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the self I present to the world

by slow_the_tape

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about

zen guitar: one

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in february 2022, during one of my frequent charity shop hauls, i chanced upon a tea-stained copy of the book 'zen guitar' by philip toshio sudo

if you know me in real life, you probably know I'm not really a 'zen' kind of guy

(whatever that means)

quite the opposite, really

it's probably true to say i have a deep mistrust of any person or group who proposes a one-size-fits-all way of life or practice or belief

despite this, I bought sudo's book, in the hope it might recharge a creative impulse I felt had recently floundered, after a year of focusing almost exclusively on the technical side of my guitar playing

once home, i was relieved to find that sudo's book was not dogmatic at all but, instead, offered refreshingly simple and welcome wisdom on the art of learning (and continuing) to play a musical instrument

for three weeks in march, i read one chapter a day

after finishing each chapter, I wrote and recorded a new piece of music

the corresponding chapter names and tracks are:

self-doubt: tracks 1 & 2
limits: track 3
taste: tracks 4 & 5
play: track 6
discipline: track 7
perfection: track 8
technique: tracks 9 & 11
stages and plateaus: track 10
mistakes: track 12

this is the first in a series of slow_the_tape releases inspired by sudo's 'zen guitar'

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released November 4, 2022

recorded at home, 10-30th march 2022

artwork by @onetenthhero

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slow_the_tape Scotland, UK

//barely-composed//
// instrumental //
// imperfect //
// looped //
// electric //
// guitar //

all artwork by @onetenthhero

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