If you're a musician
with audio files on the 'Net, here's a place to get heard.
On a rotating basis, ZG Radio will feature the music of dojo
members who provide a link to their Internet audio files.
(For tips on how to create music files, check out www.mp3.com.)
Email your link to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject
heading: ZG Radio). Include a brief description of your music
and, preferably, why your work fits within the spirit of
the Zen Guitar Dojo. In the future, as technological capabilities
permit, ZG Radio will be looking to evolve into a real-time
For more details, read the Zen Guitar
Alexander Vynograd plays an 8-string guitar,
a new musical instrument with unique pitch, devices, and
repertoire. Specially for Zen spirit are following pieces:
Vynograd <email@example.com, www.vynograd.de>
Love Motel is one of New York's better-planned secrets. Painstakingly
assembled from the
detrius of old dashboard-banging radio hits, possibly misheard
jazz changes and post-graduate theses, and then abruptly
disassembled, their sound is at once familiar and uncategorizable.
A whiff of the mixing pot (to change the metaphor) reveals
traces of all epochs of life-giving two-guitars-bass-and-drums
rock and roll from the dawn of the garage and before. Along
with mastering every conceivable song in the key of E, the
band evinces an ambition to explore and explode (and refasten)
all the normal limits of structure, melody, harmony, lyrics,
timbre and genre in the rock and roll song--to set off hundreds
of those little charges of nitro in the brain and feet. They
are, in short, Shanghai Love Motel, and dare anyone to prove
my music is based in traditional blues and country. Upon
that foundation, I build songs that
are relevant for my experience, so that I can sing the lyrics
honestly. The lyrics are often noted for startling images
or subtle humor, as in the line 'the moon hung so low, I
swear I saw Neil Armstrong's footprints glow' from the song
'One More Summer of Love.' Although never having formally
practiced any sort of Zen meditation, I began learning about
Zen many years ago while reading a copy of Zen Flesh,
Zen Bones given to me by a friend. What drew me first
was the humor I perceived in the book. It had been a few
years since I thought much about Zen when I bought Zen
Guitar last year. I began having many of those feelings
I had when I first discovered Zen coupled with a new discipline
for the guitar which I'd never known before. The song 'One
More Summer of Love' which is posted at my website was written
during this time and I think it reflects that spirit musically
and lyrically. Another song 'Blues for Robert Johnson,' is
very different in spirit, being much more aggressive and
perhaps reflecting my new dedication to the instrument. Thanks
for a great book."
Rathmann is a guitarist, writer and professional communicator
living in the lake country
of Southeastern Wisconsin. All of this guitar playing and
working during the day eats into his fishing time, but the
sacrifice is necessary.
sound has mellowed over time into a bluesy, Latin groove
style. His guitar guru Jim "Rockin'
Jimmy" Crimmins has been a bigger influence on him than
anyone else. But other influences include Carlos Santana,
Robben Ford, Buzz Feiten, Mike Stern, Charlie Parker and
Jean Michael Jarre.
Rathmann, who studied journalism and religion
at the University of Wisconsin, is co-author, with Crimmins,
of the hot-selling guitar instructional book, "Rockin'
Jimmy's Daily Guitar Workout." The book is designed
to help students drill the physical side of playing into
their hands to they can effortlessly express themselves in
The duo is currently working on a book on improvisation.
ZG reader Paul Knowles sends this link to his
Arizona-based band, featuring Nic Storto, who quotes the
wisdom of The
Tao of Pooh (by Benjamin Hoff): "Rabbit's clever
and he has brain, I suppose that's why he never UNDERSTANDS
anything." Paul says, "Be sure to visit my friend Adrian
Belew's site as well... a true ZEN guitarist."