It’s possible to play fingerstyle guitar with or without nails. Many players use plastic or metal thumbpicks. Some even use metal (less frequently plastic) fingerpicks—mostly for specialty instruments like Dobros, steel-body guitars, and resonator guitars, or to get a particular (steely) sound from their flattop guitar. Other players extend their natural nails with plastic nails or even cut-up Ping-Pong balls!
But here, guitarist Andrew DuBrock talks about nails—how to cultivate them and also keep them in tip-top shape.