Guitarists: (please), Stop Looking at Your Hands!

Listen, guitarists, you need to stop looking at your hands, especially when I’ve paid money to see you perform a show, OK? Constantly staring at one’s hands is one of the biggest signs of an amateur player and it’s also bad stagecraft. Now, I’m not saying you should never look at your hands but you should be making an effort to engage with your audience.

To start getting over this habit, place a mirror or reflective surface in front of you and when you practice look at what your hands are doing in the mirror. When you’re used to doing this, it becomes a lot easier to look around the room when you practice guitar and, when you get on stage, this will let you look around the room, engage with your bandmates and, crucially, with your audience.

Stop looking at your hands dammit!

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