#1
Hey guys

I have grown my nails to fingerpick on my steel string guitar but sometimes my nails scrape the string as I play. Is this normal? Do I need to alter the angle of which I pick?

Thanks
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#2
Perhaps you've grown your nails a little bit too long. In my experience, your nails should be JUST coming over your fingertip to pick with otherwise they're going to hook onto the strings - then again I'm an OCD nail chewer and have only grown my nails once or twice for this purpose, but I just play with my fingertips and I'm happy with that.

Uhm..pics?
#3
File your nails down a little. What shape are your nails? I do mine angled like this

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#4
mine are like the first image but a bit longer, I will try and shorten/shape them, thanks guys
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#5
As Mushroom says. Best results by keeping your nails the same way classical players do, just long enough so you get a combination of nail and flesh breaking across the string.
#6
^ Exactly. You're not looking for a pointy tip to pluck with, but a wide flat area to support the fingertip.
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