Mar
19
2009

In synch: Duetting guitarists have similar brain waves

Like minded: Doobie Brothers guitarists Pat Simmons (left) and John McFee get their fingers and minds in synch as they perform a guitar duet called "Five Corners."
Like minded: Doobie Brothers guitarists Pat Simmons (left) and John McFee get their fingers and minds in synch as they perform a guitar duet called "Five Corners."Courtesy Thor
Have you ever heard a really great guitar duet? The players sound as one even though their doing their own separate thing. But now science has shown that the process of duetting puts instrumentalists in a like mind.

Click here to get the full report and to see brain wave EEG scans done of duetting guitarists.

There are a few amazing things here:

1. The research found that brain waves of duet players were already starting to synch up before they started playing. Once the music started, those brain waves really matched up tight.

2. Other sections of their brains not having to do with music were also synching up.

3. The success of a duet might have a lot to do with how well the players can get their brains to work the same way.

4. I finally found a way to work a photo of my beloved Doobie Brothers into a Science Buzz post.

Have you had a musical (or any other performance) experience where you felt your mind was in synch with your fellow performers? Share your experience here with other Buzz readers.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

DoobieHolly's picture
DoobieHolly says:

Hello Mr. Carlson,

What a great 'scientific' story! I would love to see Pat Simmons and John McFee hooked up to a machine and see just how insanely active their brain waves truly are.
Very interesting.
Peace, DoobieHolly a.k.a. Holly J Perry

posted on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 12:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I can't wait to see that either! It sounds exciting.

posted on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 2:42pm

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