Right. I usually file my hardened fingertips to make the hard layer thinner and softer (but not too thin because some hard layer thickness for protecting the fingers is still needed to avoid pain and injury), it helps with the squeaks and makes playing easier in general.SteveL123 wrote:I find the harder your finger tips are (as in dry skin), the louder the squeak.
Yes. Considering they contain many fibres in the middle, they will soak up water by capillary action and be very flat, is my guess. So you'll tune them up, and as they dry they will get sharper and maybe snap.michaeledward64 wrote:I read somewhere, removing your base strings and placing them in hot water for a few minutes, then reinstalling them, reduces string squeak.
I have not tried this.
I think it sounds rather, well, dopey.
Good advice and close to the advice of a private teacher I had back in the day who studied with Able Carlavaro. I can pretty much minimize my squeaking using a somewhat similar method (hard to explain), but I can't get rid of the "creaking" you can get sometimes when you have a hard fingering that is using your three fingers and you have to move the fourth.eno wrote:In general (unless you do bass string glissando on purpose) you need to eliminate the habit of "lazy" right hand sliding along the bass strings and instead develop a "jumping" movement where the fingers softly take off perpendicular to the board and fly slightly above the strings.