View Full Version : Fingernails?

05-17-2008, 09:11 PM
I have been playing guitar everyday for the past four years and i thought i might like to take classical guitar in college this fall. I have never even tried to grow my nails out and i have no idea where to start. I tried looking all over youtube and all the videos are saying diffrent things like shape your nail at a 45 degree angle, "guitar pick" shaped, and rounded off. I looked all over the forums and found nothing; can someone one give me a link or a picture or anything on what im supposed to do? I would really like to hear some insight from someone who really knows what they are talking about.

05-17-2008, 09:17 PM
Well, I fingerpick my acoustic, but I just use the finger, as I like the duller sound.

A friend of mine plays pretty much only w/ his fingers, including on electric w/ his metal band, and his nails are just kind of long. Not cut weird or anything.

05-17-2008, 11:52 PM
Yeah I don't let my nails grow long so when I fingerpick I really just use the tips of my fingers rather than my fingernails. Plus I never got used to using my nails anyways because they always ended up getting caught.

05-18-2008, 12:38 AM
Speaking as a girl, I really don't see what the big mystery is about growing your nails out. The shape is just a matter of personal preference. I used to grow my nails when I played classical, no special shape just rounded the same as when they were short. My teacher had his filed into rounded points like picks. I didn't want to do that because I didn't like the way they looked, like freaky vampire lady nails. But if you're a guy and you do that, people will just assume you play guitar so it's all good.

05-18-2008, 04:34 AM
Everyone has different fingers and need different shapes of the nails. The only way to find your own shapes are by experimenting. It is good to start out with a nail that follows the contour of the finger and from there file it at different angles. The thing you want is to get a good tone that suits classical playing. Listen to a lot of "world-guitarists" for example john williams, Göran Söllscher, Pepe Romero, Xuefei Yang,

Also, the nail shape must give your fingers the possibility to play without any nail-noise. for example in this video, Zakk plays with a poor technique and nails which arent really cooperating = alot of nail noise

Look and listen through these two videos, They seemed helpful

Here is the correct movement of the right-hand fingers

Ask me if there is anything youre uncertain of.

05-18-2008, 04:29 PM
but they shouldn't be too long

05-18-2008, 09:45 PM
Thanks fr the links they were a big help! I just realized someone posted a how-to on the columns on this website, but there were no pics.

05-18-2008, 11:21 PM
my guitar teacher does and in like 3 of my lessons in the past year some broke.

05-21-2008, 10:26 AM
Ok i just realized im gonna either need some ping pong balls, Jello, or some press on nails cause mine are way too flimsy.