Pick­ing hand fin­ger­nails

Guitar Techniques - - USER GUIDE -

Look­ing after your pick­ing hand fin­ger­nails is an im­por­tant part of clas­si­cal gui­tar play­ing for tone pro­duc­tion and con­trol of tech­nique. You need to find the right length and an­gle of nail to pro­duce a clean warm tone. The con­tact on the string should be both flesh of the fin­ger­tip and nail si­mul­ta­ne­ously then as you pluck, the string should glide along the nail like a ramp, with a seam­less tran­si­tion from flesh of fin­ger­tip to nail. It can take a bit of time and ex­pe­ri­ence to get it just right. Main­tain­ing the con­di­tion of your nails will then be needed with reg­u­lar fil­ing and pol­ish­ing to keep the nail edges smooth and gleam­ing!

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