you ever lick your fingers while playing?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by paparoof, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. paparoof

    paparoof Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    fEARful koolaid drinker
    Saw a band last night with a bass player who would periodically reach his plucking hand up to his mouth and lick his fingers like he was about to turn a page in a book.

    Anyone ever hear of this or see this? What's the point?
  2. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn My Boy Maxie Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    Saw Crack The Sky- last year at The Recher Theater (Towson, MD)- and Carey Ziegler was repeatedly licking his fingers! I don't know if it helps... I would be afraid if getting some sort of disease!! :eek:
  3. BiigM


    Nov 11, 2007
    Only before sticking the finger in the drummers ear :)
  4. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    I've done it but was using bacon and carrot flavored strings.
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  6. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
  7. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    i do it for lubrication, but nose-grease works waaay better!
  8. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    People are weird.
  9. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

    I only lick my fingers when I see a bass that gives me GAS xD LOL
  10. precijazz

    precijazz I want a name when I lose.

    Aug 31, 2011
    Saw Freddie Washington do this repeatedly during a Steely Dan concert. It seemed to help him nail those Chuck Rainey lines...
  11. fearceol

    fearceol Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    Licking fingers.... using nose oil..... !!

    Bassists certailly are filthy bunch ! :p
  12. I don't, but file under "whatever floats your boat". I like to wash my hands before a set and play with clean hands. But if I am unable to, and my hands feel sticky, I have resorted to nose grease. Works ok. Clean hands are better for me.
  13. paparoof

    paparoof Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    fEARful koolaid drinker
    I pick this answer.
  14. spacebassed


    Jan 31, 2009
    Seems like a good way to kill your strings faster. I also play mandolin and acoustic guitar :bag: so I've learned just how much faster I kill strings if I don't wash my hands prior to playing. You don't notice it as drastically with bass strings but moisture from your body wreaks havoc on strings. I also be sure to wipe my strings down (top and bottom) after playing - it'll make your strings last much longer.
  15. geddeeee


    Jun 30, 2006
    John Deacon from Queen used to do it....
  16. Rudy Sarzo...
  17. Borrowing from the other thread... This could be another way to make others NOT want to borrow your bass during an open jam. Never mind your fingers, just lick the strings where a person would normally pluck, slap, etc.
  18. Yeah, I remember Rudy Sarzo would lick his fingers then play over the top of the neck. Looked kinda cool when I was 12...not so much now.
  19. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    nose-grease is the best.

    Could you imagine if someone bottled it and sold it?

    eeww :D
  20. Jesus God, that's goofy as hell. I've used Finger-Ease for well over 25 years. I'll stick with that.
  21. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    No way. Great way to get sick if you ask me.

    I've also got to think human saliva would cut down on string life pretty substantially.