The study concludes that guitarists can read each others’ minds better than they can read music, but the question is how do they ‘sync’ their brain chemistry? It turns out that guitarists’ neural networks give them the ability to synchronize their brains while playing with one another. In 2012, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published a study that explored, “the hypothesis that synchronous oscillatory brain activity supports interpersonally coordinated behavior during dyadic music performance by simultaneously recording the electroencephalogram (EEG) from the brains of each of 12 guitar duets repeatedly playing a modified Rondo…”
What that means is that researchers scanned the brains of 12 pairs of guitarists as they played the same piece of music. They were amazed to discover that the guitarists can actually read each others’ minds even before playing a single note. They identified the area of the brain where the sync occurred which involved both music production and social cognition, and they found that “a band’s chemistry” is more literal than-than most people commonly think! And according to Music.mix, it may explain why brothers often form “the core duo in so many famous rock bands. But part of this ability to synchronize actually comes from one overarching truth about guitarists: they’re more intuitive than most.”
Researchers found that when a guitarist shreds his brain shifts from conscious to unconscious thought, whereas when non-musicians attempt this feat their conscious brain remained in control and practical thinking continued inhibiting their ability to play; in other words, real guitarists can let it soar, relying on intuitive thinking. The researchers of the study made it clear that guitarists are super spiritual, intuitive people. Something most people have felt all along.
Vanderbilt University in an adjunct study found the guitarists tend to learn by watching others in marked contrast to other musicians who learn sheet music; making their musical process entirely different from the traditional musicians.
Bottom line: Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page they conclude that playing guitar transcends basic brain chemistry! Watch Jimi Hendrix’s amazing guitar work – he is clearly in a different realm. Enjoy!
Science: Guitar Players’ Brain Chemistry is Actually Different Than Everyone Else’s [VIDEO]
Via: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Music.mix