#1
I was told that growing out your fingernails on one hand helps your fingerpicking (for classical nylon stuff). Is this true?
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#2
Its sort of true. Many classical players grow their finger nails of thier picking hand out because when the nail is used to pick the string it gives a different tone than the finger does. Many prefer this tone over that of "not having nails". I consider it an opinion thing, and if you're thinking about getting into classical, try it!

I have my middle and ring finger nail long for my style of rock n' roll, why would i only use one pick if i can have three at once? I leave the index nail short for tapping, and becuase it is annoying because there is a large risk of breaking that nail due to using that finger so much.

edit: I also have them long because I do play lots of finger style music, and lots of classical stuff too
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#3
If you're a classical player it's essential, some things need nails to get the sound. Orthodox, proper classical players need nails.
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#4
I play bass (which needs minimal nail) and classical and electric with tapping etc. I have a small amount of nail (about 5mm) on each and a about 1cm of nail on the thumb. I actually find too much nail restrictive for classical (but the tone is better)
#5
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I play bass (which needs minimal nail) and classical and electric with tapping etc. I have a small amount of nail (about 5mm) on each and a about 1cm of nail on the thumb. I actually find too much nail restrictive for classical (but the tone is better)

1 cm is really long...

And yes, to play classical music properly you need nails. It will be louder, more crisp, and easier to play.
#6
I manage to keep my nails about 4mm long for classical and fingerstyle folk/country.

1 cm does seem really, really long.