Officially proving that there's no other kind of guy like a guitarist, a study conducted in Berlin, Germany has discovered that the brains of guitar players are basically wired differently than anyone else's.
The research scanned brains of 12 guitarists while playing, finding that their "neural networks could synchronize not only while playing the piece - but even slightly before playing," Guitar World
Furthermore, while shredding, the axeman's brain temporarily deactivates the region that routinely shuts down while achieving big-picture goals, marking a switch from conscious to unconscious thought.
It was also proven that when non-experienced guitar players try to perform a solo, the conscious part of their brain stays on, implying that "real"
guitarists are able to switch to a mode of thinking that is more creative and less-practical.
As the same source indicates, the study made it clear that guitarists are "spiritual, intuitive people."
The article further points at Pat Martino
, a jazz guitarist from Philadelphia, who had 70 percent of his left temporal lobe removed in his mid-30s due to a hemorrhage. Upon coming out of the surgery, Pat wasn't able to play guitar.
However, within two years, he figured out how to play guitar again, making him a perfect example of cerebral plasticity for the scientific world. For the guitarists, he represented something else - "Playing guitar isn't a skill. It's a way of being, a way of life."