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Imagine now a French violin sonata with a slow romantic movement that is played high on the G and D-strings, moving up and down a lot over the strings, and lots of chances to nice glissandos,
You are playing this now in a performance, maybe a concert or so.
Suddenly, you realize that the hand sweat (even though you tried drying it off on your clothes before) makes your hand stick. All small position changes are especially tormented, you end up at the wrong place (hence play falsely) and every glissando is abrupted by the friction...and also ends up falsely. Hand sweat creates friction and vertical movement along the violin gets impossible.
How do you handle it? How do you get rid of the hand sweat, or learn to play cleanly despite it?
I don't think it is being nervous. Most people don't have sweat glands on their hands, but some do and that could be a problem in a situation like that. I knew two women that have sweaty hands. It was troublesome for them when they did craft work like cross stitch, embroidery, because they would wet the garment badly. My friend showed me, the sweat was actually dripping off her hands! In her situation she just had a hankie ready, whenever her hands were wet, she wiped them off. In your situations, wiping off your hands is not posible. Have you tried the kind of powder for sweaty feet? That may help if you put some on before you play.
my hands were kinda sweaty today too. i'm thinking fingerless gloves:D
I think nsamusicsupplies actually sell the fingerless gloves, under micelleanous. I have fingerless gloves from michaels art and craft, they are light and comfortable, but never tried them with violin, don't know how it would work.
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