Nailcare for guitarists?



Asked by: Francisco Vargas

How do guitarists protect their nails?





Do invest in very fine abrasive paper like that sold by the Classical Guitar Store as nail paper. Wrapped over a nail file (business card, credit card), it can polish the edges and under-edges of your nails. A four-way nail buffer works well too. Buff only the edges and under-edges of nails.

Which nails do guitarists grow?

As a classical guitarist, you need to grow nails on the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers (p, i, m, a) of your right hand. The nails should be long enough to easily pluck the guitar strings.
In general, long fingernails are good for:

  • Playing free stroke.
  • Playing accurately.
  • Playing loudly.
  • Making a bright, clear tone.

Should guitarists grow their nails?

Growing your nails on the right hand is not absolutely necessary to play classical guitar. It’s your choice if you want to play without nails. But even though you can find historic reference of serious players who did not grow their nails, pretty much everyone since Segovia has done so.

Can guitarists have long nails?





In general, any fingernail that is longer than the actual flesh on your finger will be considered a “long nail” for playing guitar. While it’s not impossible to play with these, you may need to make serious changes to your playing style or only keep the long nails on one hand.

Why do guitarists tape their fingers?

Guitarists tape their knuckles to prevent cuts or abrasions from forming when strumming. Some players are more aggressive than others and as a result they injure their knuckles. So instead of adjusting their technique, they use tape to prevent friction between their knuckles and the strings.

Why do guitarists make faces?

Guitar players make funny faces when performing live because they are fully focused and committed to the sounds they are producing. This level of concentration can cause the face muscles to tighten or conform because of our human instinctual reflex to express how we feel through our facial expressions.

How guitarists brains are different?

Researchers found that, when a guitarist shreds, he or she temporarily deactivates the brain region that routinely shuts down when achieving big-picture goals, signalling a shift from conscious to unconscious thought.

Is playing the guitar attractive?

[ Note: It is official that men who play guitar are more attractive, this study confirms. ] The theory behind this is really simple. An astonishing number of 9 out of 10 females agree to the fact that they find guitarist way sexier than an average male.



Is playing guitar good for your brain?

Studies show that playing the guitar improves the grey matter in the brain resulting in improved memory power. Additionally, there is less decline in memory power with age. This is proven true by the fact that you have to memorize chords and patterns which act as a good workout for your brain.

Are guitarists intelligent?

The scans revealed the guitarists were able to switch to the creative left area of the brain and at the same time deactivate the rational right area of the brain. This means that a skilled, well practiced guitar player is capable of mind control.

Is guitar losing popularity?

The numbers are pretty shocking. In just the past decade, electric guitar sales have dropped by a third, from 1.5 million to a new average of just over 1 million. As you can imagine, this trend has been hell on small music stores, but even large music retailers have been experiencing pain due to waning guitar sales.