If there in one area of discussion that players recommendations are all over the board - it's fingernail for classical guitar. The technique for classical is appropriate for ukulele. The ukulele is almost a mini classical guitar missing two strings.
William Kanengiser Video
No need to revert 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.
- Wear gloves.
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