As a bass player I have run into situations where my fingers feel dry or sweaty and it ends up affecting my playing. When the fingers are dry, I end up getting a lot more friction, which has caused blisters in the past but now with better callouses, usually just irritation. When the fingers are sweaty, I don't get enough friction and need to apply more force, which causes similar issues of irritation. Does anyone have any suggestions for some sort of lubricant that can be used for dry fingers? I'm also curious about a powder or other substance that might be good to dry out the sweaty hands/fingers. Ideally I would like something that could dry out the sweat but still allow whatever sort of lubricant to be applied, so not too much leftover powder that will continue to dry out the hands or decrease the effectiveness of the lubricant.
A bass playing friend of mine passed on a useful tip that he had been given a while back but it doesn't work in all situations. The suggestion was to use the natural grease from your nose/forehead/ears/etc. as a lubricant. This has been great other than when I am recently out of the shower (no grease) or at all sweaty, since the sweat will just have the same effect as sweaty hands.
I've also tried Fast-Fret, which seemed good at first but the more I used it the less it seemed to work for me. It basically ended up feeling the same as sweaty hands, that I would need to dig in harder. This seems to be more designed for the fretting hand than the plucking hand.
I have not yet tried out any sort of powder to dry out the sweat but the thing that comes to mind is whatever rock climbers and/or baseball pitchers use.
I would greatly appreciate some suggestions and they definitely don't have to be music products, they could be horse lube for all I care... I just don't want to deal with this anymore and none of my colleagues have any helpful suggestions at this point.
I should also mention that I have a rather aggressive playing style with lots of slapping and dig in pretty hard when playing fingerstyle.