strong, that my laziness means they are often waaay to long and quite lethal.
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2013, 01:12:22 AM »

ever have your nail get stuck between the keys? It happens! It hurts! Sad
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2013, 06:29:20 AM »

You could try band-aids.

Paul
1 cm 3M  porous paper adhesive is the best option i suppose.
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