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Clean hands....can't play

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by enzedal, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Among my gigbag essentials - nail clippers and a little travel size hair dryer. My hair's about 1/8" long, so you can guess what the hair dryer's for. I'm not obsessive about clean hands, but load in often leaves my hands a bit too dirty, so rather than transfer that to the instrument I wash my hands. Moist callouses are bad, mmmkay? So, hair dryer.

    It's also extra handy after loading in from cold weather. Wash hands under warm water, dry with warm air to take the freeze off.
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  2. Eric DK

    Eric DK Supporting Member

    May 14, 2018
    Psychologically "can't" play unless I wash regularly. Issues with "clean"? Fast Fret, vaseline behind the ear, ear wax, Brylcream, bar food...
  3. Maybe the strings are too dry.
    Put some WD-40 on your strings.
  4. Siggy

    Siggy Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Sometimes I get a lot of drag on flat wound strings, more noticeable on humid outdoor gigs. I use "head oil"

    Rub my fingers on my forehead or along my nose. It helps in an emergency.
  5. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    You might want to try DR K3 strings and see if that makes the issue go away.
  6. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    This thread delivers on reasons to never ask to play someone else's bass.
  7. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Agreed....unless you are vaccinated against infection. :laugh:
  8. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Outdoor gigs on a humid day must be mighty tough for some of the folks here. ;)
  9. TheLowDown33

    TheLowDown33 Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2009
    You know what they say about assumptions right? I actually do own a rotary phone, ironically.
  10. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    Elkhart, IN
    The only song I can't play with clean hands is Dirty Boogie. :D
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
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  12. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    Heck, I even use diluted Dr.B's for shampoo. The label is full of crazy talk, but it is a good soap.
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  13. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    Can I get a hi-res print of that so I can hang it on the bathroom wall?
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  14. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    You can even try dried filefish, but you should fry it in a pan first.
  15. I wash my hands repeatedly during a gig (before and on breaks, after pee time) or whenever I play. I hate dirty greasy crusty strings and instruments. No problem with clean fingers (always finger style) on the bass.
  16. dxb


    Dec 25, 2016
    I can't wait for the inevitable poll:

    What's the best body location to grab a quick handful of grease for your strings?
    1. Ears
    2. Nose
    3. Forehead
    4. Other (please specify body part in comments)
    5. Hell no, that's gross
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  17. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    It's been said already...but I wipe my nose or forehead after washing my hands to get some body oil back on them. I also hate playing with "dry" fingers.

    Don't remember who said it...Bootsy maybe....but "The gunk keeps the funk". Or something like that.
  18. I have quite the opposite issue. I have to wash my hands between sets when we gig. By the end of each set I'm typically so sweaty that my hands no longer glide on the neck. A quick wash with soap and water in the mens room usually fixes it.
  19. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I'm the same way about callouses. I hate fresh soft hands from washing...I want them to be very dried out when I play.
    I get to venues way early enough to have already do the grubby load in and rough setup, I prefer my hands be dry for 20-30 minutes, so any restroom biz I do early, and I don't get my hands wet before I play. If there's any beers involved I wrap with a napkin.
  20. SoulReflection

    SoulReflection Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2017
    Oh, so there is another use for KY :bag::whistle:
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