Whenever I see someone performing, looking at the fingerboard while playing, I think "rookie." It's not that I'm a snob, it just looks bad to me when I see this, especially from a bassist. Isn't doing this sort of taboo? It seems to me that the only ones that should do this are guitarists during a solo. When I play at home, I usually stare at the fingerboard when I'm playing. However, when I play live, I only glance once during the changes. In fact, I practice doing single string octave slides without looking. Sometimes I land on the 12th fret, sometimes not. So, what do y'all think? Issue? Not an issue? What do you do? On a side note, I notice a lot of singers/guitarists almost close their eyes when they play on stage. Are they secretly looking down at their fingers?