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Icelander53
02-22-2014, 11:10 AM
Maybe it's me but my fingers get oily when I play my uke. I have to wash them every half an hour or so or I can start to slide off the strings I kid you not.

So I got the hand washing part down but what about cleaning off the strings? I've just been wiping them with an old tee shirt but was wondering if there was other ways to get finger oil off them that might work even better.

Is it just me or does this happen to anyone else? My playing partner never seems to have oily fingers and can play for hours. Should I quit with the double cheese Big Macs?

Camsuke
02-22-2014, 12:42 PM
Definitely quit the double cheese burgers!

Guitar2ukulele
02-22-2014, 01:05 PM
Did you oil the fretboard recently?

FrankB
02-22-2014, 01:28 PM
I know some pro classical guitarists wipe their plucking fingers on their nose/forehead to get a little lube. Just use a paper towel to clean your strings, and wipe the fretboard down if it was oiled. Washing your hands too much will dry them out, and could effect your tone production.

Try using the tee shirt on your hands, rather than soap and water. During the winter, I have to use a moisturizer every time I wash my hands, or my nails will crack.

Icelander53
02-22-2014, 02:20 PM
Did you oil the fretboard recently?

Never have

Icelander53
02-22-2014, 02:22 PM
I know some pro classical guitarists wipe their plucking fingers on their nose/forehead to get a little lube. Just use a paper towel to clean your strings, and wipe the fretboard down if it was oiled. Washing your hands too much will dry them out, and could effect your tone production.

Try using the tee shirt on your hands, rather than soap and water. During the winter, I have to use a moisturizer every time I wash my hands, or my nails will crack.


I'd like to see my hands get dry. Just let em try. Seriously, I don't have a dry skin problem. Not in 61 years.

CeeJay
02-22-2014, 02:29 PM
I know some pro classical guitarists wipe their plucking fingers on their nose/forehead to get a little lube. Just use a paper towel to clean your strings, and wipe the fretboard down if it was oiled. Washing your hands too much will dry them out, and could effect your tone production.

Try using the tee shirt on your hands, rather than soap and water. During the winter, I have to use a moisturizer every time I wash my hands, or my nails will crack.

Really ...language ..there is absolutely no need for that sort of...........oh no it's me ...I spoonerised the two words in my head ........get my coat I will....

CJ

OldePhart
02-22-2014, 04:22 PM
I just want to say that the title of this thread should be the title of a song...

John

Icelander53
02-23-2014, 02:53 AM
It's the same relaxed or tense. It's not sweat it's slippery and oily. I guess I'm the only one experiencing this. Maybe I should use strings that aren't so smooth.

Icelander53
02-23-2014, 02:56 AM
I just want to say that the title of this thread should be the title of a song...

John


and here's the guy who should write it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT4OqWAlbfw

FrankB
02-23-2014, 05:46 AM
I felt your pain today. I used Gold Bond hand lotion, and could barely hold the uke!!!

OldePhart
02-23-2014, 09:08 AM
and here's the guy who should write it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT4OqWAlbfw

Thank you for that! I am "fumfy-something" years old and I don't think I've ever heard of Michael Hurley. Life is worth living again! :)

John

Icelander53
02-23-2014, 10:03 AM
I absolutely can't get enough of his music. All of it. You might remember him in connection to the Holy Modal Rounders. Here's one of theirs.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4CUiX64MmQ

or two


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PoL5s5KGO4


well three


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ1J99feOZw