This is a really good question. I’ve been playing ukulele for over 10 years now, and I’ve always had long nails. I don’t play professionally, but I do perform in front of people fairly often. I have pretty thick nails – they’re not long enough to put cuticle oil on them!
The biggest challenge with having long nails is that if you can’t get a good grip on the uke, it’s hard to play anything at all. The best way to overcome this is just practice! You’ll probably be surprised at how quickly your hands adjust to the different shape of the instrument.
Once you have that down, there are some ways you can adapt your playing style:
1) Use less pressure on your hands when playing chords or strumming than you would normally use with shorter nails so that your fingers don’t get sore from pressing down too hard on the strings all day. This will also help prevent injury from accidentally bending or breaking a nail.
2) Use more force when strumming chords or picking single notes so that each string makes noise instead of just one note sounding out really loud over everything else because it has no competition from other strings being played at the same time .
Last modified: October 11, 2022