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Clean hands....can't play

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

  1. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    I've used this for years in the sticky summer months when the strings feel like they are coated with tar. A quick spray on the fingers or directly on the strings will cure even the stickiest of strings. Some will spray it on a cloth, but I'll just spray directly on the bass. It won't hurt the finish on any those of bass I've ever used, and it's an absolute life saver when those fingers just won't move.

    Baby powder or corn starch will just get gooey and make a mess if there is any water or sweat at all. If you use roundwound strings it will get gunk in the rounds, and a rosewood or similar open grained fretboard will get gunk in it as well. I would avoid it at all costs.
  2. cbenedict


    Jul 13, 2013
  3. cbenedict


    Jul 13, 2013
  4. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I make it a point to always do a "make sure" trip before going on stage- always a good idea to be prepared, just in case things go long, or you were closer to an "event" than you thought. And after that, I always wash my hands, so I always go on stage with clean hands...no problem.
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  5. drifter grey

    drifter grey

    Dec 11, 2016
    I know what you mean. Immediately after washing my hands they usually feel cold, dry and not comfortable to use. Maybe the dry climate doesn't help. Warm hands are better.
  6. brainiac


    Oct 4, 2005
    HaHa! This is priceless! The bass player's lament! True, clean hands don't usually help your fingers while playing. Little secret: along both sides of your nose, or somewhere up along your hair line will be a spot that is oily. Don't be timid about getting your fingers into those places before taking the stage! I never felt comfortable playing with cold hands, so I always go run some hot water in the RR and warm them up. THEN I rub my fingers along my nostrils and VOILA! Good to go! Hope this isn't too graphic for some of you cleanliness freaks! HaHa! I never envisioned revealing this most personal of bass player habits!
  7. Can't say I've noticed any difference. Certainly wouldn't want lotion or oil on my bass, especially on the strings!
  8. Nope - sorry I don't agree with you.
  9. armint


    Nov 14, 2011
    I'm playing bass since 1981 now and I always tried to have my hands clean and dry before playing.
    So, my standard routine on a gig is to set up the gear, eat and then clean my hands with (nearly cold) water and a little bit of soap. Then I dry my hands by either what is supplied in the washing room or I'll take my own towel - which is always in my gigging gear.
    Never have a problem with stickiness - or let's say: I got rid of any problems:
    a) always use the same kind of strings which I chose because to me they do not feel sticky: RC Cocco in SST and Nickel
    b) sanded off sticky necks
    c) avoid shaking hands with everybody and his grandma before the gig.
    d) do not drink anything sticky during the gig (which reduces it down to water - sigh)
  10. Bubble


    Apr 17, 2013
    Body oils could be corrosive and also dry to a dulling crust.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
  11. Never heard of such a thing.
    Just play your guitar and forget about it ....
  12. Edward White

    Edward White Simba Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2018
    New York City
    The fault may not be in ourselves, but in our strings, if I can be forgiven a corny plagiarism. Sometimes when my fingers won't move over the strings worth a damn I rub down the strings, and the back of the bass neck, with Finger-ease. I find that this works quite well on some types of strings (I use mainly black tape wrapped for fretless bass).
  13. fiveoffour


    Mar 21, 2013
    This is absurd. I can't play if my hands aren't clean.
  14. Garybanlowe


    Apr 16, 2016
    and an extra benefit is, no one in their right mind will ever try to steal your bass.
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  15. Jolagh


    Nov 29, 2012
    You may be surprised to find out how hard the bass is to hold onto after a gig.
  16. alpan254


    Sep 2, 2013
    use special gloves for bass players , I do in both hands but you can use just in a left hand
  17. alpan254


    Sep 2, 2013
    no good for the strings
  18. alpan254


    Sep 2, 2013
    i did and my strings getting really dead
  19. I noticed it's really hard playing bass after mixing concrete. The cement dust on your hands makes your hand get stuck along the neck instead of sliding smoothly...
  20. Kevin Colt

    Kevin Colt

    Feb 9, 2015
    Bokeelia, Fl.
    I wash my hands before every set. if they're dirty or sticky from dealing with cords or sweat it slows me down. also it reduces the crud that tends to collect on strings and deadens them.

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