What is the best way to learn where you are on the fret board without looking to see where your are?? when I practice .. and have to move to bar cords or power cords or when you are playing lead in the pentatonix scale ,I have to look to see where I need to go .. and it throw the rhythm off .. hoping there is a way to know where you are with out looking all the time... thanks all.. I enjoy playing.. and learning alot..
I am no expert, but I think you might be saying that it takes too long to find the position on the fretboard that you want to go to while playing. Yep, that can throw you off. I struggle with this sometimes, because I don't know the positions at a glance or without thinking about it. I have found that it helps to get some different points of reference for the key I am playing in or for the song before you start. If you do a little review of where the box positions and/or chords are in relation to the markers just before playing, it allows you to move faster and be more confident. It also helps to make an effort to be on the money with timing, but also play with fingers relaxed and not tensed up. Of course, the more comfortable you get with playing exercises in each key it will come more natural (without thinking too much). When I played with the band way back when, I remember being nervous before starting gigs (the first set). I might have gone over trouble spots or new material in my mind just before, but when I picked up the guitar I did a quick look at where whatever chords or riffs would start, so I didn't have to work out in my mind where on the fretboard I wanted or needed to move to from a single point of reference while playing. Jamming to backing tracks is helping me get better at moving around the fretboard and trying to apply what I am learning from BGU. On the not looking part, I cannot say. I am still looking, but perhaps not all the time.