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Is lotion or moisturizer necessary?
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February 15, 2015 - 7:15 pm
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When I play my hands are dry and its hard to do vibrato and press the strings down with full force, is it necessary to use small amount of lotion or any moisturizer? :-(

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If you feel better by doing so, it's not bad thing. Keep in mind that you shouldn't put too much lotion/moisture, otherwise you might end up damaging your instrument.

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IS there an echo in here? in here?

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Ripton said
IS there an echo in here? in here?

Hahaha your funny XD i just want this topic to stand out

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augustoad said
If you feel better by doing so, it's not bad thing. Keep in mind that you shouldn't put too much lotion/moisture, otherwise you might end up damaging your instrument.

Yes I feel better but as I play after 10 mins my hand get wet also. But thanks for your response august, Ima go use lotion still

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I also have dry hands most of the time due to painting and do crochet with wire but I rarely use moisturizer because I hate the feeling of greasyness. So instead, when needed, I use a little amount of baby powder to smooth them before playing violin. For me, it works better. 

 
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How about using lotion way before you are going to practice?  That way the lotion can really soak in and not get all over your instrument?

Hand then wet?  Maybe the lotion you are using is not quite right?  

Also it really does work to put gloves on after using lotion to soften your hands. When I put on gloves it reduces that greasy feeling, at least for me.

Hold the phone!!  How about putting on the lotion and using the fingerless gloves? http://www.bandmans.com/long-w.....10010.html

I am a gardener and I NEVER worried about my hands. Never wore gloves weeding, trimming, working with stone, planting trees, etc.  My hands were stained, had small cuts and scrapes, all beat up!   Last summer now that I am playing fiddle I wore gardening gloves!!

Interesting thought on the baby powered!

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@Schaick , those rare moments I use a moisturizer are before sleep just to prevent myself from washing my hands afterwards  XD They don't look dry as in flaky or something like that, just feel a bit rough after the constant cleaning from painting or the wire work. 

I wouldn't use it when/before playing because it could leave the strings a bit messy if you start to sweat like antreidez said. And you wouldn't want it to accidentally touch the bow hair neither :/ 

 
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