Us­ing your nails

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Classical -

Clas­si­cal gui­tarists pluck the strings us­ing the fin­ger­nails. These need to be kept short­ish -1-2mm above the fin­ger­tip - and shaped cor­rectly, so that they cre­ate a good pluck­ing ac­tion and the best pos­si­ble tone. Ev­ery se­ri­ous player keeps a va­ri­ety of nail files and buf­fers – a big favourite is very fine wet and dry sand­ing pa­per. This is used to smooth off the edges of the nails and keep them buffed to a fine pol­ish. The bet­ter the nails, the bet­ter the tone!

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