Playing Blind

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  1. DavidGilmour

    DavidGilmour Strat-Talker

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    Good morning folks

    last night i thought i would try playing blind for about 2 hours, i put my face covering over my eyes and attempted to play without the ability to see the fretboard. I would say that im 90% accurate playing blind and 10% was missed fret position for bar some bar chords..

    i think ill continue to do this more as a practice method, i certainly felt more connected to the strings with this method.

    has anyone tried playing blind before to see how accurate your playing is based on feel alone?
     
  2. Boubou

    Boubou Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I prefer to play deaf, I sound much better.
    Tried a few times, it should be part of my routine to at least try it a bit at a time (the playing blind that is)
     
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    This really does require a video of said blind-playing.
     
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    Yea, I've tried, but unsuccessfully. I have always had a strong need for eye-hand coordination while playing. And I've also always known that was a weakness and could lead to trouble. That trouble is here now. My vision has always been poor, but now in my dotage the problem is getting worse, especially with my left eye. Depth perception isn't what it used to be, and I'm noticing it mostly with attempts at right hand fretting. I can still hit the right fret most of the time, but am often off a string. Oh well...
     
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    i played blind drunk several times.
     
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    Being a vocalist calls for a whole lot of playing without peeking and even having my eyes closed at times but no, I've never played guitar or bass blindfolded.

    There are however other pursuits where a blindfold can be an added attraction. :)
     
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    Ha ha, so did I Heltershelton
    We played a big place once which had an over ambitious lighting man . He flooded the stage with all red lights for one song , couldn't see a damn thing on a rosewood fretboard, no strings, frets, nothing
     
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    Not with something over eyes. I play in a dark room sometimes. Pitch Black no lights at all. But I noodle or practice certain things without looking. I watch TV and never turn my head while working out arpeggios, chords or scales.... see how long I can go without looking.
     
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    I practice that way so I don't look like a good. An occasional glance down is ok by me but if I were playing live I prefer to minimize that.
     
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    Some people do it all the time .

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    I don't look at my hands much but glancing down once in a while to keep an eye on things is no big deal either.
     
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    As a newbie, playing blind is useful. I play the song normal for awhile to get used to the chord location, but then I turn off the light and play. This method helps with muscle memory and it also helps develop an ear for music. I feel like somewhere down the line, I will have more confidence if I'm not having to look down all the time to see where my fingers are landing.
     
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    Stages with no lights either by design, an over ambitious lighting man or a failure, a light right in my eyes, strobes that made me want to puke...

    I played with my eyes tight shut many a time. :confused:
     
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    I strongly prefer to see the dots easy to mess up without them!
     
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    A lot of stuff is easy to play blind, the kinda linear approach of many fast power chord tunes can be difficult.
     
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    Mary Spender has a vid for beginner guitarist and one of her recommendations to to regularly practice blindfolded or with closed eyes (tip 11).
    Seems like just about anyone that is going to perform live should be able to do this for most songs, particularly if you have to sing and play at the same time.

     
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