And they nake a great, you know, rhythm sound…


I have acrylic fingernails. And they make a great, you know, rhythm sound. And they sound almost like a typewriter to me. And it was all about secretaries. So I’d be on the set, I’d just go around ‘Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a living.’ So they all got a kick out of my nails. And I actually wound up playing my fingernails as part of the percussion sound on the real record – Dolly Parton

1 thought on “And they nake a great, you know, rhythm sound…

  1. I remember seeing her talk about this on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and giving a demonstration. Since hearing about this, I have since started listening for the distinctive sound on “9 to 5”. If you listen carefully, you are able to hear it.

    Another question a lot of people, especially musicians, had about her fingernails is how is she able to play/chord a guitar with them so long. The answer is that she tunes the guitar to an open key. Then all she has to do to change chords is barre, with one finger, across the appropriate fret.

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