“Zen Guitar” by Philip Toshio Sudo is one of the most helpful books on playing guitar that I have encountered, and I highly recommend it to every guitarist.  It is unique among instructional books about guitar in that it has nothing to say about chords, scales, or technical matters at all.  As the author points […]

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FUNDAMENTALS OF JAZZ IMPROVISATION A Few Thoughts on the Subject by Max Ridgway   This little essay is not meant to be a comprehensive examination of jazz improvisation, nor is it an authoritative or final word on the subject; there are many excellent books already, and they are all helpful. I am merely presenting a […]

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International jazz combo includes Oklahoma musician on guitar, sitar Top photo by Sarah Hussain / Lower photo courtesy Sean O’Bryan Smith. Sitar player Max Ridgway (above) and bassist Sean O’Bryan Smith (below) contribute to the Kazhargan World Jazz Group. ANDREW W. GRIFFIN | APRIL 18, 2017 CATEGORY: RUSTY’S MUSIC ALVA, Okla. – Although Max Ridgway […]

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Observations on Free Improvisation by Max Ridgway   The Harvard Dictionary of Music defines musical improvisation as “the art of performing music as an immediate reproduction of simultaneous mental processes, that is, without the aid of manuscript or memory…a phenomenon the evanescent nature of which defies documentation and detailed description.” As this definition suggests, musical […]

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