When did you stop looking at your fret hand?

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  1. stratelespaul

    stratelespaul Strat-O-Master

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    Most if not all of us are familiar with the basic first position chords and don't think twice about where the fretboard hand is positioned but, does there come a time when all get so comfy that we don't even look at the board while playing?

    I'm comfy like that but, I still mainly keep my eyes on the fret hand because I'm still afraid of looking at the audience...a type of stage fright I think.

    So, do any of you play fluidly without even thinking/looking at where your fret hand is?
    Best to all
     
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    I don't need to look at what notes I'm hitting, but if I move long distances I need to look to hit the starting fret position right. I'm about 50/50 on being on the correct fret if I don't when moving 10 or more frets. Add to that... I've started playing an SG recently - that will throw you off a bit on major movements.
     
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    StratoMutt Most Honored Senior Member

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    I still look a lot. Not so much for open chords.
     
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    I can but I lije to look at the fretboard...I like dots too!I even had to add them to my fave acoustic/electric.
     
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    stratelespaul Strat-O-Master

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    Yeah! I seem to like the dots/(insert whatever here) too, but I also like the clean look of nothing on the fretboard. Side markers are a must have...for me.
     
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    I've been playing for like 27 years and I still can't play without looking.....
     
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    Thinking? No, I often think of what I'm doing.
    Looking? Generally I don't need to look, though I might...if the initial voicing I'm intending, employs a fingering that's not common to me, then I may glance briefly at my hand to confirm I've got it...
     
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    I couldn't play a PRS because of the birds vs. dots. They're out there waving their wings all over the place. Throws my brain's positioning algorithm way off.

    Hey look ^, I managed to use "they're", "there", and "their" all in the same sentence!
     
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    Never. I don't stare at it. But, never.
     
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    Woah, we're not supposed to look at our hands?
     
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    Favorite acoustic. Don't have any issues playing it with no dots. Thought I would at first. I also had a Bich that was markerless. Still look at what I am doing most of the time but I watch video of myself and am surprised how much I don't look.

    If you ever see one of these Ibanez Exotic Arts for sale go for it they extremely well made IMO and sound great.

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    I am constantly lookin at my left hand -- unless Im looking at my right hand, lol (bottom line is I still have to look)
     
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    Let's see
    No meat inside the skin of my left fingers due to inattention to
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    Two fingers cut off and sewed back on....
    Hell
    Looking does little good...
    Still i do it

    Can't do barre chords
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    +1 on those Ibanez EW models. I had one for a few years but sold it when I downsized everything. I miss that guitar a lot as it was a lot of quality for the money and I'm now without an acoustic. When I bought it I was a bit nervous due to it only having the 12th fret marker but I got used to it pretty quick. It does have side markers if needed.

    To the OP, I don't stare at my hands but I definitely take a peak now and then; more so if I'm playing a song that's new to me. Even more if it's a particularly difficult passage.
     
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    After 50+ years, maybe tomorrow. Maybe. :thumb:
     
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    I watch my hands. And shut my eyes and listen . I can’t play in the dark
     
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    I look when I need to and don’t think too much about it.
     
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    If I’m playing stuff I’m familiar with, or doing improvised soloing/jamming, I don’t really look at my hands. I might be better off if I DID look at my hands more, but I usually find myself looking elsewhere. Maybe I’m ADD or something, it’s not something I consciously do. But if I’m playing unusual chord shapes, then I usually have to look at my fretting hand.
     
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    Depends on what I'm playing, but I play quite a lot without looking. In the early 70s, I was playing "Dueling Banjos" - both parts - and my roommate, who had been following on his guitar, got frustrated and flipped off the light. I kept right on playing, without missing a beat. When the light came back on, he was flippin' me the bird with both hands... :)

    I'll add that one reason I don't look is that, even on stage, I'm often playing with my eyes closed, or nearly so, especially when I'm feeling the music. However, in my avatar photo, I'm actually looking at the fretboard. Have no idea what I was playing at the time.