sticky fingers

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by vivaknoxvegas, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    I played a festival this weekend and it really sucked. It was 95 deg. and I was sweating like crazy. My hands were damp sticky and I could not play up to my ability, not even close.

    What's the best thing to do for this? One of the guys in the band put WD-40 on his strings but I thought this might add more wear to the strings. We all know bass strings are not cheap.

    Any advise?
  2. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Before you play, wipe your fingers on the side of your nose.

    No joke, seriously.
  3. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Yup, that's true. Nose oil is the cheapest lubricant around. I think doghouse players do this a lot?
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    Nose grease all the way.
    Nothing better.
  5. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm...

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    I agree with the posters above... nose grease is the only way to go!
  6. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Wow, it's either reassuring or really weird to discover that I'm not the only one who's ever used nose grease... I'm not sure which...

  7. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    I'm still young I can use forehead grease too :p

    Nothing is worse than getting your fingers sticky and accidently popping when your finger gets stuck under a string :bawl:
  8. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    It's a bassist thing. You're normal.

    Well, in that sense anyways ;)
  9. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    too bad im a guy :p

  10. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio!

    Jul 3, 2001
    Chester, Connecticut
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    1. Bring a towel, like one a golfer or bowler would use.
    2. Bring some baby powder or after-shower powder.
    3. Wipe your sweaty hands with the towel. Get as much sweat off as you can.
    4. Sprinkle some powder on your hands and work it around. This will dry your hands and fingers so they don't stick to the strings for a while until you have to do it again.
  11. Umm... you probably shouldn't purposely put grease on your strings. Chances are, it'll severely shorten their life.

    Get a gel antipersperant. Lady Speedstick makes a scentless one. Click it up and rub it over your hands as you would hand lotion. It'll be a little sticky when it dries... so use a TINY bit of baby powder on your palms only. This'll stop any hand sweat... promise.

    And bonus, you'll smell like a baby!

  12. electricdemon3


    Jul 28, 2000
    If you are implying what I think you are, thats pretty disgusting.
  13. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    hahahaha :p


    keep rawkin :bassist:
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    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    That's an interesting alternative take on sticky fingers. :)