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    obsidian_cicatrix I ink, therefore I am. Contributor

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    Looking Advice from Guitarists from Warm Climes.

    Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by obsidian_cicatrix, May 11, 2017.

    Since I live in a moderate climate, I don't tend to have problems but recently, I've noticed my hands are sweating so much it's affecting my playing. Could be my age. I've tried liquid talc, which works to a degree but causes fret squeaks which isn't ideal if I'm recording, and any thing else I've tried leaves a sticky residue.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Maybe part of it is your diet. When I drank lots of coffee, my hands sweated a lot. I had to give up coffee (I developed a hypersensitivity to caffeine), and it hasn't been much of a problem since.

    I'm way rusty on the guitar - I've hardly ever played for the past two years. My fingers are crying and cursing me now - I have to find time for my first love again.
     
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    I actually prefer a little sweat on my fingers. Helps me move around the neck a bit better. They used to make this stuff called "gorilla snot" but I think that was more for drummers.

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    (and apparently they still do? seems to have morphed into a hair gel)
     
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    obsidian_cicatrix I ink, therefore I am. Contributor

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    That's actually part of the problem. Not only are my fingers slipping off the strings, the dampness is affecting my callouses, and I'm getting very deep blisters beneath. It's all a bit weird as it's only startied happening recently. Hope to goodness you're not right...never considered my coffee intake as it hasn't bothered me before. Something to think about.
     
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    obsidian_cicatrix I ink, therefore I am. Contributor

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    I'm the total reverse. My fretting hand needs to be really dry. Different matter when I'm playing electric, as I use fret oil, but for classical I need less slide and more control.
     
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    Blisters? Ouch. Never gotten those. Are you playing more than normal? Or have you started playing again after your calluses have softened from a layoff? Check out some of the guitar forums. Here's the basic search, seems to affect bassists more, which isn't surprising:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=blisters+from+guitar+playing&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
     
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    I am but I usually play enough to maintain the callouses, so I don't have to go through the pain and aggravation if I do have a binge. I'll check that link because these blisters are what I'd expect from bass string girth, not a nice hand friendly, perfectly actioned, nylon stringed guitar.
     

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