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Sep 9, 2019 - 3:50:17 AM

Jimbeaux

Germany

266 posts since 5/24/2016

It's starting to get chilly here in Germany, and my fingers feel cold and stiff as I type. So I wonder what you all do on cold days wether it's light fingerless gloves for a minor chill or something heavier-duty for playing out in the real cold.

I was thinking about those "gloves" that you can put on a baby carriage. They allow the handle to pass through them. That sounds like an option for the bow hand at least...

How does playing out in very cold weather affect the sound of a fiddle or how well the bow works on the strings? Just curious. I've never played outside in the cold before.

Sep 9, 2019 - 4:14:12 AM

68 posts since 11/28/2018

I usually like the sound and feel of the fiddle better in cool conditions but I think it's related more to the lower humidity than to the temperature ............ or maybe it's just because I'm getting numb

Sep 9, 2019 - 4:36:18 AM

Swing

USA

1915 posts since 6/26/2007

Fingerless gloves..yes they are made or you can cut the fingers off a pair of knit gloves, about half way

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Sep 9, 2019 - 6:38:09 PM

332 posts since 8/10/2017

The kind of fingerless gloves where there's just a thumb and a big hole for the rest of your hand work the best. But a friend of mine can actually play her fiddle with full gloves on. They're thin possum down gloves, I think, but still, they're full gloves with all the fingers all the way to the ends.

Sep 9, 2019 - 7:54:05 PM

2344 posts since 9/13/2009

It can get pretty cool here, esp if wind kicks up; even in summer... we came up with some great solutions.

1. Wood... ignite and you have fire. Propane works as well, as we have been in more and more fire bans.
2. We also discovered, shelter, buildings (great invention). Go inside. Pretty much solves issue.
 

Of course sometimes it's a paid gig outside. Keep moving, (feet, legs), the blood circulating helps a lot. I find the mittens that have a flap over the the fingers are a little better; for the bow hand, don't even have to pull it all way back, can hold the bow via just the slit opening.  Hand warmers work, but usually make my  hands too hot. I've seen some type of heater wire gloves (battery). 

Edited by - alaskafiddler on 09/09/2019 19:56:00

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:37:36 AM

332 posts since 8/10/2017

quote:
Originally posted by alaskafiddler

It can get pretty cool here, esp if wind kicks up; even in summer... we came up with some great solutions.

1. Wood... ignite and you have fire. Propane works as well, as we have been in more and more fire bans.
2. We also discovered, shelter, buildings (great invention). Go inside. Pretty much solves issue.


Next thing you're going to tell us is you've invented the wheel. cheeky

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:18:03 PM

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I often busk in cold weather..I find that I buying cheap gloves, and cutting out the fingertips works well..

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:15:23 PM
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boxbow

USA

2394 posts since 2/3/2011

Somebody is going to have to tell me what you mean by cold. 50's? 40's? If you're out in the 30's, I have to agree with Alaska. The 40's are marginal, but I'd worry more about my fiddle. Wear a hat.

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:24:42 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by boxbow

Somebody is going to have to tell me what you mean by cold. 50's? 40's? If you're out in the 30's, I have to agree with Alaska. The 40's are marginal, but I'd worry more about my fiddle. Wear a hat.


I like to busk if it hits 50, ...but DO need gloves..

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:09:06 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

45 posts since 9/1/2019

Cold =mid 70s. Living in the tropics can do that to people lol. Although it didn't stop me from playing in the snow in France wearing jeans and a T shirt...... and then hiking barefoot...... maybe I'm not so bright?

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:26:39 PM

2344 posts since 9/13/2009

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver
quote:
Originally posted by boxbow

Somebody is going to have to tell me what you mean by cold. 50's? 40's? If you're out in the 30's, I have to agree with Alaska. The 40's are marginal, but I'd worry more about my fiddle. Wear a hat.


I like to busk if it hits 50, ...but DO need gloves..


I thought the OP meant cold.

Playing around a campfire on Iditarod trail in March (1989?)
probably mild 20's F. No gloves, but as per boxbow suggestion wear a hat, the banjo players has special hat for added protection. 


 

More typical summer mountain festival lighter attire. (no longjohns). 

Sitting around jamming earlier in day. Warm dry feet play a role in keeping warm - Insulated xtra-tufs and wool socks. Beer cozy's are a good idea, so your hand doesn't get cold.

  

Playing outdoor stage 1am (around 40F IIRC), but Infrared heaters are awesome. 

      

 

Edit, remebered this photo. Not a festival, and is some type of tent shelter; I think on Ruth Glacier... climbing Denali. 

Edited by - alaskafiddler on 09/11/2019 16:46:07

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:31:53 PM

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George, you guys are NUTS...laugh

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