Main­tain your nails

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY | ACOUSTIC -

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Main­tain­ing your hands and nails is an ob­vi­ous, but of­ten over­looked as­pect of prepa­ra­tion. Aim to keep the fin­ger­nails of the fret­ting hand short to help with easy fret­work. Longer pick­ing-hand nails are es­sen­tial for cer­tain styles but rough edges can lead to in­con­sis­tent tone pro­duc­tion. Al­ways keep some clip­pers and a nail file in your gig­bag and wash your hands prior to play­ing. Clean hands will trans­mit less dirt to the strings giv­ing you a longer string life and bet­ter tone in the long run. Many play­ers now go to nail bars to get their nails ‘gelled’.

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