#1
The topic: is it better to practice with your eyes closed?

I was trying to play a song that i started learning short ago. I'm far from playing it correctly, but i've been practicing it a lot.
I closed my eyes and nothing changed for a while, but i started to feel some kind of "sense", I guess it could be the muscle memory (wich I know nothing about, that's why I said "could"), or it could be that I just blazed and I'm very high (yet insightfull).

And this made me think that there COULD be some kind of benefit in practicing with your eyes closed.

Tomorrow I'll pick up a riff with decent difficulty to practice with my eyes opened and another one with my eyes closed for a few days (till weekend probably) and then I'll compare the results.
I invite you all to do the same experiment (or another one about the same topic) and share the results so we can see the average of people who find it helpfull.

Who's with me?
#3
Real guitarists gouge their eyes out on stage, so you're theory seems viable.
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I started taking it seriously a few months ago, but I´ve been playing like 3 years.

EDIT: why do you ask?
#5
I learned Plug In Baby today, and after I felt like I had memorized it properly, I tried it with my eyes closed for a few minutes, nailed it yet again, and didn't bother closing them anymore, since I got it down.
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#6
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I started taking it seriously a few months ago, but I´ve been playing like 3 years.

EDIT: why do you ask?


Not trying to sound like a dick, but after a while you learn to do it without even realizing it. I found out after I tried playing in the dark.
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#7
Why hinder yourself? Unless you're planning on losing your vision, there's really no reason to do this.

Muscle memory will develop by itself, there's nothing your vision can do about it.
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#8
Yeah it sure does feel good with your eyes closed...


...wait we ARE talking about guitars right?
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#9
Quote by travislausch
Yeah it sure does feel good with your eyes closed...


...wait we ARE talking about guitars right?


Yes lol, but now that you mention it, it could be the same for every instrument and even other activities.
#10
its definitely better to know what you're doing...

but after a while it wont matter you'll be able to just do it
#11
I just randomly tried doing that one day, and found that I could.
Most likely muscle memory, but still. Makes me feel good, like I know what I'm doing.
I think it's time for a change.



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#13
Quote by sk8ordie97
your experiment fails. if you practice with your eyes open first, you will learn the song, so when you practice eyes closed, you will think it works better

You fail for not reading the post thoroughly. He's going to try two different riffs, one with eyes closed and one with eyes open. A control and a variable. Try again.
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#14
Quote by §ArmyofAngels§
You fail for not reading the post thoroughly. He's going to try two different riffs, one with eyes closed and one with eyes open. A control and a variable. Try again.


Exactly .
#16
Quote by §ArmyofAngels§
You fail for not reading the post thoroughly. He's going to try two different riffs, one with eyes closed and one with eyes open. A control and a variable. Try again.

well if its two different riffs the experiment still wont work because the riffs are different

either way whichever one he does second will seem better because the previous practice improved his playing
#17
Quote by sk8ordie97
well if its two different riffs the experiment still wont work because the riffs are different


Yeah i forgot to say that they will be similar in difficulty.

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either way whichever one he does second will seem better because the previous practice improved his playing


How much can I improve by learning a riff? Anyway I'm planning to learn them both at the same time (a bit of practice for both each day), I didn't post that kind of details cause I forgot that some people are desperated to find flaws in everything that other people say / do (no offense).

I would apreciate if you stop being so cynic. We all know this will never prove anything at 100%, but if we get a lot of feedback we could find out something interesting (or not, I'll take the risk).
#18
I read Total Guitar while practising boring picking exersizes.-seriously
It stops me getting bored while im trying to build technique.
Anybody read while playing?


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#19
think about this way...

what about blind guitarists?

they never used their eyes.


i sometimes slide my bandana over my eyes and run scales.
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