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Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo - Unleash the song of your soul with Zen Guitar, a contemplative handbook that draws on ancient Eastern wisdom and applies. 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. Zen Guitar - Ebook written by Philip Toshio Sudo. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading.
Not necessarily what you want to play. All you can ever do is be yourself and play your song. Trust in the truth of naive musicianship; there you will find what you are meant to play.
Get back to your basic root foundations when the music was innocent, unself-conscious and was played with egoless expression.
Lose your bearings and let your openness lead you to new ones. The Way of Zen Guitar is within you! You must discover the key to unlock it. Instant Gratification A. Ego A. Maintain a healthy ego balance. You must have enough ego to have a strong sense of self, but too much ego will lead you off the path.
Have faith in your abilities, yet have enough sense to take praise and flattery with a grain of salt just as you would with the criticism you receive. Don't let your ego over-inflate.
Talking trash about others or talking highly of oneself usually stems from an ego that feels so small it must inflate itself through public attention. Displaying "False Modesty" is insincerity that usually stems from an overly large ego. Just knowing who you are and what you can do should be all the ego you'll ever need. Integrity of your music should come first!
In the end, power and money are like footprints on the beach as compared to the Way — here one moment and then washed away. Halfheartedness A. To move down the path, you must commit your heart to training. The only way to do this is to truly love it. All the effort you put into it should only increase your joy. If not, then something is seriously wrong.
Check your spirit. To do so you must find those words of conviction that you live and die by that are tattooed deep down in your heart and soul that exclaim: "This is who I am, and this is what I believe!
What you say can put you right back on the path. Overearnestness A. Pursue the Way sincerely, but don't try too hard. Overearnestness is the opposite of halfheartedness. Don't push yourself onto an audience without allowing the listener any space to come to them.
Even if you make a good first impression, chances are the audience will lose respect for you very quickly. Pace yourself.
Like those who are so eager to lose weight that they rush into a new workout routine and injure themselves, players must also learn to pace themselves. An overearnest spirit is like pouring beer into a glass too fast, foaming over without control. You must learn how to fill the glass exactly to the brim. Study hard, but stay relaxed. Self-control is the key. The measure of mastery is NOT through what you show But rather, what you hold back.
Beware of the common misconception that an excessively loud volume level equates to passion and intensity. If you must play at loud volumes, learn how to properly harness that power and control it like a veteran jockey controls a race horse. Although we feel the power, a measure of restraint shows through. Speed A. Music is NOT a race for points to see who can get the most notes in. Speed is a byproduct of technique — not an end to be pursued in itself. It is far more important for a musician to understand tempo, timing, pacing and quickness.
Like a car, if you play a song too fast you're giving it too much gas, and if you play it too slow the tune wobbles like the wheels coming off an axle. A song played at just the right speed feels like a well-built car taking a corner with the driver in full control. Having a sense of the moment — a feel for exactly when to strike.
A punchline delivered a moment too soon or a moment too late can kill a joke's impact. The same goes for notes played in music. How one plays within the tempo is pacing. Against a slow tempo, a certain guitar run may sound fast, whereas against a fast tempo, the same run sounds slow. Think like a baseball pitcher — after a series of slow pitches, a fast- ball looks that much faster. Know when to speed up and when to slow down.
Quickness is the speed of thought-to-action, not necessarily speedy technique. There is NO haste in quickness, only pure control. It's like saying in hind- sight after a verbal misunderstanding, "What I should have said was Competition A. Know the difference between healthy and unhealthy competition.
Healthy competition can help us learn more about ourselves — how far we can go, how we respond to pressure and where we need to improve. Unhealthy competitive attitudes used as a means to prove yourself to others or for self-motivation creates disharmony, and shows your insecurity. Should you feel a need to prove yourself in this way, check your ego. What are you trying to prove and why?
Measure yourself against your own standards and capabilities, not of others.
There will always be people with more talent, and there will always be people with less. Learn to accept your place with humility and grace, not smugness or jealousy. Witnessing talent greater than yours should inspire you to find your own path in life, not discourage you because you may not be able to follow that person's path. If you must inject competitive spirit in your training, channel it towards the opponent within.
Obsession A. Do NOT think, breathe and live guitar 24 hrs. Think, breathe, live and then play guitar. If all you know is the guitar to the exclusion of everything else around you, your playing will be empty.
Relate your guitar playing to the world at large and vice versa. The golfer who only sees the tree as an obstacle, the sand only as a trap, and the water only as a hazard may indeed be a skilled technician, but will never reach the level of artistry. What you bring to your playing is the sum of what you are. Mishandled Criticism A. Learn how to take criticism in the same way you should give it.
If you must criticize at all, do so in the spirit of building up, NOT tearing down.
When taking criticism, learn and benefit from that which is given in the spirit of building up, and ignore the criticism that attempts to tear you down; do not allow anything to pierce your armor. Remember, critics can be quick to find fault with anything, but empty when it comes to providing an alternative. No matter what you do or how respected you are, you can't please everyone!
Learn to recognize the different kinds of critics: People whose criticism stems from a difference in taste Just because someone else's taste is different doesn't mean it's better. Those who criticise in hindsight without knowing the whole story It's easy to play "Monday-morning Quarterback" and quite a different matter to be on the field facing the blitz.
