#2
It's not necessary to grow your nails longer for these styles. Classical guitarists almost universally now keep the nails just long enough to contact the string as you pluck through.
A combination of flesh and nail produces the best tone.
That's how I keep mine, and I'm a steel-string player. Works well and doesn't interfere with using a pick in any way.
#3
Ima steal TS's thread.
Does growing your nails on the right hand make using a pick awkward?
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#4
In my experience Flamenco is more easily played with shorter fingernails than Classical. It does depend on the technique you're using, mainly for picado runs, but I preferred them less than a quarter of a millimeter past the tips of my fingers. For Classical, about 1 mm past fingertips suits me well, and rolling the strings off between nails and fingers produces a phenomenal tone when done right.

And no, I never had trouble with picks. Except that they sound like crap, I wouldn't advice 8-finger tapping though. Stick to a pick for right-handed tapping. It's doable with fingers, but without utmost care you'll ruin the nails.
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#5
My degree is in classical guitar. I have my nails a little longer, by the sounds of things than the other posters so far. But yes, a little bit of flesh and mostly nail gets what is considered by most as the most ideal sound. You don't need to have them *that* long.

That said... I beat the crap out of my nails on a regular basis. I have no issues with alternate picking using a pick, but sometimes I'll break a nail tapping.

The worst, though, is that I tend to hold my pick right up close to the tip (I like pick squeals... haha), so whether I'm playing electric or steel string guitar, I have a tendency to grind my nails down as they rub against the strings.

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