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Do I absolutely HAVE to have long nails for classical guitar?

I am a very serious guitar player, I play classical and flamenco. The thing is I also am very passionate about parkour and I can't keep my long nails while scaling walls and vaulting fences, they will get ruined. Besides, I'm a tomboy. Long nails gross me out. Is there any other way around this problem?

Asked By: Anna - 11/3/2012
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I think as much as you can, you should keep your nails filed smoothly so they don't catch on the strings. However, I don't think you need to keep them dragonlady long... More
Answered By: Birdgirl - 11/3/2012
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No you can either use ur nails that are arn't that Long or small or u can use ur fingers and build up caluses on them and play that way or take a chance and use a pick its all up to u
Answered By: tyler - 11/3/2012
 
I had this same problem before. except it was because I was too lazy to trim them.. I also need long nails for guitar class. They don't have to be long.. They can just be medium sized. Just trim them every week, but don't trim them too short... More
Answered By: Jonathan Idk - 11/3/2012
 
You can use a pick.
Answered By: Mirror_Fugue - 11/3/2012
 
Another possible option is finger picks, much like some banjo players and those who play the pedal steel guitar use. In short there are a number of options you can explore that the others mentioned.
Answered By: Wendigo - 11/3/2012
 
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Answered By: Steven Herron - 11/6/2012
 
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