Sweaty hands, dropping bow

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Edward said: Jun 2, 2016
Edward Obermueller
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Morris Plains, NJ
17 posts

One of my (viola) students has a problem with abnormally and severely sweaty hands. It causes her bow to slip and even drop out of her hand, and it affects her playing because she is constantly self conscious and compensating by gripping too hard. She has to stop playing frequently and wipe her hands on a cloth.

Anyone else experienced this problem? I realize this is probably a medical issue that she needs to get checked out, but I’m wondering if there is anything else I can help her with, or that she can do to create a more secure grip on her bow?

Happy practicing,
Edward

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Paula Bird said: Jun 2, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I have the opposite problem: my hands are rather dry and therefore slippery on the bow. Here is what I have done to make me feel secure when playing. It may affect the sound, but I figure it’s in a good way because I have a rich tone.

I have a small piece of latex tubing on the bow stick. It involves putting a teeny drop of polish inside the tube to make it slip on the bow easier. You can ask the shop to help you do that too. Latex tubing is very inexpensive at the hardware store. I think I spent $.19 for a 3 foot segment. This tubing keeps my index finger from sliding forward on the bow.

And my most favorite trick of all is to wrap a number 32 rubber band around the frog and bow stick. I placed mine right around the center of the frog or where the eyelet usually is. Then I am able to use this for my pinky to feel secure. Students with very large hands may alter the placement of the rubber band closer to the end of the frog next to the screw. This rubber band acts as a non-slip bath mat for the pinkie. Since adding this type of set up on my bow, I have been completely relaxed and secure about the bow.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
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Edward said: Jun 10, 2016
Edward Obermueller
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Morris Plains, NJ
17 posts

Here is some info on treating hyperhidrosis I found:

https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/dry-sweaty-skin/hyperhidrosis

Happy practicing,
Edward

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11 Holloway Place
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
201-274-5782

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