If you got amnesia, could you still play guitar?

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  1. brookdalebill

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    Probably.
    Heck, I might even play better.
     
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    Ability? He didn't know how to play. He had to relearn from scratch. The funny thing is, he re-emerged sounding like ... Pat Martino.
     
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    The real question is would anyone notice the difference?
     
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    When Jerry Garcia came out of his diabetic coma (first words: "I'm not Beethoven"), he had to relearn how to play guitar. I imagine any such relearning for any accomplished musician is at an accelerated pace and reconnecting muscle- and brain-memory instead of actually learning from scratch.
     
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    A few years ago I took a knock to the head from a fence post driver. I lost about two weeks of memory, but aside from that I have no lasting thermocouple.
     
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    Not sure if you're joking? Don't like his music? Or never heard of him?

    Oddly, I think he sounded the same or better. Not sure if it's because he influenced himself by listening and relearning his past music? Or somehow we're wired in such a way that that could happen?

    Clearly, and to the OP, he came back to as high of a level as before. There must be something in our genetic wiring. Somehow, he had a gift he didn't lose.

    In a sense, it's kind of like being a savant.
     
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    Until googling him just now...no, I didnt know he was.
     
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    Pat Martino 1972:



    Pat Martino 2002:



    ^^^ I think he did have a brain fart from 2:42 to 3:37.
     
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    ”If you got amnesia, could you still play guitar?”

    Not sure, I don’t recall having amnesia...seriously, Pat Martino had to relearn his instrument, after his accident, while Glen Campbell retained his guitar playing gifts, while losing virtually everything else
     
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    Gotta be some muscle memory in the mix.
     
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    I passed out at a party many years ago and as I woke up I couldn't move.

    Thought 1) OMG I'm paraplegic!
    Then I realized I didn't know who or where I was.
    Thought 2) OMG I'm a paraplegic with amnesia!
    Then I started to remember my room full of musical instruments and amps.
    Thought 3) OMG I'm a paraplegic musician with amnesia!
     
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    My Mother was a journalist who worked with computers since they first appeared in news publishing.
    In her late '70s she started needing me to help her find files and setup pages, couldn't do it by herself and was very frustrated.

    I brought her to a psych ward as a last ditch attempt to get her on meds which might allow her to stay at home, during which time I cleaned out much of her home to make it safer.
    I then had her staying at a nice old folks home for a couple of weeks where the patients mostly had dementia or alzheimers, and she introduced me to an old feller who had a fiddle but couldn't tune it.

    I tuned it up for him and he joyously danced off playing a barely recognizable rendition of Danny Boy.
     
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    Wish I could have brain farts like that:twisted:.... Sounds like he had one around the 5 minute mark in the '72 vid too
     
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    I would probably be much better!

    30 years of rock star computing has altered my existential plane I sometimes feel lost in the machine...
     
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    What do you mean "still play guitar"?
     
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    Band name alert! Lasting Thermocouple! Great name for a metal band with piezo pups.
     
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    Wait, what's this thread about again?
     
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    I remember reading an interview he did about that. He said he spent 6 months working through every guitar method he could find.
     
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    Yeah, I should have clarified that he didn’t keep playing like he always had for very long. But he did keep playing for a period after being diagnosed and publicly announced to have Alzheimer’s.
     
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    Now there's a band name or at least a good album title!
     
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