How to Cut Your Nails for Classical Guitar

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You need to cut your nails in a very specific way if they're going to be appropriate for classical guitar. Find out how to cut your nails for classical guitar with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica Delfino. I'm a performer and musician here in New York City. You can find out a little bit more about what I do at yourocknyc.com, that's yourocknyc.com. Today, we're going to talk about how to cut your nails so that they will be appropriate for playing classical guitar. I play with my right hand which means I strum with my right and I fret with my left and this is not a classical guitar. This is actually an acoustic guitar with steel strings but generally a classical guitar is a little bit of a bigger bodied hardwood guitar and it has nylon stings on it. So a lot of plucking is involved in playing classical guitar. So what people will do is keep their fingers a little bit longer on their right hand and a little shorter on their left hand. So if you are going to get a manicure or whatever, you can ask the manicurist to keep your fingers a little bit longer on the right, a little shorter on the left. Now that is if you strum with your right and fret with our left. Obviously, if you strum with your left and then fret with your right, you want to do it the other way around. So you can use a pair of scissors or nail clippers to just trim your nails up. Make sure that the nails are a little bit lower than the fingertips and you can use an emery board to just file them up and make sure that they are smooth and then you are ready to classically rock. Thank you for very much for watching. Lots of luck to you and have a great day.

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