Did you know that guitar players commonly paint their fingernails black? Yes, it’s as simple as that. Not very exciting at all. Well, in fact, the most important reason for painting fingernails black is that a guitar player’s nails will last much longer. In addition, it also affects the tone quality when playing guitar.
The second, and probably more important reason why guitarists regularly paint their fingernails black is that fingernail art has some therapeutic benefits. Articular deformation is often caused by physical stress or strain.
It can also be caused by lack of proper nutrition or too much exposure to chemicals. If you have unhealthy nails, your nails will look unnatural and will cause you problems such as nail fungus, dryness, cracking, and chipping. So, painting your nails black is a good way to look more “normal” (and healthy).
Why Do Guitarists Have Nails?
To answer this question I would say that nails are more or less like fingernails. They are hard, brittle and can break easily. Nails are generally painted white to make them more aesthetically appealing but they are not meant to be a substitute for forefinger nails.
Forefinger nails are long and tend to be more brittle than nails on the other hands. This is why I would say that the guitar player probably has the same nail strength as the bong player or whoever you are thinking of who does fingernail polish.
Guitarists who have painted nails also have black nails. These nails have often been dyed black for different reasons. Some people have had theirs blackened with a darker black nail polish while some get it bleached or even darkened to give it a different look.
Black nails also have a different texture to them than natural nails and are often seen in scenes like pictures of people with long straight black hair and nails.
So you ask; Why do guitarists have to wear nail polish when they can just have real nails? The answer is because playing guitar means that you are constantly painting your guitar with your own paint and cleaning your guitar with your own special kind of paint.
If you do not have to wear nail polish and you are a professional guitar player then you probably do not paint your guitar and clean your guitar very often at all.
Why Do Guitarists Wear Black Nail Polish?
Wearing black fingernail polish has been a trend that has been seen by both male and female guitarists over the years. This is due to the fact that fingernails have the tendency to turn black from everyday use, as well as from various foods and drinks.
Some guitarists will even go so far as to paint their nails black for a particular theme or mood. The fact of the matter is that guitarists should not only wear black fingernail polish, but they should also play black guitar music, whether it is from a CD or from an actual guitar lesson.
One of the major reasons why guitarists wear black fingernail polish is because it allows them to create a darker tone for their guitar playing. Since guitarists are also able to produce different sounds, it is important that they also add a darker sound to their guitar playing, in order to make their songs darker and edgier.
Wearing black fingernail polish is one way to accomplish this, as well as being able to create and maintain a dark tone throughout their guitar playing.
Another reason why guitarists choose black fingernail polish is to create a unique guitar look, which might be different than what others may be seeing them to achieve.
This unique look is created by painting the tips of the first and second, or second and third finger of the guitarist’s right hand with black fingernail polish.
Why Do Guys Paint Their Nails Black on One Hand and Have Them White on the Other?
Why do guys paint their nails black on one hand and then have them white the other? I don’t know the reasons, but believe it or not, guys really do this sometimes. Some guitar players like to have a white and black painted nail painted fingernail for when they are practicing or playing a solo.
I believe that this is because if you are a guitar player who likes to go fast, your nails will be a good way of showing the speed with which you can play. The other guys are using the “I am playing slowly” approach while playing to impress the other band members.
Why do girls paint their nails black as well? Well, I believe that it is due to the fact that men’s nails tend to be thicker than women’s and thus, hold paint better. Although, most girls have very thick fingers, I don’t know that many of them have thick enough nails to stand up to a long fingernail.
But, boys tend to use the thinner ones when they are trying to imitate guitar players. It is sort of a macho thing to do.
If you are a guitar player and you are asking yourself “Why do guys paint their nails black on one hand and have them white on the other hand?” try this experiment yourself. Make up your own game.
Play against a guitar player whose nails you are not allowed to touch (since you are painting your nails). Then, after the jam session, have each player play their nails as if they are playing without their hands.
Do Most Guitarists Paint Their Fingers Black?
Some guitarists just simply do not play with their fingernails. Why would a guitar player do that? Isn’t playing the guitar all about pushing the notes with your fingers while improvising?
Most guitarists, due to the fast action of the guitar, would paint their fingernails black in order to avoid scratches on the guitar strings. Yes, it’s that easy.
Not very exciting either. However, the real practical reason of painting guitar fingernails is simply that a guitarist’s nails would indeed last much longer if they were protected. It also may affect the tone quality when the guitar player is playing.
But if you do that, then you are just killing two birds with one stone. You are protecting your guitar strings from getting scratched and you are also protecting your finger joints from getting broken. It’s a win-win situation.
In fact, guitarists with thick black fingernails are often advised to get their fingernails painted black to prevent the build up of pitch cavities. This happens because the black color of the fingernail does not allow the pitch holes to open as easily as white does.
The fingernail build-up can eventually cause the guitar player’s fingers to become injured. So, go ahead and protect your guitar player identity by getting your fingernails colored black.
Why Do Guitar Players Paint Their Nails Black?
Why do guitar players put black nail polish on their fingernails and guitars? Many guitarists believe that it is to imitate the look and feel of a real guitar, which would be cool if it were true.
However, the truth of the matter is that the polish was created to hide the wiring and knobs of the guitar so that the guitar player could play without having to worry about those things. The polish itself is also made to mimic a guitar’s tone as well as the thickness and texture of a real guitar.
Many players like the fact that playing the guitar is more comfortable when they have clean fingernails. Since fingernails are where guitar strings are rubbed, it doesn’t make sense for a guitar player to do what some people do with their fingernails and polish them black.
It would make much more sense for a guitar player to not wash his fingernails and just use nail polish. As a side benefit to this though, the guitar player can play much better because his nails will look like he takes good care of his guitar.
Why do guitar players paint their nails black? Probably for the same reasons that they wear black socks – to blend in with their guitar, maybe? Or maybe they just like the way that it looks and it is part of their image as a guitar player. Whatever the reason is, guitar players who do this are definitely making themselves at home among their fellow guitar players.