While Miley Cyrus has experimented with different Dolly Parton play guitar Motor Harley-Davidson Cycles signature shirt styles and genres of sound over the years, she has always held on to her Southern roots. Still, few people realize that the Tennessee native’s connection to country music runs even deeper than her own songs. It turns out that Miley’s godmother is the “Backwoods Barbie” herself, Dolly Parton. She was born in rural Tennessee. Her family was very poor. Her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a sack of cornmeal. She had 11 siblings. Her dad was a sharecropper and they lived in a little cabin. They moved off the property her father tended when she was little but they stayed in the south and stayed poor. Her upbringing was typical southern. The longer answer is that nails on the RIGHT hand effectively act as picks and assist in playing fingerstyle guitar. The wider string-string spacing of classical guitar is working to her advantage in the video below.
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But I’ve seen her play standard acoustic and electric Dolly Parton play guitar Motor Harley-Davidson Cycles signature shirt guitar this way, too. Lots of professional classical guitarists use synthetic nails on the right hand, and most flamenco players do. In fact, some of those guys use pretty long extensions. .though I’ve never seen anyone else play with nails as long as Parton. She holds her picking fingers a bit more parallel to the strings rather than perpendicular to get more control with the nails. If she were trying to play fast leads or complicated barre shapes, I think the long nails would pose more of a problem. BTW, in this particular video she appears to be playing variants of G – C – D in standard tuning. Nothing too technically difficult, and she sells it on account of her vocal strength.