i don't like fingernails.

they get in the way of other techniques.

they are a crutch.

i become reliant on it.

they may break.

they are hard to maintain.

i like feeling the flesh of my fingers up against the string.

i like the string up against my flesh.

feels more organic.

feels more connection.

a more plush sound.

softer attack.

and i can do other techniques like tapping.

or harmonics.

they also toughen the skin.

builds callous.

nails remind me of batteries.

or of any other disposable external part of a system.

i hate that.

i want everything to be of an integrated, long term system.

to treat all elements as primordial.

not disposable.

it is also safer to have no nails.