Many of my recent gigs are outside (thanks to Covid). Last week, I played an outside gig after a day of storms. The humidity was ridiculous, but we forged on. No matter how much I washed my hands, my fingers would not glide over the keys and stick on grace notes. The same happened when playing guitar. This has been a recurring issue at outdoor gigs for all my 55 years of performing.
I was thinking, what if I used a light layer of cornstarch, or baby powder on my hands? My first thought was, would it fall between the keys and cause some damage to the controller? My guitar and bass players use WD-40 or “finger ease”, but I do not want that on my keys or strings.
Last nights gig gave me another recurring experience. The temperature plummeted to 49 degrees F. Apparently, the dew point was also the same temperature. My keys were covered in a layer of moisture. No matter how many towel wipings I made, the water would not go away. My fingers were sliding into unintended notes. I covered everything during break. At the end of the night, I DID NOT pack my controllers or laptop into their bags. Today, they are in front of a fan today, hopefully drying out.
If anyone has some ideas on this, or other outdoor experiences, I would appreciate some possible “fixes”