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Offline guitarmanuk

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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2008, 02:37:06 PM »
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My hands get clammy and sweaty when I play live, especially under hot lights.  I try and wash my hands before I play as it gets rid of the dirt off my fingers and my hands warm up a bit and start dry.  Between songs I just have to keep wiping my hands on a beer cloth.   It is not ideal but it helps. I like Jazzrat's idea and I may even try that.  Its a bit like climbers having a chalk bag.

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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2008, 09:45:10 PM »
Maybe try one of those rosen bags that a pitcher uses in baseball--their hands have to be non-slip.  Dunno how long that sort of fix might work tho, those baseball guys seem to be using them like between every other batter or even more often.

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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2008, 02:54:05 AM »
The UK climate is quite damp, and encourages sticky hands.  I always wash my hands before every set, and dry them well.  The paper towels and hot air hand driers which you find in most venues don't help, nor do the skin conditioners in hand washing liquids.  I use as little soap as possible, rinse well, and always carry my own cotton towel to dry my hands properly.  On hot sticky nights I also use the towel on stage between numbers.

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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2008, 11:38:43 AM »
3 alternate ideas - an antiperspirant, applied to the hands. Just like in the pits. Second, there are prescription antiperspirants (Aluminum Chloride, brand names DrySol and Xerac AC) that can reduce the sweating. Third, the class of medications called beta blockers block the effect of adrenaline. Symphony players have the biggest reputation for their use, but the key is that they have little-to-no effect mentally (though some more than others and your mileage may vary). The last two require a trip to the doc, who may have other ideas and need to check you out before any prescription med is advised.

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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2008, 02:54:16 PM »
Hey Simon, I've held off posting until now because I'm one of those people who has no fear of speaking (or playing) in front of others (ask the guys on the Factory Tour).  So when I get clammy hands, it's never psychological, it's always environmental.  I try to get my body to make the transition from clammy to sweaty, so that everything will slicken up and loosen up, then I'm fine.  So I guess my approach is similar to Bill's - get the blood pumping.

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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2008, 06:27:19 PM »
Just so's you know - I want to clarify that I was not talking about performance anxiety. I was talking more about self awareness to the acute and the need to constantly analyze everything about oneself. Constant questioning about validity, dexterity, acuity, etc. It's more of a general thing that has nothing to do with fear, but with a mind that can't shut itself down. A mind functioning like this will cause mild to severe physical issues, including clammy hands. I know, cuz this was me. A few years as an alcoholic, then Transcendental Meditation, or anything that gets the mind off of itself can cure what are perceived to be a great many physical ailments.

I am not diagnosing - I am saying that if you see yourself in this mode, then please don't discount this as a possible solution.

OK, now I am shutting up.

Bob

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« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2008, 06:44:56 PM »
Oh Bob we don't want ya shuttin up on us. :) Your point is well taken.  Yes I can be very cruel in my perfectionistic ways and my never ending quest to improve in measureable quantities. I infact do meditate, read Daliah Lama, Deepak Chopra. I have these really cool deep state Brain Sync meditation CDs in MP3 that you HAVE to use headphones to get the effect, It's a very cool experience. I'm on the path Bob I'll check myself along the way to make sure I'm not headed for the edge.  [;)]

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« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2008, 09:01:45 PM »
Thank you, Simon. I just wanted some positive attention... that's my thing I am working on. [;)]

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