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    I frequently find that when I lift my fingers from a fret to change to a different position, the string will "stick" a bit to my fingertip and play an unintended note. It's not particularly loud but it's enough to be noticeable (and irritating), particularly when playing a quiet piece or section. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to reduce or eliminate this audible distraction?
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    I play steel string guitars mainly 12 string and six string with medium gauge and thus have callous grooves on my finger tips. I find that thin fluorocarbon strings tend to get stuck in those which is quite unpleasant. But I use Aquila strings on most of my ukes where I don't have this problem and they sound fuller too. So maybe also try some thicker strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snargle View Post
    I frequently find that when I lift my fingers from a fret to change to a different position, the string will "stick" a bit to my fingertip and play an unintended note. It's not particularly loud but it's enough to be noticeable (and irritating), particularly when playing a quiet piece or section. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to reduce or eliminate this audible distraction?
    I have the same issue. I have learnt to slide my fingers off sideways a little when I lift off and it seems to solve it. It’s more obvious when you go up the fretboard as the strings get further away from the fretboard.
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    An obvious solution if the string tends to 'stick' is that you may be fretting harder or more firmly than you need to? I suffered this for ages when I started until I learned to relax and just use the minimum grip required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDog View Post
    An obvious solution if the string tends to 'stick' is that you may be fretting harder or more firmly than you need to? I suffered this for ages when I started until I learned to relax and just use the minimum grip required.
    I think you're correct. It used to happen to me a lot more than it does lately. And I use very thin strings.
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    A little hand lotion before playing may help
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