Every once in a while, I like to point out some old posts to newer readers. This is one of those posts.
Fingernails. Probably one of the hardest things to cover in text and offer advice about. Everyone has different nails, and different nail shaping needs.
The Wisdom of (Guitar) Crowds
One the most valuable fingernail resources on the Classical Guitar Blog is the Guitar Fingernail Open Thread. Several commenters have left advice about dealing with thing nails or awkward nail shapes.
If you have some thoughts or advice, please leave it in the comments to help the next person out!
Fingernail Basics covers some common terminology and offers some advice about the basics:
- Fingernail length
- Shape and buffing
- String contact and release points on the nail
- What nail files to use
Looking for a great fingernail tool? Try out these Micro Mesh Pads.
Do Guitarists Need Nails?
Classical Guitar and Fingernails answers that question and others about how long nails need to be. The verdict? You probably not need nails, but they help.
When to Do Nail Care
Take care of your nails before the practice day. That way there is no weird adjustment period mid-day.
Video Lesson: Nail Shaping and Buffing
This video talks about how to shape and buff your fingernails.
Talking about nails in text is a bit confusing, so this video should help a few of you out.