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 Post subject: The Squeaky Wheel?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:35 pm 
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Ok, I've recently noticed something that is bothering me and I wonder if anyone else has had this problem or heard of it.

When I'm playing, my right hand makes a squeaky sound, like an old bicycle wheel squeaking. It's really annoying to me, although Lisa said she couldn't hear it until I pointed it out to her.

Anyone know what is up with this? I've tried adjusting my hand position and finger attack, thinking that maybe I changed something there that is causing it, but to no avail. It's not happening with every movement, and it doesn't happen when I slow down, so it's hard to pin-point.

I'm wondering if it is my strings being too old? I'm embarassed to admit that it's been about 8 or 9 months since I last changed them. This set came with any extra string - besides the regular six, it had a carbon treble G string that I opted to put on, just to see if I liked it any better than the nylons. I can't say I do, but that's another discussion. It's only been in the last three or four weeks that this squeaking has been going on, but it's really bothering me.

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Hi Ken,

I'd change my strings and see if that helps. I figure 9 weeks is pretty old at least for the bass strings.
Your post reminded me of a trick of trade I've seen used by Scott Tennant and recently Pepe Romero. It was shown to me by our local guitar society leader. He says they keep a small dab of Vasaline on their guitar and occasionally during performance rub a small amount on their RH finger tips to keep the string noise down.

When I saw Scott Tennant play a recital I was fascinated with his routine between peices, he would reach over the top of his guitar with his right hand to the upper bout above the neck and touch it repeatedly, I though he was adjusting the guitar support attachment, but later found out about the Vasaline trick. I've never tried it being to worried that my fingers will slip.

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Interesting tip, Mike. Thanks for that.

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One more less obvious 'greasing of the fingers' tactic is to gather facial oil from the sides of the nose.


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