#1
Hey all!

I have found that my fingers are naturally dry, and while playing with my fretting hand, i sometimes experience tremendous friction (and i dont push the frets in that hard!) and that kinda slows me down.
Is there something that i could apply to my fingers to make them glide more? I dont want to ruin the fret board though... so im not too sure if i should just use cream or something.
I know there is a can of something you can use, but i prefer a homemade solution
thanks guys!
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#2
just play and eventually you won't be able to feel much in the tips of ur fingers, so you can slide all over the place on anyones guitar......thats what i do..
#3
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just play and eventually you won't be able to feel much in the tips of ur fingers, so you can slide all over the place on anyones guitar......thats what i do..

i play alot! Everyday for the past 3 years! its not that bad... but i would like the friction to be a little less!
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#4
Just moisturise an hour before you play guitar or something, that might help. Just make sure you wait untill the cream sinks in or you'll get hand cream all over your guitar.
#5
Hand Cream will soften your hands and the strings will proceed to rip the ****e out of your fingertips....

Get some Fast Fret maybe - its stuff you put on your strings, and makes them slippier.

I've never bothered using it myself as I have no problems fretting etc, although a few friends use it, and it definately does work - I don't like the slippyness though lol
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#6
Fast fret would be best. I think water may rust the strings faster. Maybe the friction is being caused by your thumb on the back of the neck?
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Hand Cream will soften your hands and the strings will proceed to rip the ****e out of your fingertips....

Get some Fast Fret maybe - its stuff you put on your strings, and makes them slippier.

I've never bothered using it myself as I have no problems fretting etc, although a few friends use it, and it definately does work - I don't like the slippyness though lol


No it wont, not if you already have callouses. I do hairdressing and have to use hand cream to stop getting disgusting hands from all the contact with chemicals and water everyday. I've never had a problem and I play guitar 2-6 hours a day.
#8
Yes it will...

What you would be using is ****ing barrier or sanitising cream, not a hand cream to moisten or make your hands softer.

Fast Fret or a similar product is all you should use.
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#9
Usually when I play while standing up.. me jamming out and moving around makes me sweat and my fingers get moist that way..
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Quote by mck_776
Yes it will...

What you would be using is ****ing barrier or sanitising cream, not a hand cream to moisten or make your hands softer.

Fast Fret or a similar product is all you should use.



I use E45, which isn't a barrier cream. You use Barrier creams around a persons head when you dye their hair, so they don't get dye on their foreheads or ears etc.
#11
Ya moron... You use barrier creams at that time...


In all seriousness though, this is a guitar forum not a hair salon, and hand moisturizer will do nothing but make your hands greasy, what I recommend it to keep your hands dry, very dry, I find when my hands are moist its harder to play as per when they are dry. Rub your hands down with a towel before your play, and rub the neck of your guitar and the strings, so that any old finger oil is pretty much rubbed off, it wont be completely but give it a try.
#12
Just about anything you put on your fingers or strings will wear off after playing a little while. And its more crap to build up in your strings. I use fast fret but just after Im done playing so the strings will last longer.
#14
Wash your hands before playing (have them DRY before playing though), and regularly change strings.

The only reason I can think of why you're having excess friction is dirty/worn strings. And Fast Fret is greasy garbage, if you ask me.
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I use Fast Fret to make the strings more willing to work WITH me indstead of working AGAINST me. It really helps, but after playing intens for a few hours my hands get naturally sweaty and thereby makes it easier to play fast.
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#16
Use elixir nano or polywebs. Thats what i use they're really slippery and last a pretty good long time. Kind of expensive though
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#17
Fast Fret, but really wipe it down. Personally I don't use it because it tends to be too greasy at first.
#18
It probably depends on how everybodys fingers emit that sticky stuff to grab stuff more easy, for instance like spider and ants have little claws we have that sweat which is grease and sticky, but i tend to have no problem with friction while playing because of this substance. Your fingers should adapt to the new use you are giving them. And eventually you wont have any problems at all.
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#19
god, just because you put a little hand cream on from time to time, it doesnt mean ur fingers are going to be greasy.

you just dont put it on right before you play.

also like said dry hands, and coated strings help.
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#21
Spend hours sliding up and down on the heavy strings like you're jacking the guitar off. Eventually it will burn the tips of your fingers to a point where no amount of friction will hurt you.
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#22
Wash dishes or something. It softens up your hands, moistens them some, gives you a better feel for the guitar.
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switch to flatwounds

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Not really, unwound strings are a pain too.
When I try to do a nice slide in a solo, I always end up pulling the note sharp/flat because of the friction