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Zen Guitar (A fireside book) Paperback – 2 Feb 1999
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Offering a contemplative approach to playing the guitar, this book covers all levels of experience from professional musicians and amateur guitar players to uninitiated music lovers. The author offers his own experiences with music to show how to rediscover harmony and become open to Zen awareness. Through 58 lessons which provide a focus and guide, the reader is led through to Zen awareness. Quotations from sources ranging from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis are used to enhance the lessons. The book seeks to show how the path of music offers fulfilment in all aspects of life.
About the Author
Philip Toshio Sudo a student of Eastern philosphy and martial arts and a lifetime guitar player he developed the Zen guitar philosophy performing in the streets, parks, and subways of New York City.
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I'd recommend this book to any guitarist who wants to find the song within their heart and play those good notes.
Every guitarist, no, every musician, should own a copy of this and read it and re-read it until the covers fall off.
Each chapter begins with a quote from a well-known guitarist.
It is not a 'method' book, and I would say it is not for young beginners (as they may not see the relevance of the whole approach) but I now suggest it to all my serious students. In fact, for about 90% of the material one could replace the word "guitar" with any other instrument. I've suggested that my wife (an accordionist) reads it, and have just bought a second copy to give to my son, who is a professional drummer!
one thing for sure, I couldn't put it down once I opened it up!
I think that's the key, if you have an open mind, you may just find Zen guitar a good read and you may just learn a few things along the way.No riffs or licks here just an insight to attitude
as with everything guitar, its all about patience and practice, this book gives you a deeper meaning to the actions we take when learning the guitar
I recommend it, simply because it was different and I learnt something new along the way!and i have learnt to empty my cup !