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

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  1. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I use a mirror to shave, to shave my head, and that's it.

    When I was a callow, shallow teen, I once tried looking at myself in a full mirror when playing and realised I looked :

    a) Fugly
    b) Dorky
    c) Awkward

    Nowadays, I resemble a flesh coloured Shrek. Arthritis has limited me to amp adjustments and pedal stomping in terms of stage movements. Were I to own a full length mirror, the results would be :

    a) Fat
    b) Fugly
    c) Dorky
    d) Awkward
    e) Stiff

    Mirrors are for the vain. Us uggers have no need other than ensuring we aren't tufty or bleeding post shave. I am the anti-narcissus.
     
  2. viking

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    Ehhhh , No !
    LOL.....
     
  3. Steve 78

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    Nope, never. I hate looking at videos of myself too. If I ever wanted to "make it" I probably should and work on my stage presence, etc.
     
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    only naked when there's a full moon. Otherwise it would be silly.
     
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    I have never thought it do that, now that I have wireless cable i'm gonna try it tomorrow .
     
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    Now YES

    In our rehearsal studio there is a big mirror and there's no way you cannot look at yourself when doing funny things with the guitar

    AND there si something I always say to friends, other bands or people that say "you all move a lot at the stage, you dance, jump, run, roar..." Is simple: How many times did you play an old tennis raquet in front of a mirror when you were a child dreaming on being a rock star? NOW I am with a guitar playing rock'n'roll in a band there up at the stage. NOW is the moment of doing that.

    Still not a rockstar, but I pretend to be when in the stage :lol:
     
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    For those like myself who have battled with nervous tension, practising in front of a mirror is helpful for spotting the symptoms. Such as tensed fists, poor wrist angle, raised shoulders even stiff necks. I need every tool i can use to help me play better.

    I haven't completely beaten it but I am certainly more relaxed on stage that I used to be and it makes a huge difference to my playing.
     
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  8. KelvinS1965

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    One thing I don't like about the booths in Andertons is the mirror. I find it distracting seeing myself in the mirror (I know they probably do it to make the room seem bigger too). I hate seeing photos of me from gigs as there is always some old bloke playing my guitar instead of me...
     
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    I remember reading somewhere many years ago that it was a good thing to do as it helps you get out of the habit at staring down at your hands all the time.
     
  10. Lonn

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    This is the room I keep my gear in, it was the gym originally so there was an entire wall of mirrors form the original builder. I removed one and installed it upstairs for my wife (was behind the bench) but there are 3 more still installed. I can't NOT play in front of a mirror.

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  11. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I've done this because I discovered that I look like a dork in videos, and the mirror helps me work on ways to correct this.

    But I look like a dork when doing this and hope nobody catches me.
     
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    Been playing since the late '70s and I don't recall ever playing in front of mirror.
    Maybe I should have, because I don't recall playing in front of thousands of screaming fans either. . . . . . .
     
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    All the time, I admire the guy in the mirror...
     
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    I did when I was younger. I had read it’s good for form and some sort of secondary visual reinforcement crap. But really only ever looked at my left hand. Nowadays I wander around the house a lot with a guitar strapped on and my wife has mirrors everywhere so it’s inevitable. But I don’t seem to notice myself much.
     
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    Only when I get a new strap, to check that the guitar doesn't hang in a silly place.
     
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    Yes, I did so early on on recommendations of my guitar teacher. Believe it or not I recommend still to very young people starting out if I see gnarls, to even record (film) themselves on mobile phones or in front of mirrors JUST because totally opposite reasons:

    1. When you can take a 90 degree angle view of you fingers if you do undeliberately bending the strings within a chord, when fretting it. One detects these flaws more easily in the mirror.

    2. To detect that I make faces or "bite" or chew with the tounge when playing - or trying - to play tricky parts, or doing other things like shoulder raise, or tensioning other body part. Feet for example.

    Not ever, and never because it looks cool. I started out once my teacher pointed out to me that ON CLASSICAL GUITAR I tended to fret the chords sharp and that was because they went up in pitch. I watched myself in mirrors (this was a millenium before cell phones) and to my horror I thought "Oh dear, I really struggle for no reason" . Once I LOOKED and tred to hone and woodshed that thing down I started to hear that the chord doesn't sound out of tune. It always did earlier. After 1 or 2 years my teacher said "ok, now you got that down at least...". It was a once you learn it you don't go back thing, like learning how to ride a bicycle.

    The faces and movement tics with the mouth, forming sounds with the mouth (wah wah pedal) or grim looks or tics or showing teeth or "chewing without a chewing gum" EMBOUCHURES. Or like, someone is wheezing, ozing or sounding off, ventilating when the playing gets intense. I got rid of that ONLY by looking into the mirror.

    Did I still continued that after those quirks and idiosyncrasises (bad habits) went away? No way Jose, never thought about it a second time. Didn't get back those bad habits anyway. Cool? No..not ever.
     
  18. kelnet

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    Same here. I recently got a new strap, and it meant the guitar hung a bit higher than my other strap. I actually found it to be more comfortable, so I checked how high it was in a mirror. It looked fine, so I adjusted the straps on my other guitars. I now find that my playing has gotten more comfortable, and a little better.

    The guitar isn't as high as Lenny Davidson's, though. That guy should have used a mirror.

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    I have found seeing myself on video to be useful. I was doing some things that I've now stopped. Very educational.
     
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  20. MatsEriksson

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    I am a vampire anyway so no reflections in any mirror..
     
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