#1
so as the title reads, whats the optimal fingernail length for playing classical guitar?
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#3
anyone else?
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#4
Currently I lack nails, inspired by the flamencos, but I found this, his nails are the length I used to have em.
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Of course, these aren't the only length. I believe Dreadnought has slightly shorter ones. This is just to give those who are curious a general idea though.


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#5
I keep mine at 1mm past the tip of the flesh on my finger (not where the nail meets the finger; the furthest possible point of the curve of the tip of the finger---holy crap I had too much wine).

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#6
^ Yeah the same.

so when you look at them when your palm faces you you can just see the tips of the nail over your fingers. I grow the thumb nail a bit longer than the others.

Dont get them to long or they will break, file them down every few days... I have to...
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#7
Long fingernails is one thing I can't get used to. Just freaks me out. If they're only mm or so then thats fine, but I think its plain weird when people really grow them.

I don't have any white bits on the tips of mine. Really really short.

Edit: Confusius - Nails that long on a guy would freak me the hell out.
#8
My nails are completely pink with no white edges, I keep them as short as possible on both hands. It just feels weird otherwise. And I'm a gal.
#9
I believe that this thread is for classical players in regards to technique and tone. Not fashion sense. If you don't have something to contribute specifically to this subject, don't say anything at all.
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#10
I meant it feels weird to play the guitar with long fingernails, I wasn't just speaking generally. Some people say it helps with the picking but it makes me ginger and nervous. That's why I keep my nails as short as possible; even a little bit will hinder my playing. Especially on the fretting hand of course.

I just added that I was a gal cause most people think it's strange how short I keep my fingernails, considering the fact.
#11
Are you playing on nylon strings? If not, then of course it feels strange. If you're playing classical with shortened nails, then you aren't achieving the correct tone.

I find it strange that no one has included shaping as part of the length issue. I never cut them to an oval, but rather keep them pointed slightly lop-sided to the right of the nail, but I also round it off at the rightmost corner.
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#12
My nails are a couple of milimeters passed the tip of my finger and they work well...
#13
ugh i tried clipping my fingernails and i cut them too short =( now some of them are where i want them to be and some are short haha
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#14
Filing is best to maintain length, in my opinion.
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Are you playing on nylon strings? If not, then of course it feels strange. If you're playing classical with shortened nails, then you aren't achieving the correct tone.

I find it strange that no one has included shaping as part of the length issue. I never cut them to an oval, but rather keep them pointed slightly lop-sided to the right of the nail, but I also round it off at the rightmost corner.


Well the shaping depends HUGELY on the curvature of the nail. I for instance have a very flat I finger, and it actually curves downwards in the middle. I file the bottome of the nail to compensate for the downward curve, and then I give the whole nail a slight curve when viewed from above.

On the other hand (not literally), my A has a very pronounced curve, so I make it rather flat when viewed from above.

Mine are very similar to those in nigthwinds post, though perhaps about a millimeter shorter.
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#17
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Filing is best to maintain length, in my opinion.


Indeed. Clipping the nails weakens them.

I use a standard file to get them to the desired length and shape, and then I use 2000 grit car buffer sandpaper to really gloss them down -- they then produce quite the beautiful tone!
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#18
on shaping, I used to file down the left side of the nail. Left being the side closer to the string, for some reason it just felt the most comfortable for my style of playing. It also gave me a very nice tone. But now I'm a no nails FTW sort of person. I will probably grow them when I get my classes in the conservatory though.
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on shaping, I used to file down the left side of the nail. Left being the side closer to the string, for some reason it just felt the most comfortable for my style of playing. It also gave me a very nice tone. But now I'm a no nails FTW sort of person. I will probably grow them when I get my classes in the conservatory though.

yeah i noticed that on my ring finger when im picking say like a A M I A M I type thing that the a scrapes against the string cause the edge of it is kind of pointy and it makes an annoying sound especially on the bottom three strings... but imt hinking about just cutting my nails all the way again since i screwed them up lol... then just letting them grow
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#21
About how long does it take to grow your nails out to the proper legnth? Until Then, is there a temporary solution?
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#22
psh idk maybe a month starting from if i cut them to the very shortest...
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#23
^well mine grow real fast and i have to file them every few days (luckily i have quite thick nails) so maybe 2-3 weeks if they aren't bitten right down or something.
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