Tricks for keeping fingers from sticking to violin?
I wash my hands EVERY time before I play. But... once I've been playing long enough, the stickiness starts to come where when I try to shift or even lift my fingers, I get unpleasant noises on the fingerboard and less flexibility /freedom of movement with my fingers.
I know many, many people who struggle with this same issue, and I was wondering if you all had any suggestions / ideas for what works for you when you start feeling stickiness to the fingerboard?
Many people have this? How interesting - I have never heard about it. Is it truly common?
I think it’s a humidity issue. Maybe try practicing in a room with air conditioning and lower humidity. Do you have a hygrometer?
Maybe by washing your hands you're removing natural oils that would provide some defense against the stickiness that you're experiencing. You might also try dusting them a little with corn starch baby powder -- of course you risk getting residue from that on your violin.
rosin dust on the left hand fingers?
High-level performing violinists learn to nail stuff, whether the performing conditions lend themselves to stickiness or not. This is part and parcel of being a high-level performing violinist.
How long are you playing before the stickiness starts? Is it from sweat?
KC...If you are washing hands with gel, try ordinary old-fashioned hand soap. Also, when you are putting the violin away, make sure that you wipe the entire length of the strings, and also the neck and fingerboard under the strings, to avoid any build-up of drying moisture, grime, dust.
We still don't know the physical cause of the OP problem. You have to find that out before you can cure it. Same as medicine. I note that several other posters apart from me have also pointed to rosin on the strings. I am wagering it is that, because I don't know what fingertips would exude that is sticky.
I use this when playing outside in humid conditions:
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