Maintain your nails
Maintaining your hands and nails is an obvious, but often overlooked aspect of preparation. Aim to keep the fingernails of the fretting hand short to help with easy fretwork. Longer picking-hand nails are essential for certain styles but rough edges can lead to inconsistent tone production. Always keep some clippers and a nail file in your gigbag and wash your hands prior to playing. Clean hands will transmit less dirt to the strings giving you a longer string life and better tone in the long run. Many players now go to nail bars to get their nails ‘gelled’.