posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 07:10 AM
It's entirely possible to see sound waves, but usually through some additional medium, such as water vapor or dust particles. If he smokes while
playing, I suppose it's possible he really is seeing a physical effect, but there'd have to be some other factors involved I think. However, it
sounds as if your friend has been playing guitar for quite a few years.
Perhaps he's learned to train himself to visualize?
Visualization is a pretty fascinating thing if you get good at it. It's basically a mentally created visual overlay over what you're already seeing,
to better represent the location of something not usually perceivable by sight alone. IMHO, auras are a good subconscious example of this.
For instance, Bob is a salesman, and must deal face-to-face with differing personalities each day. He's learned through 20 years on the road how to
tell a sucker from a no-sale just from sight. In fact, he's begun to see this as a visual representation around each person. The brain, cataloguing
everyone in the room's facial expression, clothing, belongings, posture, etc, simply assigns a particular color of aura to each person and Bob
chooses to zero in on the more favorable of auras to make a sale.
Likewise, a musician who hasn't learned to read music, but still needs to have a visual representation to go by, might invent their own visualization
of it, where the sounds are represented via a mental overlay, in colors, or vibrations, or sparks, or what have you. The mind is really quite
incredible in its capacity to do this. I use mental overlays all the time, myself, though as my eyesight gets worse, I'm less able to catalogue on