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Old 07-06-2015, 01:44 AM   #21
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I keep the nails on both hands super short & I do a lot of finger picking, that's what works best for me.
I also cut them as short as possible on both hands but I do not fingerpick. I play with a plectrum at all times but I often use my right hand fingertips as well.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:53 AM   #22
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Thought you may find this article useful for those who have nails and those who don't. BTW I keep mine long on my strumming hand and very short on the other hand (I'm a fingerpicker)

https://www.mikerizk.com/2017/12/15/guitar-nails/

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Old 01-03-2018, 05:10 AM   #23
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Left hand fairly short. Right hand fairly normal. I Hybrid pick and use the nail when I want a sharp attack and the fleshy part when playing normal. If I let it get too long I either break the nail or hang it and it hurts like Hell. From the quick to the tip is never more than 1/8". Which is just about even with the fleshy tip.
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I keep all of them short. I don't like fretboard divots, and I don't like nails on the picking hand tangling with the strings. I'm a pretty advanced hybrid picker and they just get in my way.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:45 PM   #25
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I keep all of them short. I don't like fretboard divots, and I don't like nails on the picking hand tangling with the strings. I'm a pretty advanced hybrid picker and they just get in my way.
Yep. Its bad enough that the string wears divots into the fretboard under the string but having long nails cutting divots in between the strings just makes a bad situation even worse. I especially pay attention to keeping the left hand nails short enough to not touch the fret board and also if the left hand nails are too long, it actually hurts when you're pushing down and the nails hit the fret board and start pushing back. I hate when that happens.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:46 AM   #26
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I started out with fingerstyle and I'm still much better at it than flatpicking.

But I let it go. It was too much trouble. I got tired of attending to all the issues.

I only play with a pick now.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:55 PM   #27
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I have a 1958 Kamaka Soprano Ukulele that belonged to my lady's auntie. You can tell it was a womans ukulele by all the gouged in the fretboard from fingernails. Still plays incredibly, but man I wish that thing could talk, it would have some juice to tell...
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:28 PM   #28
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I do a lot of fingerpicking (and the nails get caught and annoy me) or I use a pick, so I usually keep mine as short as possible.
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If I had fingernails like Dolly Parton, Id be afraid to wipe my ass, never mind trying to play a guitar

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