Fingernail Care

This video in the **Learning with Legends - William Kanengiser** provides one of the best and clearest explanations of the conte

Published: 03 Apr 2016 Updated: 23 Jan 2020Visits: 36Code: UL05

INSTRUMENTS: Fingerstyle Main: Ukulele Others: Guitar Ukulele
Subjects: Scales • Technique • Video • Classical • Nail • Care

Fingernail Care


If there is one area of discussion that players recommendations are all over the board on - it's fingernails for classical guitar. The technique and subject for classica guitar is appropriate for ukulele as well. The ukulele is almost a mini classical guitar missing two strings.

William Kanengiser Video

No need to reinvent the wheel. This video in the Learning with Legends - William Kanengiser provides one of the best and clearest explanations of the contentious topic of fingernail care as it applies to technique.

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A book that I remember that had a good explanation of different nails and their care is **Pumping Nylon: The Classical Guitarist's Technique Handbook** by Scott Tennan.

Learning with Legends - William Kanengiser

Nail Tips • Curt Sheller

With fingerstyle and fingerpicking a big part of playing the ukulele, keeping your right hand fingernails in top shape can be tough at time. Here are a few tips to protect your nails and keep out of trouble.

  • Keep nails short. DO NOT clip you nail on the plucking hand.
  • Organize your pockets for potential nail damaging objects suck as keys.
  • Learn to reach and use your left hand more. You're left hand is already pretty developed from playing. Door knobs are what get me the most and wearing bi-focal glasses are what get me the most.
  • For gigging musician loading gear ina and out — Wear gloves.

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Key Signatures — Circle of Fourths and Fifths – ANSI A & A4 sizes

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