Fingerstyle nylon string acoustic
Plucking the string with the nail provides a clear and sharp attack to the notes, much like a plectrum, and this sound is especially effective for notes played on the bottom three strings. Long nails also help with fingerstyle precision. When it comes to getting a good nylon-string guitar sound, the old cliché ‘it’s all in the fingers’ has never been truer. Make sure your fingernails have smooth edges, with the aid of a nail file, emery board or buffer. You also need to decide where to pluck the string: nearer the sound hole will provide a mellow tone whereas picking near the bridge will sound brighter. Take your time working through the transcription. I have labelled the fretting hand fingerings (1 to 4) and the finger style patterns (pima) and referenced these fingerings to a video of EC playing the tune for authenticity. It is well worth examining Eric’s fingerings and fingerstyle patterns as they offer many economic solutions.