Ok, i actually feel a little guilty confessing this but i have always spent a good chunk of my practice time in front of a screen. It is a habit from my teens when i was convinced that the only way to guitar mastery leads through breaking a certain threshold of hours spent with a guitar and repetitions of motions.
I dont watch “TV” obviously (thats for old people without internet) but i often watch random YT videos. I dont focus on what is on the screen and i make sure to keep the volume low enough to hear my playing clearly, however, a certain amount of my mental awareness is occupied by what i am watching. I also often pause videos when i feel the need to focus on the playing more and then resume it when i feel like i got the right motion and feel memorized. I found that the more progress i’ve made over the years, the more confident i feel to practice without “background buzz”, as if i subconciously wanted to help myself to bear my own playing.
I cant be sure how much this held me back over the years. It sure helped me to put in more hours. Teachers seem to be split: I ve seen TV practice recommented ( claus levin especially) or judged as a dangerous distraction which leads to the memorization of bad form.
What do you guys think about TV-practice? Do you do it?