I'm a fan of Alan Moore (the comic author behind Watchmen and V for Vendetta). He views creativity as magic, he describes the process as similar to pulling a rabbit out of a hat. You start with an idea, which you turn into something tangible. Be it a record or just the temporary flow of soundwaves in the air during a performance. I have found it quite revolutionary to view playing the guitar in these terms. When I play the guitar I like to think of it as translating what I am thinking and feeling into sound via the guitar so that other people can connect with it on a deeper level than if I'd just said "I'm frustrated" or "I'm upset" or whatever. Often I will close my eyes and play to the images that come into my mind. I will try to create a soundscape that reflects this image. Its hard to explain but I think when you view the guitar as this kind of bridge between the personal subjective world and the shared physical world and you place as much value on what occurs within as without you often find that there is a spring of creativity that you almost channel rather than consciously produce. I'm not saying that the guitar is some kind of supernatural tool, but if you give some weight to it as a means to express whats going on inside you get some beautiful stuff. I have never been one for technical playing. Obviously you need some level of skill in order to tap into your creativity, but showy guitar playing doesn't convey much to me, no where near as much as Gilmour can convey with a single note. If you give the art of playing guitar a quasi spiritual reverence it is far more of an experience than just going through the motions. Well thats my ramble out of the way. What is your philosophy and approach to guitar playing.