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How do you deal with sweaty hands? #2949681 02/21/20 02:34 AM
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My hands sweat profusely when I play the piano. It's not just a tiny bit of sweat, it's so much that my hands are sliding all over the place. You can see all the sweat on the keys, and wiping it off doesn't work for long since my hands will just make more. Does anyone have any ideas for how I can counteract this? Should I get a really absorbent handkerchief or make sure I am a little cold before playing?

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Re: How do you deal with sweaty hands? [Re: PracticingPianist] #2949690 02/21/20 03:49 AM
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You could use magnesia as do gymnasts.
But our will put a lot of white on the piano...

I sweat, strangely, when I am cold.
Then I wash my hands with hot water, and if its too cold anyway, I use a hairdryer to warm up my hands.


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Re: How do you deal with sweaty hands? [Re: PracticingPianist] #2949713 02/21/20 05:52 AM
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Use an antiperspirant (containing aluminium chloride hexahydrate 20%) which should be on sale in your local drugstore/pharmacy.


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Re: How do you deal with sweaty hands? [Re: PracticingPianist] #2949882 02/21/20 04:47 PM
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Use a towel.


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Re: How do you deal with sweaty hands? [Re: PracticingPianist] #2950383 02/23/20 01:26 AM
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I don't have that problem for the most part, but sometimes my hands get sweaty when I'm doing a live performance and I'm nervous. I've found this stuff (hand antiperspirant) works great in those cases.


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Re: How do you deal with sweaty hands? [Re: PracticingPianist] #2950850 02/24/20 07:07 AM
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Does this happen all the time or just when you get a bit anxious sometimes? Occasionally my hands tend to do this and it can be quite hard as it’s like skating on ice. The slower pieces are generally easier with sweaty hands. I think with confidence improving, you might see this happen less and less. If it’s when performing to an audience, the only way would be to continue to do this until you build that confidence.


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