Have you ever practised the violin blindfolded (or with your eyes closed)? Do you think it's a good idea or a bad idea?
I don't think it would make a hill of beans difference for me. I have to make myself look at the violin normally. But there again, I used to do competitive dance with my eyes closed too :D
I would find a sense of "not looking" only if, once in a while, one can have a check and look the position, etc, for example in a mirror, like i often do.
As a martial artist, I often practiced with my eyes closed, and usually in slow motion. I have closed my eyes while practicing violin, and found my bow immediately drifted toward the bridge. Now that you've raised the question, I believe doing long, slow bowing with eyes closed (I do it regularly with eyes open) would be an interesting exercise. Peeking
Sometimes when working specifically on shifting or intonation I practice with my eyes closed. I'd stop short of saying that it's a
I like to close my eyes sometimes when I practise. It helps me focus.
I can honestly say that in the past 70 years I have not looked at my violin or viola when playing - except if I hear something that has gone terribly wrong and must see why. All of my playing is done reading music and that is where my eyes must focus. More than 70 years I cannot recall but I suspect it must have been the same because that is when I was learning to sightread.
I sometimes close my eyes when playing from memory. It makes no difference to me.
Although not even near his 70 years, I'm completely with Andrew. To be honest, I even have to force myself from time to time to look towards the bridge for checking soundpoint or the direction the bow goes, especially when practicing long slow bows or doing bow steering exercises. Looking down the fingerboard is completely pointless for me and even worsens my intonation - maybe because the visual input interferes with the acoustic, and I don't rely anymore on my ears only?
I thought that to play with the eyes closed was to enhance the other senses for playing music on an instrument, and to maintain focus, because if you're just looking around the practice room anything may catch your eye and distract your attention.
Andrew, I do the same thing. Eyes are at the music, unless something is wrong
I practice late at night so it's usually the opposite problem of keeping my eyes open.
Paul nailed it again.