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Tue, Jul 03 2007 1001 The Guitar - The Visual System Playing guitar with two hands on the neck is difficult at first
for one primary reason:
You can not watch both hands when you play.
First, you train the muscle memory of one hand to do the right thing.
Until you can close your eyes,
without too much degradation of performance quality.
Then you start slowly with the other hand, watching it.

I abandoned picking several months after starting
with the guitar, mostly because I found that by using
the left hand only, I can skip the learning curve of both
my right hand and two hand coordination,
and so learn faster.

Stanley Jordan
Stanley Jordan



Being that I knew close to nothing at the time,
it was important to advance as quickly as possible
so that I can produce sounds I would enjoy,
or else, I might stop playing altogether.

Nowadays, it is easier for me to learn new things
with my eyes closed.
First I memories the visual of how things look on the neck,
then I start with my eyes open.
After a short while, my learning curve will be higher
if I continue with my eyes closed.

It is interesting to to note in this respect,
that I believe strictly from my conscious
thought processes during,
that in such a state most of the brain is engaged
with the visual system, thereby exerting more effort
in a system that is of very high quality, as compared
for example to the hearing system,
as well is it may be tune for music, a relatively recent
evolutionary addition to the mammalian brain.
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I can tell from experience that while this happens,
I envision two independent pictures of the two hands.
So different are they from the actual two hands on the neck
of the guitar, that if I open my eyes I will immediately
mess up, just for the confusion between the images
I was playing according to, and the true image
I now see:
The hands used to be laid out at about 90 degrees
off each other, and now they seem to stretch straight
along the single guitar neck, at an obvious angle of
exactly 180 degrees.