Playing guitar/bass without looking
I have been told to learn how to do that, and I am not sure if it's really important for someone like me. Is it important? IF it is, how does one go about learning how to do it?
I can't seem to find a way to even get started. As soon as I look away, I get buzzing and misses, I can't even do a major scale up and down without looking. That's because i'm still trying to get my hands to stretch enough to easily do one finger per fret, and I find looking at my hands and fretboard allows me to make the bigger stretches, and make sure I land in the right place.
How does someone begin dealing with those big one finger per fret stretches, and do it without looking? Is it even important enough to bother? These are my questions!!!
Edited by Girard on 27-05-2016 05:09
Regarding the fret-spanning stretches, especially on bass, you don't have to use the same fingering as everyone else. When playing bass I use my pinky more than my ring finger. It's actually the stronger of the two. So I'll reach from the first to third fret with my pinky. It's not like I need my ring finger there anyway. Also, slightly rolling/pivoting your hand helps. Your thumb should be in the center of the back of the neck but not pushing too hard against it. You pivot from the point until you need to move up or down the neck.
If you think "where is my next fret?" you will miss it for shure. This means you are concentrated to this question which means you are concentrated to fear and not to the music itself or the audience or the band members.
Same would happen to a singer if she/he would think on which beat to start in which pitch.
Recording situations are the same. You don't need to be perfect but authentic.
Some people got this talent easier than others. They concentrate on the important thing: their message.
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