Those whose criticism stems from ego Either to show how clever they are, or due to their own insecurity. Through cutting others they seek to make themselves look better.
Don't beat up on yourself. Even if you think you know your flaws, there is no need to advertise them. Most people wouldn't have noticed anyway. Use your training to become your own best critic. Then, no one can tell you what you don't already know. Failure To Adjust A. Make the most out of a bad situation. Some things are just out of our control — breaking a string, blowing a fuse, etc.
How you react to the unexpected reveals your true spirit. Learn to fall like a cat — on your feet. When things fall apart; make art! If the power goes out on you during a gig in the middle of a song, lead the audience in a giant sing-along until power is restored. Sometimes we're lucky and sometimes we're not.
Then again, luck can be a matter of attitude. It's all in how you look at the situation — is the glass half-empty, or half-full? Loss Of Focus A. You can't chase two rabbits at once. Try to avoid distraction and stay on course.
Whenever we lose our point of focus, we can usually blame either a lack of concentration or a lack of commitment. Lack of concentration The Way of Zen Guitar is to fight the short attention span. Should anything interrupt their count — a stray thought, hearing a noise, or even the sound of their own breathing — they must start over from one.
Lack of commitment Follow through on what you commit to do. If you commit to mastering a lick, then do NOT move on to something harder until you have done so.
Tend to polishing your own path rather than looking for a better one to follow. When we look around to see what other people have and where they are going, we lose focus on what's important: What we have, and where we are going!
The farther you go on your own path, the more you will understand every other path, for at the end Overthinking A. The answer lies in action; not words. Don't over-analyze things to death.
The Zen Guitar Dojo is a place to be. Based on the spirit and principles of the Japanese dojo, it is a participatory community that seeks to elevate the human spirit through music. The Zen Guitar Dojo is a gathering place for artists who want to explore the possibilities of cyberspace under the umbrella of the Zen Guitar philosophy. Join performer and teacher Jeff Peretz on a musical journey that will open your mind and improve your guitar playing in ways you've never dreamed of.
Using the practice of skill cultivation, one of the principles at the heart of Zen philosophy, you'll discover ways to develop your powers of concentration, "let go" as a player, and become a complete guitarist.
Along the way, you'll learn about the history of Zen; the application of Zen to rhythm, melody, and harmony; and new ways of thinking about familiar musical elements. You'll find Zen and the Art of Guitar a musical learning experience unlike any you've ever encountered. The examples in this book work. By breaking down the sudy of the guitar into 3 main elements rhythm, melody and harmony , Jeff Peretz has laid out one of the clearest methods of understanding how to improve your guitar playing. Each example has a well defined goal and a step by step process to get you there.
The companion CD is great because it allows you hear what each example is supposed to sound like. Being someone who has practiced meditation for 15 years, I found the meditations in the book relavent and on the money. As I read through the history of Zen and played through the examples I couldnt help but wonder what took so long for a book like this to be written.
Not only is this book a great read but it also has some of the most inventive musical exercises I have come across. Unlike the book Zen Guitar which I also recommend this book is a real "how to" study in letting go and letting it all hang out.
Non guitar players will love the way the Zen process is presented. Guitar players will find the exercises challenging yet accesible. It's about time that someone wrote a book about Zen and guitar playing for the musicstand and not just the coffee table.
This means that you must play often and continuously. There are no true shortcuts, because the long way around is where the best learning happens. Focus Choose to play a few things well, as opposed to trying to learn how to do everything. Be aware of your limits and maximise your strengths; instead of getting hung up on something you think you should know how to do, spend time on the things that come naturally to you, because this is the music inside you trying to come out.
A chimpanzee could learn what I do physically, but it goes way beyond that. When you play, you play life. Learn to listen better, both to others and to your own guitar playing.
The Uberchord app is a huge help with this, keeping you on track and easing you into improving your playing. You can start by just playing one chord mindfully and then working up to more. A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The best music is music that uses the fewest elements needed to create an effect. Too many notes per second can really dilute the impact. You should be involving all of yourself, heart.
Determination Victor Wooten Determination is making a decision and sticking with it. This opens you and keeps you open to anything and everything coming at you that might be of service to your guitar learning. Never give up. Stay on the path but walk for distance, not speed. There is only one reason that you ever fail at anything…and that is because you eventually change your mind.
Wooten 4. Expression Joni Mitchel Cultivate sensitivity— sensitivity to yourself, your fellow musicians, and your audience, but especially sensitivity to the music.
Now, express yourself. Try to make the sound of the divine spark within you. Be sincere and authentic, and play from your heart. I thrive on change. Yin and Yang Wes Montgomery Embrace duality. Sound and silence, highs and lows, loud and soft, teaching and being taught. Remember that opposites are essential parts of the whole. This includes right notes and wrong notes.
There really are no mistakes. My aim is to move from one vein to the other without any trouble. The biggest thing to me is keeping a feeling, regardless what you play. The Groove Joe Pass This is bit hard to describe in words, even though every sincere guitarist has experienced it.