Lesson Description

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This week on Ukulele Webcam Sessions, Matt talks about how to "cut" and shape your nails, along with nail care tips to help you create the perfect strumming and picking tone on your ukulele. Check out the video above, try it out for yourself, and see how it works for you!


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  1. Matt, I really appreciate your lessons and I appreciate what you don’t do. You don’t say “This is how it must be done.” You also don’t have a habit of making a smacking sound when you pause to inhale like so many do. It seems a small thing, but for misophonia sufferers it can make the difference between watching the video and looking elsewhere.

    Thank you

  2. I had a ton of fun listening to this video…you gave the same nail filing recommendations as 17 magazine or Cosmo! I’m learning a lot about the uke from you and this nail care video is the first time I feel like I’m ahead of the curve!

  3. Hey Matt, great video. I just received my Oasis file. I didn’t realize before I bought it what it was. So, for other’s information, it is a file broken into four sections, each section is a different level of micro paper…. Really nice.

  4. Thanks for these tips! I’m struggling with short brittle nails, & thinking there was no hope to achieve the added tone nails give. You’ve given me hope! I especially like the idea of not using nail hardeners & the thoughts these products might dry out the nails, as well as the encouragement to just keep playing. I will be trying the filing and smoothing techniques you shared.

  5. Not a nail biter, found this very informative as to nail length on strumming hand. I have an added problem, arthritis in my stumming index finger joint, so I find it at times gets too painful to strum with, and use my thumb instead, but I don’t like the sound of the nail on the thumb, so I have been keeping it very short, although I do like the longer nails on my fingers for picking and strums. Thanks for the suggestion on length .

  6. I’ve been a nail biter my whole life (60+ years). I’ve had more control since I’m playing ukulele. This was a great video. I really had no idea how to take care of my nails.

  7. Thanks for the nail care video. So practical! I Always learn new things from you. Love your teaching style and your friendly and personable presentation. I look forward to every video! Thank you.

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