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post Sep 17 2008, 02:05 PM
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Just a quick question about placing my fretting hand in the correct position.

I'm practacing both the beginners power chords and Andrews Smoke on the water riff.

I am pleased with my progress so far, after 1 week it actually sounds similar to how it's supposed to sound biggrin.gif however, I have to keep looking at where my left hand is, to make sure I am fretting in the correct place. I have noticed if I don't keep looking, I tend to move away from the fretting positions.

Am I doing something wrong? should I be constantly playing it really slowly? or is it just I haven't been playing long enough so that my hand knows where to go?

Is this something that all new guitarists go through or am I doing something wrong huh.gif .

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I belive everybody goes throght this... it come with time and practise


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post Sep 17 2008, 02:13 PM
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That is perfectly ok to look where your left hand is or even right!! And it really depends what lick you are playing to be able to play it blind..We often look at our left hand when changing positions (or chords), especially if a larger jump on fretboard is required - in order not to miss the fret/chord...You will see as you develop your skill that you will be able to play more and more things blindly...


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post Sep 17 2008, 02:23 PM
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QUOTE (CompleteNewbie @ Sep 17 2008, 10:05 AM) *
Just a quick question about placing my fretting hand in the correct position.

I'm practacing both the beginners power chords and Andrews Smoke on the water riff.

I am pleased with my progress so far, after 1 week it actually sounds similar to how it's supposed to sound biggrin.gif however, I have to keep looking at where my left hand is, to make sure I am fretting in the correct place. I have noticed if I don't keep looking, I tend to move away from the fretting positions.

Am I doing something wrong? should I be constantly playing it really slowly? or is it just I haven't been playing long enough so that my hand knows where to go?

Is this something that all new guitarists go through or am I doing something wrong huh.gif .

Cheers Guys.......


I went through the same thing when I first started. If I looked away from my left hand, it was like it had a mind of it's own and was all over the place. Like superize says it will get better with time and practice. For myself it was like one day I had to constantly stare at my left and then the next I could just play without really looking. It takes a bit of time for your hands to get use to what you want them to do and build that muscle memory.

At first things always seem to be slow moving, or like your not improving. But I can assure you when you have that moment of "oh wow I can do it" it's all worth it. Starting off slow and building up to speed is a good idea as you can really concentrate on what your doing. Sounds like your on the right track to me though.

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post Sep 17 2008, 02:26 PM
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That is how things are at beginning,
you really have to watch out for both hands.
But with enough time this will come more natural,
you will play with more comfort and confidence,don't worry. smile.gif


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QUOTE (CompleteNewbie @ Sep 17 2008, 09:05 AM) *
or is it just I haven't been playing long enough so that my hand knows where to go?



I think you answered your own question man! laugh.gif This is just something that comes with time. The more you practice, the more you will become familiar with the different positions. So, yes, perfectly normal. smile.gif


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post Sep 17 2008, 02:37 PM
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QUOTE (CompleteNewbie @ Sep 17 2008, 09:05 AM) *
Am I doing something wrong? should I be constantly playing it really slowly? or is it just I haven't been playing long enough so that my hand knows where to go?

Is this something that all new guitarists go through or am I doing something wrong huh.gif .


Everyone goes through it. It's harder than you'd expect because the frets are closer together as you move away from the nut. It's one thing to remember what a power chord feels like to your left hand, it's another to remember that it feels different at fret 2-4 than it does at fret 8-10.

I struggle with it too, so I don't have the absolute answer but I'll share what I've been doing to help since at this point, for me, I have positioning troubles when I'm looking too. I've been taking the route of trying to keep it slow and watching my hand...some day I won't have to watch because some day it will become mostly automatic.

I've been concentrating on stuff that has me changing hand positions a lot. back and forth, up and down. I've been playing around with Hisham's Downstrokes and Position Shifting lesson this week. I also do an exercise my guitar teacher showed me where I take an arpeggio and then play it in different positions all the way up the neck.


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post Sep 17 2008, 02:41 PM
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Thanks All,

As long as what I'm finding is normal, then at least i'm on the right track.

I guess I have to just keep "plucking" laugh.gif away.......


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post Sep 17 2008, 03:00 PM
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QUOTE (CompleteNewbie @ Sep 17 2008, 09:41 AM) *
Thanks All,

As long as what I'm finding is normal, then at least i'm on the right track.

I guess I have to just keep "plucking" laugh.gif away.......


Oh yeah, that's what everyone goes through. Like the others said, it will come in time.
I try to speed up that process by practicing scales with my eyes closed! blink.gif

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i have it the other way round: if i look on my right hand, and kind of "focus" what its doing, i get confused and cant pick properly anymore:D => so just dont look at it

i like lookin at my left hand aswell, but only for some jumps or if i enjoy seeing my hand moving tongue.gif


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QUOTE (CompleteNewbie @ Sep 17 2008, 03:05 PM) *
Just a quick question about placing my fretting hand in the correct position.

I'm practacing both the beginners power chords and Andrews Smoke on the water riff.

I am pleased with my progress so far, after 1 week it actually sounds similar to how it's supposed to sound biggrin.gif however, I have to keep looking at where my left hand is, to make sure I am fretting in the correct place. I have noticed if I don't keep looking, I tend to move away from the fretting positions.

Am I doing something wrong? should I be constantly playing it really slowly? or is it just I haven't been playing long enough so that my hand knows where to go?

Is this something that all new guitarists go through or am I doing something wrong huh.gif .

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Yep, play it slowly until you got it in your 'muscle memory'. This surely work-> and then you work up the speed.
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