Posted in music on May 2, 2014

Bon Iver at Angel Orensanz in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Ever wondered if guitar players' brains work differently than everybody else's'? A recently-published article on PolicyMic says that science proves they do:

It sounds weird to solo while hooked up to a scanning machine, but a few brave guitarists pulled it off and contributed a major finding to the science of guitars. Researchers found that, when a guitarist shreds, he or she temporarily deactivates the brain region that routinely shuts down when achieving big-picture goals, signaling a shift from conscious to unconscious thought.

And when mere mortals (non-musicians) attempt a solo, the conscious portion of their brain stays on, which indicates that real guitarists are able to switch to this more creative and less practical mode of thinking more easily.

All of the research makes it clear that guitarists are just super spiritual, intuitive people. Think about anyone from the Jimmy Page to the Edge right on up to Bon Iver. That sort of intuitive thinking runs all the way to how they learn. Unlike musicians who learn through sheet music, guitarists, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University, get a better grasp of a song by looking at someone playing it rather than reading the notes on paper.

Commenters on the article don't seem to be in agreement (many say it's not limited to guitarists). What do you think?

Let us know and watch Bon Iver totally zoning out with his guitar below...

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Bon Iver - "Blood Bank" live at Radio City in 2009

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Comments (14)

I usually find myself pondering whether or not Lando made it out of the Death Star while playing guitar.

Posted by Steve Vai | May 2, 2014 4:35 PM

dude, you're bald

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2014 4:56 PM

Who cares? Guitar bands are on the way out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2014 5:19 PM

Jimmy Page? The Edge? What is this, Rolling Stone?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2014 5:53 PM

Lando can shred!

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2014 8:44 PM

It's like with any true artist. And you don't learn guitar by *watching*. You learn by playing, by ear.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2014 1:46 AM

Who cares? Guitar bands are on the way out.

Posted by How to get Chilis Gift Card ? | May 3, 2014 2:47 PM

The study from 2002 referenced was made up of 12 people: cool research, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2014 2:56 PM

CABIN IN THE WOODS

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2014 7:45 PM

12 pairs of people.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2014 7:47 PM

I've known many guitarists who are morons.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2014 2:39 PM

When you take a POOP you can free-fall into the spiral void of death and resurrection. Poo water becomes clean after the vortex transformation.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2014 4:44 PM

Clearly a lot of scientists in these comments..

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 1:41 AM

fuck bon iver

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 4:59 PM

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