California Dream’n Guitars

If there is a common thread amongst all post 1850’s music, it would be the instrument we all recognize and adore…the GUITAR. Simple in design, practical in form, adaptable in function and easy to carry on the road…guitars became the mainstay. From ‘Hank to Hendrix’ these wonderful instruments continue to warm our hearts, providing the stories we love with music. Joni, Bob, Neil, Chuck, Elvis and Muddy…the list is endless…



8 Enlightening Zen Teachings to Master the Art of Guitar

Zen Masters, Famous Guitarists, and You

And now breathe in this thought as if for the first time . . . I am great . . . Just let that thought swim around in your head. I am a master. I am great. ~Kenny Werner

All you have to do to become a master guitar player is to kill yourself practicing, right? Wrong, at least according to a sizeable pantheon of Zen masters and guitar virtuosos.

Becoming a guitar master is not, as we often assume, reducible to the simple formula of blood, sweat, and tears. Sure, hard work is in order, but sometimes success comes at the end of other less tangible characteristics of the learning process.

Zen is a form of Buddhism that counsels, among other things, patience, following your gut, and effortlessness in reaching goals. Many guitarists have chosen the Zen path to enlightenment and on the way have discovered that Zen teachings have not only helped them to be happier and calmer, they’ve also assisted them in becoming better musicians.

The following are just a few of the foundation stones of painless guitar mastery…



Rare Guitar Shop

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