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Hey guitarists: another use for rosin!
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KindaScratchy
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November 11, 2012 - 7:34 pm
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I devoted some extra time tonight to playing my guitar because I've been neglecting it lately. It was bugging me that the pick was feeling slippery in my fingers, probably because my fingers were cold. I tried licking them but that didn't help much.

Then, it dawned on me...what if I put some rosin on my fingers?

It worked like a charm!

Now, you fellow guitarists may be thinking: duh, we figured that out a long time ago.

Or, others might be thinking: that's not a good idea...you'll get oil from your fingers on the rosin, which will keep it from adhering to the bow hairs.

So that won't be an issue, I'll either sacrifice the block of cheap rosin that came with my violin or I'll rough up the side of my good rosin just for pick-finger purposes.

Thought I'd share my epiphany in case it helps someone else with slippery fingers. This could have applications beyond guitar playing.

jimi-hendrix

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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KindaScratchy said
I devoted some extra time tonight to playing my guitar because I've been neglecting it lately. It was bugging me that the pick was feeling slippery in my fingers, probably because my fingers were cold. I tried licking them but that didn't help much.

Then, it dawned on me...what if I put some rosin on my fingers?

It worked like a charm!

Now, you fellow guitarists may be thinking: duh, we figured that out a long time ago.

Or, others might be thinking: that's not a good idea...you'll get oil from your fingers on the rosin, which will keep it from adhering to the bow hairs.

So that won't be an issue, I'll either sacrifice the block of cheap rosin that came with my violin or I'll rough up the side of my good rosin just for pick-finger purposes.

Thought I'd share my epiphany in case it helps someone else with slippery fingers. This could have applications beyond guitar playing.

jimi-hendrix

If you are going to sacrifice that cheap rosin, I'd recommend pulverizing it for guitar pick use.  To do that, put it into a cloth bag (or wrap with cloth) and start tapping on it with a hammer.  You probably want to use a piece of plywood or something you don't mind hitting as an under-surface.  A little bit goes a long way.

If you have better rosin for your bow, you'll never want to use the cheap stuff ever again, so you won't miss it at all.

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