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Fingernail Care

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

PUBLISHED: Apr 3, 2016 UPDATED: Jan 23, 2020 • VIEWS: 2 • LESSON CODE: UL05

Instruments: guitar ukulele Subjects: scaleschords

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.


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.

End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

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Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Getting Started • Updated: Jun 20, 2019

There are two distinctly different fingerpicking styles.

One is the Alternating Thumb style commonly called Travis Picking in the guitar world and Scruggs Style in the banjo world. Both named after the most famous musicians that made the style famous.

Second is the Classical (pima) style most associated with classical guitar that involves the thumb and three fingers.

This focus of this series is on the second, classical style.

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Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style
Updated: Aug 7, 2018

A technique of playing by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or fingerpicks.

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Any Song Will Do
Updated: Dec 7, 2015

When any song here can be used for the concepts in the lessons.

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Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking on Ukulele
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

This is the common alternating thumb and two finger strumming style utilizing the thumb, index and middle fingers. Commonly called “Travis” picking in the guitar world. This series of lessons explores and adapts this style to ukulele. Travis Picking is a finger-style made famous by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. This style is commonly played on steel string acoustic guitars. You'll find this series of lessons to be the most complete, comprenhesive and organized series of lessons offered anywhere - GUARANTEED.

Ukulele Fingering Gymnastics - Developing Technique
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

An introduction to proper hand placement for left hand technique on ukulele and a wide variety of finger drills to develop your technique.

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