It seems to me that musicians who can play without looking at their hands get more respect in general, because there's this feeling that they've mastered the song/instrument so much that it has become just second nature, and they just rely on muscle memory and let their bodies feel the music, have fun interacting with the band/audience, instead of getting hung up on not making mistakes. However, there are also very accomplished and respected musicians who just stare at their hands most of the time. The genre of music also is a factor, as some genres are so technically demanding that you pretty much have to pay 100% attention to your hands at all times to not make mistakes. How do you feel about this? Is it important to you to be able to play without looking at your hands?