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#1
Is this generally considered a negative thing? I know people say that you shouldn't look at you guitar the whole time while you're playing live, but at my gig I moved around plenty and still looked at my guitar a lot.

If you have technical crazy parts it makes sense, but should I work on not looking at my guitar while I'm playing, at least most of the time?

What do you guys do?
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#3
Nah man. Looking cool is first priority, sounding good is second.
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#4
I sing, so it's hard to look at my fretboard at the same time.

It's more engaging if you're looking into the crowd, unless you're in a more artsy fartsy shoegaze band.
#5
The more you practice the songs you're playing, the more your muscles will remember where they have to be to play the notes, the less you'll have to look down.
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#6
Sorry, I'm too busy jumping off of shit and running around to look at my guitar
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#7
You can glance at your fret board or the dots on the side of the neck without looking all "wat da fuk fret do I play at?" If you suddenly and deliberately glare down at your fret board it makes it look like you done goofed big time.

You could practice your songs without looking at your fret board. I say do that every day for a week and you'll improve big time. I know beginning upright bass players that practice in pitch dark. Forces them to use their ear to know if they are right or wrong instead of their eyes. But that's more of an intonation thing.
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#9
Depends on what kind of music you are playing.
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#11
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I sing, so it's hard to look at my fretboard at the same time.

This.
I'm forced to play standing in front of the mic, looking at the crowd.

But yeah, looking too much at your guitar is not very good, unless you're playing really technical stuff.
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#12
It's alright if you glance at your guitar a few times while you're playing, but don't be staring at it, the audience doesn't wanna see the top view of your hairdo, they wanna see your beautiful face.
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#14
Look at your guitar for solos and what not, everyone does that live (Kirk Hammet) and during normal verses or chorus, you don't have to look down.
#15
I play metal of multiple styles and I have some notey parts at times. I sing in one song so I look at the audience. I look out a lot, but sometimes, especially transitions, I at least glance at my fretboard.
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#17
I usually try and stare at one person so intently that they get freaked out and leave. Probably helps that I perform wearing nothing but my Superman socks
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#18
as long as it's just like you looking at the neck for a solo or something you're fine but the less you need to look the better
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If I was a good vocalist or had a wireless setup I would totally go and get in people's faces while playing a gig and look all threatening.
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#20
Playing stuff like protest the hero and dream theater I have to look at my fretboard for the hard parts, I just make sure I get real close to the crowd so they see my crazy fingers :p
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#21
I usually just glance down to see where my hand is in relation to the next thing I have to play, if it's at the other end of the neck or something.
When I'm learning stuff I'm sat down with my face about 6 inches away from my left hand anyway, so it gets ingrained in my head.
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If I was a good vocalist or had a wireless setup I would totally go and get in people's faces while playing a gig and look all threatening.

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#23
I only look when I have to play a particularly difficult part of a song, otherwise I don't need to.
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#24
I just do what's natural and I like to look at the audience too, as well as other musicians... But me; 'I just do 'what's natural.'
#25
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I sing, so it's hard to look at my fretboard at the same time.

It's more engaging if you're looking into the crowd, unless you're in a more artsy fartsy shoegaze band.


It's also acceptable to be a shoegazer if you play in a doom or drone sort of band.
#26
If you are playing Jazz or Classical, it is impossible to play it without looking. Most Metal is pretty simple and lazy even in comparison, so you can get away with it there.
#27
It's more important to play well than to look cool. if you can't do both, look at the guitar. if you're serious about music that is. If you just want to pose you can play something easy and be able to look up anyway.
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If you are playing Jazz or Classical, it is impossible to play it without looking. Most Metal is pretty simple and lazy even in comparison, so you can get away with it there.


When I play jazz or classical, I tend to look at the chord sheet or the score.

But that's just me. And probably everyone else.
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If you are playing Jazz or Classical, it is impossible to play it without looking. Most Metal is pretty simple and lazy even in comparison, so you can get away with it there.


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Not at all, why?
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When I play jazz or classical, I tend to look at the chord sheet or the score.

But that's just me. And probably everyone else.
Everyone I know or see playing it, seldom use scores and just play around the feel of it.
#32
I usually look at everyone who's performing with me most of the time, but I do look at my guitar a lot. Then again I'm not very good at playing music, so don't take my word for it.
#33
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Everyone I know or see playing it, seldom use scores and just play around the feel of it.


If you played Four Seasons 'around the feel of it' rather than the score, you will be out of that orchestra before you get to the end of bar 16.
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Not at all, why?Everyone I know or see playing it, seldom use scores and just play around the feel of it.


I thought you meant playing an actual song.
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#35
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I thought you meant playing an actual song.
When I was referring to Metal? No, I stand by what I wrote. In comparison to Classical and Jazz, Metal does not take a whole lot of mental effort. Most rhythm sections in Metal consist of very basic patterns that you can play in your sleep, thus, you do not have to really pay attention. Metal takes a little bit more physical energy to perform than Jazz, though not by much. However the mental effort put into performing Metal pales in comparison to Jazz or Classical.
#37
I don't really look at the guitar too much. I just glance at it if there's an awkward chord or if I'm busy melting faces while I shred,

No I'm joking. I don't shred. I'm a decent human being.
#38
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I sing, so it's hard to look at my fretboard at the same time.

It's more engaging if you're looking into the crowd, unless you're in a more artsy fartsy shoegaze band.


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#39
Looking at the fretboard is fine, breh. What really makes you look like a knob is when you constantly look back and forth between your fretting hand and your picking hand.


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When I was referring to Metal? No, I stand by what I wrote. In comparison to Classical and Jazz, Metal does not take a whole lot of mental effort. Most rhythm sections in Metal consist of very basic patterns that you can play in your sleep, thus, you do not have to really pay attention. Metal takes a little bit more physical energy to perform than Jazz, though not by much. However the mental effort put into performing Metal pales in comparison to Jazz or Classical.



What an ignorant generalization. All three genres of very simple tunes, as well as very difficult ones.
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Looking at the fretboard is fine, breh. What really makes you look like a knob is when you constantly look back and forth between your fretting hand and your picking hand.


Now that you mention it, I don't recall ever looking at my fretting hand while playing live
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