Number of page: 208
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Unleash the song of your soul with Zen Guitar, a contemplative handbook that draws on ancient Eastern wisdom and applies it to music and performance.Each of us carries a song inside us, the song that makes us human. Zen Guitar provides the key to unlocking this song—a series of life lessons presented through the metaphor of music. Philip Sudo offers his own experiences with music to enable us to rediscover the harmony in each of our lives and open ourselves to Zen awareness uniquely suited to the Western Mind. Through fifty-eight lessons that provide focus and a guide, the reader is led through to Zen awareness. This harmony is further illuminated through quotes from sources ranging from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis. From those who have never strummed a guitar to the more experienced, Zen Guitar shows how the path of music offers fulfillment in all aspects of life—a winning idea and an instant classic.
- Kyle Dunn
Exceptional I’m not much of a reader, but I am reading this book and will continue to re-read it. For a means of inspiration and guild lines for not only music but everyday life.
- Derek Sheh
very zen truly one of my favourite. the lessons serve as great reminders and reference to calmness and serenity. i keep the paper copy on my desk at work
- Jesse Ferrari
Want to unleash your heart apon your music?? Became a black belt, but everyday I put on my white belt ready to open my mind. This book is all heart, and that’s what separates “Musicians” & “Players”
LibraryThing Review A terrific book that is about more than just guitar playing — although you do learn a lot about the right attitudes to playing a guitar. Can be used for any instrument, can be used for other activities in life.
LibraryThing Review One of the most important, enjoyable books I’ve ever had the good fortune to read. The concept of zen is familiar to many, and this book is certainly laden with familiar concepts, but it manages to
LibraryThing Review Interesting perspective on how to approach guitar playing, many of the teachings in this book can be applied not only to music but any other endeavor in life. This is the kind of book that I would
LibraryThing Review Even though I’m a bassist, there’s still so much to take from this book. Less strident than Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft but sharing some ideas here and there, it gets players to set aside the
LibraryThing Review The gentle coaxing in “Zen Guitar” is my favorite kind of read. Easy to pick up and taste, anytime you need a pick me up. It has many quotes from musicians, guitarists of course, who tell what it
Anyone who has ever cursed a computer will benefit from Zen Computer with its soothing approach to living calmly amid the constant upheavals of new technology In a simple easy to read style Philip Toshio Sudo shows how the ancient principles of Zen philosophy apply to the modern science of bits and bytes helping computer novices and the techno savvy alike deal with everything from computer crashes to major life changes Divided into short concise chapters the book includes a user s guide to mindful computing and features The Seven Rules of Zen Computer Quotes from thinkers such as Blaise Pascal Albert Einstein and Bill Gates illustrate the links between Western science and Eastern philosophy making Zen Computer accessible to all readers regardless of their familiarity with Zen Filled with Zen stories samurai maxims and beautiful artwork that combines Japanese brush painting with digital imagery Zen Computer shows us how the interface between the traditional and technological can be found right here right now
Guitar Zero: The Science of Becoming Musical at Any Age
On the eve of his 40th birthday Gary Marcus a renowned scientist with no discernible musical talent learns to play the guitar and investigates how anyone of any age can become musical Do you have to be born musical to become musical Do you have to start at the age of six Using the tools of his day job as a cognitive psychologist Gary Marcus becomes his own guinea pig as he takes up the guitar In a powerful and incisive look at how both children and adults become musical Guitar Zero traces Marcus s journey what he learned and how anyone else can learn too A groundbreaking peek into the origins of music in the human brain this musical journey is also an empowering tale of the mind s enduring plasticity Marcus investigates the most effective ways to train body and brain to learn to play an instrument in a quest that takes him from Suzuki classes to guitar gods From deliberate and efficient practicing techniques to finding the right music teacher Marcus translates his own experience as well as reflections from world renowned musicians into practical advice for anyone hoping to become musical or to learn a new skill Guitar Zero debunks the popular theory of an innate musical instinct while simultaneously challenging the idea that talent is only a myth While standing the science of music on its head Marcus brings new insight into humankind s most basic question what counts as a life well lived Does one have to become the next Jimi Hendrix to make a passionate pursuit worthwhile or can the journey itself bring the brain lasting satisfaction For all those who have ever set out to play an instrument or wish that they could Guitar Zero is an inspiring and fascinating look at the pursuit of music the mechanics of the mind and the surprising rewards that come from following one s dreams
Riff Notes: Acoustic Guitar Basics
Guitar Reference Understanding what an acoustic guitar is including all of its essential parts and how they work will be critical to choosing the one that is right for you In this Riff Notes series book you ll discover everything you need to know not only to help guide you in choosing the right acoustic guitar but also how to understand the instrument so you can get off to a fast start There are many types of acoustic guitars and all the basics necks tuning keys fret boards pick ups bridges bodies woods and more are not the same so having a basic understanding of them will help immensely Also included is how to do basic electric guitar maintenance and care All of this and more will be explained in this Riff Notes book
Riff Notes: Guitar String Basics
Guitar Reference Strings are the most important part of your guitar They are the source of the sound and are what you are actually playing In this Riff Notes series book you ll discover everything you need to know about strings so you can immediately get off to the right start whether you are playing an electric or acoustic guitar The two main types of strings steel and nylon are fully explored Steel is metal and nylon is a stretchy plastic Strings are either plain or wound and this is how they are referred to when we are talking about a single string Any guitar you buy comes with strings already on it but knowing all about them what kind are right for your guitar and how to maintenance and replace your strings is essential All of this and more will be explained in this Riff Notes book