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I usually see dots, but sometimes I see vines and pyramids.
and trapezoids & rectangles

But really i try not to look at the fretboard when playing!
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Shapes, patterns...

... and naked chicks!
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But really i try not to look at the fretboard when playing!
Just to make those long, fast slides next to impossible?
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I see dead people.
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I see intervals and CAGED.
I am trying to do better at seeing intervals - I believe it's very important to see the intervals (M3 m3 #4 etc.) rather than just seeing shapes
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Shapes, caged and 'diagonally', since octaves are only two or three frets & two strings apart. I'm also getting better at 'hearing' the intervals which helps to move on one string to a new position on the fretboard and into a new shape, cage or diagonal. That and LOTS of rosewood!
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I see sounds.
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I see a lifetime of experiences, memories and the future spread out way before me.
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This is a good thread, to what other people see, as I am still trying to understand what I should see. I see patterns. I feel I should see notes, but it doesn't happen.
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Re: Looking at your fretboard

I think this develops with time. You learn a song, realize "oh, that's how this chord relates to this scale" then you learn some riff and realize "oh, this is the whatever scale with every other note doubled" or something like that. I always stress the importance of trying to figure out songs/riffs/solos on your own. Makes a big difference because you develop your own view of the fretboard. Over time these individual observations begin to connect together.

I had a jam session recently where the guy I was with said "I'm going to vamp on an A chord and you just do whatever" so I started on the tenth fret of the B-string and branched out from there. That seems to be a comfortable spot for me to start, I have no idea why.

Using the D chord in the usual beginner's position, the B string is the name of the chord. Move it up two frets (a full step) and you have the E chord. It's a place to start and there are dozens and dozens of other places you could start, too.
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One more comment. Check out "Kurt Rosenwinkel" on YouTUbe, his Gdansk lectures. The one on Scales discusses how he started to visual and what it morphed into over time.
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