Wearing the Guzheng nails (aka: picks) is important when playing Guzheng. It will directly affect the quality of sound. When wearing the nails correctly, one may feel easier to pluck. In addition, the sound is likely to be better, clear and crisper. My first Guzheng teacher taught me this approach: 1) put a nail towards the end of a piece of tape, but leaving some space (approx. 1 – 1.5cm); 2) put a finger on the nail; 3) stick the short side to my real fingernail; 4) start rolling the long side and wrapping it around my finger.
To me, the biggest advantage of this method is that it is easy to put on the nail. I guess that’s why many teachers advocate this method. However, after using it for a period of time, I find that when playing certain Guzheng techniques, such as Yao Zhi, the nail can move quite easily. The movement is not what I want. In my next post, I will share what my current teach taught me – a method that I find way better than this traditional method.