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Study: Guitarists Brains Are Different Than Others

For anyone who has ever marveled at a killer guitar solo or failed miserably at trying to play one there is a study that explains why great guitarists can play the way they do. Their brains are different!


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This could explain a lot


Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

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.... like how my guitarist son is wired.

So right, SC Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ.

Hee hee

(Likes you too much to insert picture of Keith Richards here) ;)

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

how about

players who prefer raunchy, raw, primitive guitar which was brought back by the first wave of punk. personally that's what i prefer. I don't care for showy know it all guitar players who go up and down the neck like they're in a race or something. i'd much prefer to hear three basic rock 'n roll chords, distorted, and blasting with passion.

hendrix was one exception, but even him i prefer the early rawer stuff.

What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland


Just fabulous. Stay away from the paperback the font is very small.

It was probably the pandas

i know of aaron

copland since one of my favorite writers, paul bowles studied under him as a composer. the two of them rented an old house for the summer in tangier in the thirties and had a piano hauled up the mountain to their place by some moroccans. i've enjoyed bowles music and copeland's too. i was not aware of this book. thanks.

What the hell?

Can't the same be said for
-nuclear physicist
-fighter pilots


No. None of those jobs involves improvisation based upon feeling.

I'm not convinced.

I'm not convinced. I play some instruments, and there are certain things I can only play correctly when I don't think about what my fingers are doing. I just tap into some sort of reflex I've learned through practice. Doing something different than usual doesn't mean ones brain is necessarily different.

so thats what's "wrong" with me!

I often wonder if my day job interferes with my guitar playing or vice versa...

Label Jars, Not People!

guitarists bodies are also

guitarists bodies are also different than others. i mean, what other instrument requires you to contort your body over many years in order to play it effectively?

Flow: the psychology of Optimal Performance


As a 'player of instruments' I can testify that thinking about music is the single largest obstacle to playing music.

It was probably the pandas

I experienced that last night

while playing "any major dude" by Steely Dan on the bass.

I've pretty much got the song down now but when I do make a mistake, it's usually when I go out of auto-pilot and start thinking about where to go with the next line.

Pretty cool article.

If you came back in on one...

Then it wasn't a mistake.
It was a clever riff!!!

Not coming back in on one is what causes the train wreck!
I can remember causing a few myself... I slappa da bass! :-)

Bass - It's what's rattling your nads.

23 guitars and basses.
I prefer my 2 80's Peavey Patriots.
1x15 Hartke
4x10 Hartke
HA3500 Head
ART SGX Nightbass Tube Pre
Aphex 104 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom
Dean Markley Blue Steel 45-105's

Oh yeah, one more thing davekpghpa...I am from Pittsburgh!

Exercise Lo Freq Liberty!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

I love that song

I really like the harpsichord-sounding piano "riff" thingy in the song.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer


And writing about music is like dancing about architecture- Elvis Costello or Frank Zappa

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I concur. You just gotta "feel" it.

"I'm Ron Paul." - Ron Paul