Zen Guitar

Zen Guitar

by Philip Toshio Sudo, Philip T. Sudo

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ISBN-13: 9780684838779
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/24/1998
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 179,730
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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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Zen Guitar 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
neonguru More than 1 year ago
I like books that simplify things in an interesting way and this book delivers. You really can learn the basics of Zen by playing the guitar. But the lessons don't stop with the guitar, it applies to all facets of life. So even if you don't play the guitar, you can learn about zen. And likewise, if you play the guitar but don't really care about zen philosophy, it will still apply to you. But I think those who are just a little interested in either topic will find this a simple and easy read, but packed with wisdom. It makes me long to wear the white belt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is not a how-to book but a how-you-can book. 'Three chords and the truth' never rang so true or hit home so hard. The author encourages you to express YOURSELF and to always share and always learn. Very encouraging and refreshing. A fun, light read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book for Christmas, and the philosophies and approaches are already beginning to alter my grades, my relationships, my happiness, and of course my playing. If I could manage it, this book would have 50 stars! Not just for musicians, this book will guide ANYONE to a happier and more fulfilling life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great way to see your self through to being a true source of your own voice. It expresses the very nature of self expression and a way to have you happen on a level that transcends ordinary thinking or lack there of.
csaavedra on LibraryThing 1 days ago
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 probably carry with my guitar, since reading any of the chapters at any given time can be enlightening and bring refreshing inspiration.The quotes that open each chapter are really nice, I believe this book is an interesting read for anyone in music, let it be professionally, hobbyist, or just a beginner.
Maggie_Foote on LibraryThing 1 days ago
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.
plappen on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This book doesn't teach any specific guitar playing technique. Rather, it looks at the spiritual side of making music; if you will, the zen of playing guitar.Everyone carries a song inside themselves, it's what makes us human. This book offers a key to letting out that song. Once you have picked up a guitar and properly tuned it, don't worry if you don't know any songs. Play just one note on one string and give it every bit of your heart and soul. Then repeat the process.When you start regular practice, start with one new habit: Do one thing the right way one time. In the next moment, make the same commitment. On the other hand, there are potholes along the way that must be avoided at all costs. It's easy to skip practice "just once," a year later, the guitar is covered with dust and cobwebs.Some feel that learning a certain technique is the most important thing in guitar playing. It's certainly important, but the more complicated the technique, the more brainpower that must be devoted to it. The aim is to play with the proper spirit, to play without having to consider technique. A person must have something to say, first.To progress down the path of Zen Guitar, you need to love guitar playing and commit your heart to training. If it isn't fun for you, then there is a big problem. Don't be halfhearted about it. Overearnestness is just as bad. Some guitarists force themselves on an audience through excess volume or pyrotechnics. Learn self-control. A measure of mastery is through what you hold back, not what you show.Another important part of guitar playing is responsibility. You must develop your talent to the fullest capacity, with no excuses. You must respect those who come to you with open ears and foster a feeling of community. Also, act as teacher to those who are seeking their own way along the path of Zen Guitar.If there is a single rule to Zen Guitar, it might be this: Do what has to be done, when it has to be done, as well as it can be done, and do it that way every time.This is a fine piece of writing. It certainly gives a new perspective to guitar playing, whether it's folk music or heavy metal. I'm sure much of this book could apply to any instrument. For musicians and music lovers, this is very much worth reading.
sweatyb on LibraryThing 1 days ago
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 technique (that they should be learning, nonetheless) and concentrate on what they're trying to say.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One becomes a teacher by first learning from a teacher....once a teacher, he learns from his student. Zen Guitar shows you the Way to always be both. In one day's time I altered the way I practice, listen, teach and even pick up the guitar. You'll never be the same after this one
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that attempts to place the individual on the path of self discovery. It offers a unique perspective that has long been lacking in the study of music. In it you will find the tools to help you grow, not only as a musician, but as a person. In the end you may come to realize that these efforts are one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of books attempt to gain mileage by adding zen or tao to their titles. Not so in this case! An elegantly written book for anyone wanting to play (guitar or any instrument) better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My guitar teacher got me into this book; he called it the 'old testament'. It will make the music you play sound perfect to your ear, incorporating old zen sayings and calming, intelligent writing style that includes some rules for everyday life. Not strictly for guitarists. It is the musician's Bible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is one book that leads you into have personal meaning to your guitar playing.
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Pad in. A tortiseshell mews to Hawktalon,"Ill be your mate. Im Dawnpelt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes u may. Camp next res
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need a mate"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That no name kit really needs a name. The votes are even in the vote thing so what is her name?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome thanks!" She bounded there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The handsome dark tabby tom licked a paw, his eyes gazing around. (Looking for a mate...)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty please?