Recently, I have seen quite a few videos on YouTube of live harp performances–or just clips of your average Jane Doe playing at home–and the harpists were wearing nail polish.
I tried a clear polish a couple of times, and it thickened my nails enough to increase buzzing. It is visually distracting on stage to have any color on. The worst is bright red, especially on pointy nails. I thought it was a point of pride for harpists not to wear nail polish, to be unusual.
Occasionally players of other plucked string instruments, such as the guitar, will use colorless nail polish to strengthen their nails, but then they use their nails in playing, which isn’t the case for most harpists, except for players of ancient Celtic and Central or South American harps. Saul is right, colored nails look distracting.
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