Washing your hands before playing..

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by improvpwnd, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. Hey guys heres a tip that i've been using for about my last year of playing out of 6 years experience and it has helped me TREMENDOUSLY.. it is as simple as this: wash your hands before playing your bass. Not only does it make it easier to play and feel better, but it also keeps your string newer longer and your bass cleaner overall. for those of you who havent tried it, please give it a shot...and those who have/do do you feel like it improves your playing as well? i forwarded this tip to my guitar player and we both wash our hands before practice or shows everytime!
  2. Definitely a good idea. I find it hard to play with grimy fingers.
  3. GRIMY!
  4. dharma

    dharma Srubby wubbly

    Oct 14, 2005
    Monroe, Louisiana
    But necessary to bring up.

    Yes, wash your hands. Often. And more often than just before you play your bass.

    I sound like my mother, but you get sick from your hands more than anything else.

    And...personal skin oils on a bass certainly don't do well for keeping finishes impeccable.
  5. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    One of my friends does a lot with his hair. He tends not to wash his hands before playing, and his hair gunk ends up on his maple fingerboards. I don't allow that to happen with my instruments. GHS fast fret has become one of my best friends.
  6. tim99

    tim99 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    And I wash my hands with Dawn, not with those soaps that contain lotion.
  7. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Yessir; hot water and soap is an excellent way to get the blood flowing.
  8. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I always wash my hands before I play...it mkaes them feel "faster" on the back of the neck. Also, I sometimes wash them in hot water before I warm up in winter...sometimes, when your hands are numb, a little hot water takes the clungy feeling away before you start the warm up.
  9. I can't say that I do it every time. I do occassionally, and it does help. It feels better, I think it sounds better. I remember once in high school, I got to play my teacher's Jazz bass (a NICE American Deluxe with some work put into it) and before I ever touched it, he said "Go wash your hands first. It just came out of the shop and you're the first one to play it yet, so don't get it all shi**y with your filthy hands!". He actually inspected my fingers before he let me play it. That's where I learned the trick, but I never do it:(
    It sounded freakin' beautiful by the way.
  10. I've been doing this as well. As its now winter here (big snow yesterday) it tends to get quite cold in my room. I find it extremely inhibiting to play with numb hands, so I often run them under warm water before practicing. Sometimes if your hands are feeling tense, it can also help to just shake them out. Just move your arms wildly and let your fingers flap free (make sure no one's watching :p).
  11. i ALWAYS wash my hands before i play...
  12. haha i'm like OCD about washing my hands before playin
  13. exactly haha
  14. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    I go with the Jaco method.

    "Jaco was legendary for coating his fingers with fried chicken grease
    before going on stage"
  15. Heff


    Dec 11, 2005
    Great tip, speshly becoz i get sweaty hands very quickly and when ya don't can make the strings and general feel yuck....
  16. i was told to avoid playing after your hands have been wet because it softens the skin and can make layers of the callouses wear off. has anyone heard that?
  17. i can imagine this is true, but thats why you dry them first. ;)
  18. lawrens


    Nov 26, 2005
    i wash my hands each time i play , rehearsal or gigs, for strings economy...'cause i have pretty wet hands :scowl:
    i didn't encounter the dead skin peeling problem, 'cause i wash them very quickly, the skin have no time to peel off :bassist:

    "Sometimes if your hands are feeling tense, it can also help to just shake them out. Just move your arms wildly and let your fingers flap free (make sure no one's watching )." :

    i do that all the time, blood comes quick in hands...
    and also a variety of fingers stretching exercises and massages

    but i still have a problem: no matter how hard i prepare my hands before the show, i feel really hot and "in" my playing after the third or fourth song :(

    do you encounter this problem ?
  19. One thing I do is washing but with cold water.

    The normal swelling of the hand due to body heat and/or activity is reduced by using cold water.
    People say I am washing hand freak. Fine, I am the one who is less sick in winter and it feels great when playing music.
    I even was my hands a couple of time during rehearsals and practice at home (yes, I know at this point you can call me freak -but remember "le Freak, c'est chic!") ;)
  20. Derio


    Dec 6, 2005
    Saint George
    It's been fairly cold out, and I read this thread and made a habbit of not only washing my hands but washing them with hot water. This helps out a LOT and takes tons of time off my warm-up. I can basically jump right in and start playing as if I've been playing for an hour. The cold weather just prevents that otherwise.