Dolly Parton revealed during an interview on The Graham Norton Show that she considers her acrylic nails musical instruments.
When she wrote her iconic 9 to 5 on the set of the film she explained that she would clack her fake nails together like “a typewriter” to create a beat while writing the lyrics.
She told Norton,
“After we recorded the song, I brought all the girls down that was on the show and I played my nails.
So I have a credit on the back of the album that says, ‘nails by Dolly.’”
She also talked about how she goes about playing her guitar while wearing her signature long nails,
“I’ve learned to work with them.”
Plus, she added, aside from her nails being a kind of musical washboard in their own right, they also,
“work great as picks, I’ve never had a problem with [the right hand] — [the left fingers] are the ones where I have a problem.”
She figured out a way to form the chords while keeping her manicure intact, but she she said,
“If I’m really serious about it, I just have to saw them down.”
(via Vanity Fair)