Be honest: How many of you play your guitar in front of a mirror?

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  1. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    Just to see how cool you can look? And how many of you succeed in looking cool doing it? And do you have the guts to do those same cool moves on stage?

    I took two Benadryl about an hour ago. Otherwise, this weird thread would likely never have started.
     
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    I have in the past when I had a full length mirror in my practice room (it was a bedroom at the time). I think it looks trippy watching yourself play - it's like "hey, that guy over there's not that bad!" Can work on how you look to other people too. Keeps you from staring at the fretboard all the time.
     
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    The guy in the mirror is left handed, and left handed people freak me out, so I don't do it.
     
  4. Sotakoira Musti

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    Never. I just hate seeing me. It’s the easiest self-deceiption just to think you look cool and never bother checking it out. Nevertheless, I haven’t seen audience walk away due my habitus.

    Edit: and I hide myself everytime someone start shooting pictures (of course not on stage, that would look silly -> guitarist running amok with wireless)
     
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    It took a bit of work but a few years back I finally convinced my local music store that they should put a full length mirror in the amp room where people go to check out electric guitars. I have no evidence that it helped sell more guitars but it just made sense to me. I think when most of us buy a new guitar one of the first things we do when we get home is strap it on (the guitar that is) and stand in front of a mirror. Guitars are an instrument you wear and I have a feeling it's not unusual to check out how you look with your guitar on.
     
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    I did it practicing for a potential Christmas gig.

    That was a big mistake.
     
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    I do the mouth vowel thing when I use a wah, does that count?

    Makes me look like a fish...
     
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    ............. or an infant looking for a nipple.
     
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    Is this really true? I've never done it.
    There is a local guitarist that makes the goofiest faces while he plays and I am certain he practices in front of a mirror.
     
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    I did it when I was younger. Became reliant on the mirror and struggled to play without one once I started gigging. I could play more fluidly watching in a mirror and my lead playing was kinda choppy without it. I can almost play better without looking at the neck at all as weird as that sounds.

    As far as looking cool? Honestly I never really "checked myself out" it was all about watching the fretboard.
     
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    Yeah, I don’t do that either...

    I’ve tried playing in front of a mirror, but it’s too distracting...
     
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    Well maybe it's not true....?

    Because you 'wear' a guitar I guess I'm relating it to buying clothing and I figure when most folks by a new shirt or pants, even though they've seen themselves in the store mirror, they probably still check out their new purchase in a mirror at home.

    I do most of my practicing walking around the house while playing....I pass by one full length mirror in the kitchen as I do my circuit so I get a glimpse of myself fairly often....lol.
     
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    I don’t need to with YouTube :)

    All my dick moves recorded for posterity.
     
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    Mirror in the bathroom....:cool:

    No, my guitar cord doesn't reach that far....:lol:
     
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    when I was a young man I often practiced my guitar in front of a mirror. I really wanted to play live for an audience, but since I was the only one in the room the mirror had to be the crowd!

    But seriously, in those days I found it useful. A lot of girls I knew were in to dance, ballet, etc. I often went with them to classes, and I noticed that the mirror was essential. I always thought of live music as a combination of musicianship, entertainment, and performance. You have to look good - or at least look right - to convey the message.

    I would play while looking in the mirror. I mostly looked at my eyes, or other things in the reflection - not the guitar or my hands. It was training, learning to look directly at the people in the audience. It worked. As I grew up and played real live shows with a band, I was able to play the set without ever looking at my hands or staring at my shoes. I could scan the crowd, make individual visual eye-contact with people; that lets the crowd feel more personally connected with the performer. You can meet a lot of nice girls that way, too!
     
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    Only when changing pickguards. I need to be sure they bring out my eyes...
     
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    Hell no! At my age and talent, that'd be extremely embarassing!. :)
     
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    Yes, a bit. When rehearsing a new show. Don't you care how you look when you perform?
     
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    It's actually a good thing, just to check on technique and body positioning. Quite common in classical players. Fun also cause you get to see someone playing guitar! :)
     
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    I check out a new guitar in the mirror to see how it looks in action! After that, er, no.
     
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