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Anyone close their eyes while improvising by themselves?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by fourstringdrums, Nov 9, 2003.

  1. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I've really been struggling lately with improvising, and just playing things that don't sound like what I "usually" play. Actually I've been dealing with this for the last 2 years.

    Anyway, tonight I decided to not look at my hands while I play. To just close my eyes, play and let my ears guide my hands and just go wherever they want. It seemed to work a bit. I tend to play around certain "shapes" on the fretboard if I'm looking at it, and I go to comfort zones or familiar spots on the board.

    I was just interested to see if anyone else does/has done this and how it's worked for them. I'm trying to do all I can to break out of this rut I've been in :)
  2. jawzzz


    May 23, 2003
    Denver Colorado
    I do this quite often. I tend to concetrate too much, so I just relax, close my eyes and go with the feel of the song. I tend to picture the fretboard in my head and translate the notes to where I want to play them.
  3. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Yes. Excellent learning technique. Works great on a fretless too (after about six months of practice) :)