When you are playing chords and the like, do you visualize it as the note names themselves, as visual patterns on your instrument (chord shapes guitar, seeing on piano), as the intervals between the chords (whether that be the intervals from root or stacking thirds), or something else?
Also general music discussion related to visualizing/thinking about music while playing.
Also if anyone is wondering I currently visualize the chords on piano, and i'm honestly just lost on guitar when it comes to playing chords freely, I just know like 15 shapes and just repeat them, which sounds and is boring and dull.
Well it seems at least for piano, visualization is common. On guitar I find that it doesn't work, you can't see the pattern unless i'm missing something. Perhaps if one generalized like 5 or 6 chord positions and their respective intervals, then they can alter those intervals freely. For example, the normal barre chord on 6th string is a pattern of 1 5 1 3 5 1, so one could memorize that and then be able to alter the chords freely. I feel like that's not a good solution though.
I visualize my playing in terms of semitones on the keyboard. I learned piano by myself by learning the intervals and chords' positions. I also know key signature by referencing the key of C (all naturals) and translating the pattern to another key.
Will a guitar player enlighten me on how they visualize the guitar? I feel like knowing the note names of every scale is the only way to be able to play guitar freely and be able to pick and choose what you want. You can stay in set positions but thats not really playing, you won't really know where you are, you're just playing a pool of notes that you know sound good. Someone give me some insight please.