What I'd really like to know though is if very good guitarists still need to look up chords for songs or not.
jck_strw wrote:Let me take this from the other end of the spectrum. I don't play any lead (yet) and I've always just played chords.
I have my guitar sitting next to my couch and I play (most) everyday. For awhile (a loooong while in my case), I couldn't remember the chords to any song. I always had to have my tab book with me. But after practicing and playing for awhile, I just started remembering them. At some point, I also made a conscious decision to stop relying so heavily on my tab book, so this forced me to try and remember. There are still plenty of songs that I need to look up (songs that I don't play very often), but for songs that I play regularly, I would say I'm finally tab-book free. I guess it's just a matter of practice, but not only that, in addition to song practice, chord practice, you need to practice "remembering". Make a cconscious effort to try and remember the chords/changes. That's what I did and it seems to work.
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