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Guzheng Pick Sleeves 古箏指甲套

Guzheng Pick Sleeves 古箏指甲套

Many Guzheng players probably think one of the most troublesome things is to change Guzheng tape on a regular basis. After some uses, a piece of Guzheng tape loses its adhesiveness and needs to be replaced. Also, every time when we play Guzheng, we need time to wrap the tape and picks around our fingers. Sometimes when we suddenly really want to play Guzheng, we probably don’t have much patience to replace our old tape.

In recent years, I have seen something new on Taobao – Guzheng pick sleeves. These sleeves allow Guzheng players to use their picks without the need of tape.  Players can insert their picks to the sleeves and then put the sleeves on their fingers. Voila! They seemed so convenient. I actually bought a set to give a try.

After using them a few times, my impression was that they were very convenient, but they were very uncomfortable. Since my fingers are quite big and I normally wear large-sized picks, the sleeves that I ordered were also in large size. Each time after using them for 10 to 20 minutes, I felt that the sleeves were so tight around my fingers. My finger blood circulation began to slow down. After a while, my thumbs felt slightly numb. I had to remove the sleeves. This problem happened every time. Eventually I decided not to use them anymore.

My opinion is that if a person wants to buy this kind of Guzheng sleeves, it is better to think about whether he/she has big fingers. My thumb and middle fingers had the biggest problems compared to my other fingers. Also, it is important to consider the angle of the thumb sleeves. Usually when we place our thumb pick onto a piece of Guzheng tape, the angle is slightly tilted. This ensures that the pick can easily touch a string perpendicularly to reduce producing any unnecessary noise. However, the Guzheng sleeves that I bought were designed to have a pick inserted upright (not tilted). So, when I plucked a string with my thumb using a sleeve, I usually could hear more unnecessary noise unless if I made a larger angle to adjust my finger direction.

This kind of sleeves is not necessarily a bad product. There are buyers who like them. In fact, I bought three sets (big, medium and small) of sleeves for my four-year-old daughter. It is easy for her because she can put on the sleeves on her fingers on her own – I like that when she can learn to be independent. Without much patience, she has fun playing with Guzheng immediately.

彈古箏的朋友,可能感到最麻煩的是要換膠布。膠布經使用多次後,失去黏力,便要更換。而且每次彈古箏時都要花一點時間把膠布和古箏指甲纏到自己的手指上。有時突然想彈箏,真的想可以免去用膠布的麻煩。近年來在淘寶上看到了一樣新東西,就是古箏指甲套。這些指甲套,免了使用膠布,把古箏指甲直接插在套上,便可即時使用。我之前看到這玩兒,感到好像很方便,所以買了一套大號指套試用。

拿了回來,用了數次,我的用後感是:很方便,不過很不舒服!我的手指比較粗大,要使用大號古箏指甲。用了10、20 分鐘後,感到那膠套包得很緊,血液循環開始慢了,再過一會兒,拇指有點麻痺,便頂不住要脫下指套了。之後每次都有這個問題,後來便沒用了。我個人認為,買這種指套,先要考慮自己的手指是否粗大或是幼小,粗大的有可能會出現類似的問題,就是太窄了。我的拇指和中指問題最大,其他手指則沒有此問題。其次要考慮拇指的角度。一般我們的拇指帶古箏指甲時,都會略為偏一面,有利於正面觸弦,減少雜音。一般指甲套的設計不容許把指甲偏移,所以指甲插在指甲套上的位置和角度是不能改變的。因此,我撥弦時經常有雜音,或是要特意的作一定覆度的調整。

我不能說這種指甲套是失敗之作。在淘寶上不難找到有買家十分喜歡這種指甲套。其實我之後再買了三套(大、中、小號),是給我四歲的女兒,免去每次要我幫她黏膠布的麻煩,她也玩古箏玩得有趣。

古箏指甲套
古箏指甲套