For all guitarists nails are a constant source of trouble. Whilst I get by with a small manicure set, Robin has a bag full of various pieces of equipment that are needed for maintenance and emergency repairs.
Whilst performing the other day the nail on the third finger of his right hand flew off. He had to stop playing and luckily found the piece easily and managed to reattach the offending part with the aid of nail glue and silk. He got through the rest of the concert without any further trouble.
However, a few days later, a simple carrier bag got the better of the repair, and after unloading some shopping he realised the nail had gone.
Their was no hope this time of finding the missing piece. The family have long since learnt when to keep out of the way!
Some time later he emerged from the music room with his new, shaped nail, constructed out of layers of silk and glue. It sounded great and the trauma was over.
It's not surprising that DIY is not a strong point for most musicians.
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman