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Lessons from The Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Improvisation

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Promo Video for The Musician’s Book of Five Rings

 

Author/Musician Steve Kaufman introduces his book, The Musician’s Book Of Five Rings and describes in detail the contents that are an invaluable resource of strategies based on Samurai philosophy to empower musician’s and composers to ascend to the highest level of performance and excellence of execution.

 

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Lessons from The Musician’s Book of Five Rings

The Musician’s Book of Five Rings

Samurai Strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for Excellence and Ascension of Performance

Nine Fundamental Strategic Precepts to Enhance Performance

There are nine fundamental precepts essential for the evolution and perfection of anyone wanting to accomplish anything of merit and long lasting worth. Know that practice and study are never completed. It is foolhardy to think in terms of having fulfilled all the requirements of study and no longer take into consideration the need for additional work and devotion. The “spirit of the thing itself” will do the same, and the artist will suffer. When warriors think they have learned all there is to learn about their particular weaponry, they, too, will find that the spirit of the tools they use has also departed. If you will to devote yourself to a specific discipline, then that discipline must be the totality of your life. If it is not, then you are merely a pretender, and although you may retain proficiency on certain levels, you cannot consider yourself to be worthy of attention to be derived from a muse.

1 – Always be sincere in your dealings with everyone and be aware of the need for the same with devotion to your art.

2 – The only way to ascend to greatness and to maintain it is with constant devotion and practice.

3 – Become familiar with every art you encounter. You will learn more about music when you examine the reality of other arts.

4 – Understand the “way” of other forms of expression to see more fully into your own, without prejudice.

5 – Know the difference between right and wrong, with all people. Do not succumb to seemingly false advantage by lack of discipline.

6 – Strive for inner judgment and understanding of all things.

7 – See what cannot be seen; hear what cannot be heard.

8 – Overlook nothing, regardless of seeming meaninglessness.

9 – Do not waste time idling with inconsequential trivialities, other than for relaxation

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Hanshi Kaufman Talks About the Musician’s Book of Five Rings

Link to my interview on Jimmy Jaguar Radio on 12/18/2018. Subject is The Musician’s Book of Five Rings. I spoke about inculcating the samurai mindset into a musician’s psyche and how it can empower a player’s ascension to the highest level of performance accomplishment by following the teachings in my version of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, (still the best-selling version in the world). Beginning 30 seconds lost due to call being dropped, but the remainder is intact.

https://www.talkshoe.com/episode/5747619

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Poem From “The Living Tao”

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The Musician’s Book of Five Rings Introduction – Part 3

The Musician’s Book of Five Rings

Samurai Strategies for Excellence of Performance

Introduction Part 3

The Book of Water explains how all things flow with a natural rhythm in appropriate space and time. Water fills all shapes regardless of other impositions as to its functionality. All things are eventually worn away by water—all things—and so you should think in terms of being able to wear away any impediments to your life and artistic development by not considering any form of impossibility or submitting to unreasonable fears that you may or may not self-impose. With correct determination, you will conquer any difficulty that presents itself, regardless of the form it represents. It is your consciousness that determines how you will ascend to mastery, and no amount of coercion from any source, positive or negative, will empower you to do this without your ardent desire to do it for yourself and for the art you practice. Reality is mostly intuitive, and the more you apply yourself to the acceptance of your own greatness, your greatness will empower itself in you, as you, and through you in all aspects of your life experiences.

If you would like to sponsor or recommend colleges, music schools, music stores, or other venue(s) near you to host a clinic or seminar contact me at stevekayemusic@gmail.com

©SFK 2018 – ISBN 978-1-56224-323-4 http://musiciansfiverings.weebly.com

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Quartertones for Saxophone

During my research and studies into microtonality and becoming familiar with the computer possibilities of alternate tunings for the acoustic horn, I worked on developing a quartertone platform for saxophone. This was more difficult than I had first thought, in that no mechanical device could be added to the body of the saxophone (i.e., a quartertone shift key), compared to adding a valve to a brass instrument. Additionally, tone control is hard to accomplish because of the variances in embouchure transitions, without bending. However, with some practice and ear training, it is possible to play note pluses and minuses in 50 cent variances.
Brief Bio of author: KAUFMAN, Steve b. 1939, NYC based composer (computer) synthesist, and focusing on microtonality since the early 60’s. (See article and chart in PITCH 1:4)
Article was originally published in PITCH for the International Microtonalist
Volume 1, #4, Spring 1990(C)Stephen F. Kaufman
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Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Introduction Part 2

The Musician’s Book of Five Rings
Samurai Strategies for Excellence of Performance
Introduction – Part 2

The Book of Earth represents the foundation and the groundwork of any art or craft and introduces you to a complete familiarization with the fundamentals as well as why it is essential to understand the mechanisms of other arts and disciplines. It is difficult to understand the universe by only acknowledging the sun and the moon; there are countless aspects, including stars, comets, and planets along with countless other galaxies and universe. Endeavor to know everything you can about any particular environment in which you include yourself. Though this may seem daunting at first, the reality is that once you are aware of other aspects in your universe, other universes will reveal the same truths, though with a different perspective. To know about these things will assist you in becoming more proficient in your own understanding and empower you to become excellent in your self-presentation as well as giving you additional tools to perform on higher levels of consciousness and musicianship. Contemplation of these matters is essential if you are to ascend to the magnificence of your desires and dreams.

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If you would like to sponsor or recommend colleges, music schools, music stores, or other venue(s) near you to host a clinic or seminar contact me at: stevekayemusic@gmail.com
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The Musician’s Book of Five Rings Intro

The Master Greets You

My name is Miyamoto Musashi. I have beaten over sixty battle-tested warriors in personal combat and duels. As I approached my sixtieth year, I took a step back, and, reflecting upon my life, and, in a flash of insight and wisdom, came to understand my great success. Having been virtuous and especially gifted was something that never fazed me as to my abilities, in as much as the probable reason for it to have manifested in my life. Regardless of the thoughts of others, the good or bad aspects of their study and training, even possibly simple good luck, may or may not have had anything to do with it. What I believe was the main reason for my personal growth and ascension was simply that I willed it, demanded it for myself, and constantly studied and practiced from dawn to dusk, even into the night. I had only one thing in my mind, and that was to become the consummate practitioner of my art.

In this little book I am going to teach you the why and wherefore of all profound accomplishment. At times, you will think that I am simply repeating myself, over and again, and it is good that you recognize that. It is for the express purpose of enforcing my teachings upon you until they are part of your psyche and become irrefutable. By constant repetition, you will learn the reality of my strategy, and I will not leave it to you to grasp my meanings in a superficial manner.

I give you The Book of Five Rings in five sections called Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and No-thing. The fundamental basis of my teaching is in the book of Earth, which lays the foundation and groundwork for the entire, practical philosophy of strategy. Water explains the natural flow of things; Fire, the passion for accomplishment; Wind, the ambiguities of meaningless presumption and, finally, the way of No-thing-ness as the true nature of being.

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The Musician’s Book of Five Rings Now Available

The Musician’s Book of Five Rings is finally here!

From martial arts to musical acts, Hanshi Stephen Kaufman teaches samurai strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for excellence and ascension of performance.

In this day and age, it is rare to find an individual that has devoted his life to this process of dual mastery—over oneself and one’s art. Hanshi Stephen Kaufman is the real deal! He lives what he teaches and continues to dedicate his life to refining the highest principles of discipline and performance within himself and to share his extensive wisdom with countless aspiring students worldwide.

Book is published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz and is available at http://www.jazzbooks.com/

Also available and signed by the author at http://www.hanshi.com/

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Update on Musician’s Book of Five Rings

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An update on the progress of my new book release, The Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Samurai Strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for Excellence and Ascension of Performance.

We’re in the final stages of production. I received my book proof this past week and made necessary edits, and now it goes back to the publisher this week. Planning for a late September/early October release if all goes well with the final details.

To pique your interest, here’s the introduction to the book:

“You are holding in your hands a most unusual book. A true modern-day samurai, a master practitioner of the art of the sword, has adapted the centuries-old principles of attaining excellence in the martial arts to show you how to become a master in the field of music. This book is a roadmap into the mastery process—it will outline the process, step-by-step, toward the dual goal of self-mastery and mastery of the art of musicianship and performance.

Drawing on the work of the legendary Japanese martial artist Miyamoto Musashi, you will learn, among many other things, the most effective way to develop the discipline needed to be a great musician, the way to approach a musical performance, the importance of tradition in developing your art, and, most importantly, the over-arching ATTITUDE of mastery that will empower you to reach your highest musical potential.

In this day and age, it is most rare to find an individual that has devoted his life to this process of dual mastery—over oneself and one’s art. Hanshi Steve Kaufman is the real deal! He lives what he teaches and continues to dedicate his life to refining the highest principles of discipline and performance within himself and to share his extensive wisdom with countless aspiring students worldwide.

If you dream of being a great musician, the principles outlined in this book can light your path so that you, a realized master of your art, can burst forth into the world as a blazing artistic fire!”

Dave Frank

Author, Joy of Improvisation, Vol. 1+2 (Hal Leonard)

Assoc. Prof. of Piano, Berklee College of Music

Director, Dave Frank School of Jazz, NYC

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Major Book Deal Announcement

Stephen F. Kaufman is proud to announce his forth-coming book, The Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Samurai Strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for Excellence and Ascension of Performance.

Stay tuned for more info and final book cover. Tentative publishing date is in the month of September.

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