Using yoUr nails
The picking hand fingernails for the classical guitarist are super important in order to create a good tone that will be consistent and will project. A good shape that works for you must be established and maintained. The length should extend just beyond the fingertips and should be a curve following the shape of the fingertip. A slight slant on the left side (back of the hand facing you) will act as a ramp for the string leaving the fingertip when you pluck. You will need an array of nail files and fine sand paper to file and polish for a smooth finish and clean tone. and BwV999 is no exception. The pattern requires freestroke fingering across the higher strings while the thumb plays the bass melody. The pattern is almost entirely p i a m i m i p i p i (with p i m a representing thumb, first, second and third fingers respectively), so can be considered a really useful arpeggio study. however, the pattern is not entirely consistent and involves some fretting hand slurs (bars 31-34) so you can’t be complacent. some performers like to play this piece rather fast, and others choose to pull the rhythms around quite liberally, but i’ve opted for a relatively moderate tempo and unfussy rhythmic interpretation so you can hear the gorgeous harmony unfolding as you play.
Bach’s pieces can test the limits of classical guitar technique but this is a lovely and relatively accessible introduction for the solo guitarist to his amazing music. i highly recommend adding this to your performance repertoire.