Sticky fingers resulting from outdoor gigs and/or some HVAC systems can be a show killer, particularly with some brands of coated strings. Wash your hands with a liberal dose of soap and very hot water followed by a lengthy session with a hand dryer and lots of paper towels. Once you remove all the moister from your hands, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer (which you always carry in your pocket for evaporation purposes). Always wash your hands in this manner just prior to walking on stage; otherwise, don’t wash them at all. Wet hands will quickly turn sticky.