I have a tip you will thank me for later, and it’s all about right hand fingerstyle guitar technique.
Don’t wash your face before you play a gig.
Yes that’s right. Don’t wash your face.
It’s a great tip that my classical teacher showed me when I was 15 years old, and somehow my memory served it up the other night as I was going on stage.
Sometimes when you perform, you’ll find that your hands and guitar get sticky. Yes, if you are not used to it, it can freak you out and make you nervous.
Here’s what happens to me a lot of the time:
The audience finds their seats. So now, lets say 100 people or more are sitting a room and everyone is breathing for 25 minutes, and windows maybe are not open.
Trust me, it gets hot and sticky.
If you are coming in from a place (maybe backstage) where it was relatively cooler and dryer, the sticky-ness will descend upon you and your guitar very suddenly. YUCK!
If this happens to you, try this (I only do it with my right hand finger tips, not the left.)
Rub your fingertips (or fingernails) on your greasy nose. Yes, get that grease & oil all over your finger tips. Then rub your fingertips together (one hand only) to spread that lovely nose grease evenly all over the tips – where the strings will touch.
(Try this now if you are at home.)
Now, go to play your guitar and watch with amazement as your fingers slip off the strings more easily.
Cool, huh? You just beat the sticky-ness at least for a few minutes.
And – after the gig, you can wash your face.
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