Poll: Sand/file your nails?
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View poll results: Sand/file your nails?
Yep, I play class guitar
7 39%
Yeah, I just like it
2 11%
No, don't like it/doesn't help me
5 28%
gaaaaaayyyyy
4 22%
Voters: 18.
#1
It's generally a classical thing to file the nails on your picking hand (I use rough sandpaper to shape, then 600 grit for godlike smoothness), but I've found that it helps loads with fingerpicking in any style.

I myself am a jazz major, but I play a bunch of rockabilly, and I love the snap I can get out of the strings. Anybody else use this for their nails?

If so, how often do you have to explain to employers, colleagues, friends, etc. why you have "chick nails?"
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#2
I use 1200 grid or more even, actually, I polish rather than sand them as it won't sound as scratchy on nylon strings. I'm also 6'3'' and broad as a door, noone asks me about no chick nails.
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#3
Totally, I'm a good half a foot or so shorter, but long nails don't transcend masculinity to some folks, I guess. I've been using 600 just because it's what's in the garage, and I'm out of the higher grit.
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#4
i just bite mine...
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#5
I find using a matchbox (not the part you use to strike the match!) to put the final polish on shaped nails works a dream.

As for the questions about my masculinity.... meh.
#6
I should probably clarify, I'm not making a masculinity question, strike that completely. I meant getting asked about the nails or a compulsion to explain after and handshake and they give you a look because they have no idea about it
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#7
I just clip mine on a regular basis.

And why is the in Guitar Techniques instead of The Pit?
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#9
Because it's technique-related.
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