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Body Guitar Music

Fretting Hand Body GuitarWith guitarists and the music they produce, tastes differ. Perhaps you are a fan of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan, Sérgio and Odair Assad – or maybe Albert King. You are drawn to their music, something about their playing thrills. 

Good guitar playing is sexy. As is good posture in someone who knows how to move.

While few achieve mastery of playing like some of these performers, we can and should master our Body Guitar. For who wouldn’t want to stave off for themselves the leading cause of disability worldwide?

A beginning music student must first know their guitar, strengthen fundamental movements, and learn good habits before they play songs. Similar concepts and perseverance are required of Tune Me, described in sports medicine expert Dr. Sean Wheeler’s new book, UPRISE: Back Pain Liberation, By Tuning Your Body Guitar.

The aspiring guitarist learns how each hand performs a coordinating role in producing music; one the fretting hand, the other strumming. Your instructor shows you the correct positions to play basic chords with your fretting hand. With your strumming hand, you learn to strum different patterns on the guitar strings. As student, your job is to practice these chords over and over so they become innate, automatic. The same dedication is required for correct strumming.

As with learning anything new, challenges arise. Perhaps you are impatient and think you don’t need to spend time practicing repetitively, or you simply want to try showing off before you can actually play. Or you assume you know how to play the guitar, without unlearning the assumptions to which you cling. Or you’ve a weakness in one of your fingers, which you might only discover the hard way, such as through injury while playing.

Just as playing guitar requires two coordinating hands, escaping chronic back pain requires two coordinating activities: exercise and posture.

Exercise, unlike how you now understand the word exercise.

With Tune Me, your doctor first identifies the source of your pain in the deep bracing muscles of your spine, then provides you either the physical therapy or exercises, often both, so that you may repetitively "practice" as diligently as you would guitar chords with your fretting hand. Mastery of strumming is akin to your good posture practice, and will become second nature as you keep at it.

Not unlike the impatience a beginning guitarist may experience learning fretwork, physical therapy and exercises may be frustrating when results seem not to appear immediately. Yet, as any great musician knows, practice takes time. Just know the physical therapy and exercise in which you engage is Circulation Training, to increase blood flow to your bracing muscles, with results something you can’t actually see. It's exercise unlike what you assume exercise to be

Like daily practice by master guitarists to retain their virtuosity, Tune Me is not just for beginners but rather is a commitment requiring continued practice.

Good posture is your goal. When you practice good posture, the bracing muscles of the spine, lower back, neck, glutes, and feet get a workout simply by standing correctly.

– Dr. Sean Wheeler in UPRISE, at Chapter 6, "Tune Me"

To achieve a strong, beautifully aligned body doesn’t happen overnight. UPRISE to the challenge. Master your Body Guitar. Become your own virtuoso Body Guitarist. Live in tune with ease, confidence and openness, liberated from chronic back pain.

And leave the fret behind.

On this day as every day, a dream within your reach.


You are invited to UPRISE, to become informed of the cause of chronic back pain and how to overcome the disease through mindful tuning of your Body Guitar® by reading UPRISE: Back Pain Liberation, by Tuning Your Body Guitar. Then share your copy with a friend or loved one.

Sports medicine and back pain expert Dr. Sean Wheeler appreciates music.

He plays the guitar, encourages each of his children to learn about and play a variety of musical instruments, and is leading a rethinking - a healthcare revolution - of how to overcome back pain through a new understanding of the human body as a finely tuned instrument, as your Body Guitar, soon to be detailed in his forthcoming new book UPRISE.

As a music connoisseur and performer, Dr. Wheeler enjoys the music and achievements of a range of artists, including the amazing story of Darlene Love, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted in 2011.

As reported in a number of media, Ms. Love will tonight sing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on the “Late Show With David Letterman” for the last time. 

Ms. Love’s annual presentation of this song, which she originally recorded in 1963, is one of several customs that will come to an end when Mr. Letterman departs his CBS program on May 20.

Her association with Mr. Letterman goes back to 1986, when she sang the song on his NBC show, “Late Night,” and continued after he moved to CBS.

Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist and member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, offered a succinct explanation of why Ms. Love has endured in popular music, quoted in The New York Times:

“It’s real simple,” he said with a laugh. “She’s the greatest singer in the world.”

In honor of tonight's final performance, the “Late Show” created a "Best Of" video compilation to Ms. Love performances of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the Letterman Show in advance of tonight's television performance.

Enjoy the compilation above, and tune in later this evening for Darlene Love's performance on the Late Show with David Letterman.


Your body is a finely tuned instrument. Like all finely tuned instruments, it must be properly cared for in order to play the beautiful music it was intended to play. Care for your body and use it correctly, and it will play music that is unique to you – your life song.

– Sean M. Wheeler, M.D.

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