Guitar, Mind and Body

Today’s Reverb10 prompt took me to some unexpected places.

Body integration.

This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (prompt author: Patrick Reynolds)

The obvious, first thought that came to me: running.

Yes, running makes me feel like alive and present like nothing else. Especially after about 20 minutes. I start to feel like a machine…in a good way. But it’s more about my body than my mind. I let my mind go, and I let my body take the wheel.

So it can’t be running.

It has to be playing guitar.

When I play my guitar, I’m using all of myself.  It all comes together for one purpose.   It felt this way from the moment I first played the guitar.

But it’s about more than the playing, it’s also about the guitar itself.

Strat vs. Tele

My first electric guitar (not the one seen above, which belonged to my friend’s older brother) was a (Squire) Stratocaster. If you don’t know the history of the electric guitar, the Telecaster came first (then known as the Broadcaster), and the Stratocaster came along in an attempt to one-up it:

“When you wear [a Stratocaster], it tends to disappear. When you play a telecaster, you feel like you’re playing a plank. Which has it’s own appeal – a workhorse appeal.”

That’s actually what I don’t enjoy about a Stratocaster – the fact that it disappears into you.

I’ve been playing my Telecaster for the past decade. Yes, it is a plank of wood, but it’s now a part of my body. I don’t want to feel the curves and the give of a Strat.

Give me the plank!

Guitar, mind and body integration in action.

(photo credits: 1. I believe this photo was taken by my 5th grade friend, Donalda MacDonald, 2. by Ali Eisner)

Previous Reverb10 posts:

Day 1: 2010, In A Word

Day 2: It’s All About The Morning Routine

Day 3: 3 Moments from 2010

Day 4: Wonder

Day 5: Letting Go Of Attachment

Day 6: What Was The Last Thing You Made?

Day 7: Community + Accountability

Day 8: Beautifully Different (musical response)

Day 9: Fake New Year’s

Day 10: Little Decisions

Day 11: 11 Things I’m Eliminating in 2011

3 Responses to Guitar, Mind and Body

  1. rebecca says:

    Love this! I can’t play a thing, but admire those who can immensely. Having watched old concerts of Stevie Ray Vaghn get taken over while playing I can’t think of a better body/mind integration moment!! So cool!

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