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Zen Guitar Paperback – Mar 24 1998
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About the Author
Philip Toshio Sudo (1959–2002) was the eldest son of Japanese-American parents. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Liberal Arts degree. He then went on to Columbia University, where he received his Master’s Degree in journalism. He is the author of Zen Guitar, Zen 24/7, Zen Sex, and The Book of Six Strings.
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Once I started to read it, I could not believe how many great thoughts it had. This book has SO many valuable sayings written in such a simple language! Take for instance couple of these, "if you can't play what you hear, then hear what you play" or "do it [practice] as much as needs to be done, as well as it needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and do it this way every time."
I don't like to read it too fast though because I need to put it through my own "filter", well, I just like to chew on :).
I would say that "Zen Guitar" is for anyone who is interested in philosophy or/and any kind of art. I play some music instruments as well, and I think this book will help you depending on what you are looking for. For some it is strictly for that specific instrument (read: GUITAR) and will put some more soul in their sound but for others it just can be a starting point to many exciting discoveries in LIFE... enjoy!
Since the first time i picked up a guitar back in 1995, i've been completely and utterly awed and inspired by Johnny Rzeznik of the GOO GOO DOLLS. His songwriting and guitar playing always amazed me, and in one interview i read, he had spoken about this book and how it had helped him.
Now, i have been playin guitar for 8 years now...and i'm pretty damn good! I've played for professional theatre productions, various bands, i even played in the band for Late Show with David Letterman. I thought i was good ~ Then i read this book and realized just how much i was MISSING!
Don't get it wrong ---> this book isn't going to poison you with some strange new dogma. All you need to do is believe that there is in fact a spiritual connection between what your fingers are doing on the fretboard and what is going on in your heart. This book teaches you how to harness that and use it to your advantage. I honestly believe, and dozens of my co-workers and friends have agreed, that my guitar playing has been taken to a whole new level.
ALL YOU GUITAR PLAYERS OUT THERE, I URGE YOU TO DO THE SAME. This book will be the best ... bucks you'll ever spend in your musical career. Enjoy it, and learn something. You might be surprised by what you find out.
Most guitar books are filled with the guitar gibberish that people "think" they need...many folks read them and accumulate an abundance of skills, but fail to consider why they really need skills. Most Zen books are chock full of Zen parables that people "think" ought to be included in a Zen text, ...many folks read them and accumulate an abundance of clever stories, but fail to realize that each story is a tool designed to inspire a particular state of mind. This book splits the difference and gives your head what it actually needs...the essential state of mind needed to make truly heartfelt music.
To truly appreciate this book, one must be willing to explore, in depth, on a spiritual level, the reasons that one is drawn to making music. Not everyone is seemingly able to do this. I truly feel bad for, but do not fault those who are unable to appreciate the gravity of this work.
Oh, one other thing, RIP Philip, you will be missed.
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I have always been a kind of Zen guy, consequently I have played guitar for half my life. Never have I thought of guitar with a zen philosophy. That has all changed for me.Published 6 months ago by Gregory Sorfleet
This book was recommended to me by a YouTube musician friend. really enjoyed reading it and checking the author's website on the subject. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2012 by roosterwales2
If you can only play one string - then play it! That is the spirit of this book. it connects the basics of guitar playing to spiritual development. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by isala
Who can't be attracted to this book: great title, short 'n easy to read...? Only problem is that's all there is to it: this book HAD to be written... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by J. S. Yes.
This is a wonderful book, but it is not used to teach guitar, as some reviewers have tried to convince you. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2003
I really dug this book. It inspired me to get an old guitar out of the closet and start plucking away again. It is really an approach on life in general but applied to guitar. Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by Jeff Sanders
This is a great book ! I reccomend this book to any guitar player beginner or advanced ! Even if you play a diffrent instrument other than guitar it will still teach you about you... Read morePublished on March 14 2003 by Theresa Magellan
Zen Guitar speaks to that part of you (if you are listening) that gets so little attention in the hectic day-to-day chatter of this world. Read morePublished on March 7 2003
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