Post by Michael Kim Post by Fat Donnie Post by Michael Kim
I just started learning to play the guitar. There is this one chord that
I need a long time to grab.
I want to ask if I will be able to grab chords without looking at the
fingerboard at some point. Should I practice with that as my goal?
Yes, don't "grab" It might get you in trouble
I don't understand. Did you mean I used the wrong English word for
placing the fingers on the strings?
My question was if it was possible to place the fingers at the right
location without needing to look at the fingerboard.
So if you are asking whether it's possible to form the shape of the
chord with your fingers in the air before placing them on the
fingerboard, The answer is a conditional yes. It's usually the best way
to form a chord.
The reason it's a "conditional" yes is that it's easy to do that if you
aren't changing positions. For example, switching from a first position
G major chord to a first position C or D7 and back again without looking
at the fingerboard is very easy. But changing positions without looking
at the fingerboard is much harder, especially if the positions are far
apart, even if the chord shape is the same. For example if you are
playing a first position barred F chord and want to switch to an eighth
position barred C chord, it's a good idea to glance at the fingerboard.
I can probably do it without looking nine times out of ten, but every
once in a while, if I don't look, I'll miss.
On the other hand there are blind players who can play very well without
ever looking at the fingerboard.