Watch the Visualizing the Fretboard online guitar lesson by Henry Johnson from Jazz Expressions
Now we're going to talk about visualizing the fretboard. Our instrument is a very visual instrument - we can see what we're doing while we're doing it. So, to me, that's an advantage. Now, every time I put my hand down, I can see all the notes, but with the guitar, it's just not the notes - it's the shape as well. When playing a chord, I can see the shape, but I can also see the notes inside of it. And since I've been playing so long, I can hear it before I actually play it.