The fingerstyle Guitar Music of Rick Cyge

Why do I call my music “GUITARtistry” (Guitar Artistry)?

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Acoustic guitarist, Rick Cyge, has been doing what he loves for 40 years – first in New England where he cut his teeth in the vibrant New England folk music scene and more recently (since 1988) in Arizona performing with his wife and partner, flutist Lynn Trombetta as the group ‘Meadowlark’. Cyge performs on acoustic steel string guitar as well as nylon string guitar and mandolin. Over the years he has blended influences as diverse as contemporary folk and pop, Celtic, Country Blues, New Age and World Music into a signature sound that is uniquely his own. Many of his own compositions are fingerstyle pieces in various open tunings.

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All performances are Rick Cyge’s ‘GUITARtistry” (solo instrumental guitar) unless otherwise noted. Mouse over the listing on the monthly calendar view and click on the venue name in the pop-up box to get more details. See you...

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cds & audio

Rick's debut solo CD!

GUITARtistry 2: The fingerstyle guitar music of Rick Cyge   
reg $20.00

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  I’ve been teaching acoustic fingerstyle guitar for over 40 years! I especially enjoy helping developing guitarists find their own “voice” on the guitar and develop techniques to create their own arrangements of songs and pieces of music as solo fingerstyle guitar pieces. We will explore open tunings, especially “DADGAD”, travis picking styles, and various other tools and techniques for creating your arrangements. For me, teaching at this level is as much about mentoring my students and guiding them on their own journey of exploration and discovery and making sure they are having a good time in that process! If you’d like to study with me, you can arrange lessons either in your home (if you live in the Sedona area) or online through Skype or other video calling services by clicking here!   Or… click on the logo -> GUITARtistry – Inspiring Guitar Lessons! GUITARtistry – Inspiring Guitar Lessons! GUITARtistry – Inspiring Guitar Lessons! Trusted and Verified Questions? Comments? Requests? Get in touch. Contact Now Brought to you...

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duos and collaborations

In addition to performing solo as both an instrumental fingerstyle guitarist and singer/guitarist, Cyge also collaborates in several duo configurations  and ensembles offering a broad palette of styles and musical experiences. Meadowlark has been Cyge’s primary focus since teaming up with flautist Lynn Trombetta to create and perform original compositions, inspired by nature, with Celtic and world music influences. The newly formed Sedona Guitar Duo with guitarist/bassist Steve Douglas expands the music Cyge arranges for his solo GUITARtistry with the addition of Douglas’s keen ear for harmony and counterpoint.  Douglas weaves his guitar and bass work around Cyge’s strong foundation to create a more complex interpretation of the pieces. Seymour & Cyge teams Cyge with his “partner in crime”, singer/guitarist Chris Seymour to perform a nostalgic mix of songs from the Baby Boomer era on twin guitars and vocals.  In live performance, the banter between the two is reminiscent of the Smothers Brothers melding lighthearted humor into the...

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I look forward to hearing from you!

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: Get Your Tickets: Fingerstyle Guitarist Rick Cyge’s “GUITARtistry” in Concert on Saturday, June 24th in Sedona!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in gig news!

This concert has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you will consider joining us in the fall when we resume the series!

There is a new dinner and music concert series cooking in west Sedona this season. Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. the event will feature the solo guitar artistry of Rick Cyge at Greg Lawson Galleries in West Sedona.

This new music concert series is collaboration between The Golden Goose American Grill, Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen and the treasure that is Greg Lawson Galleries. “We have put together a perfect Sedona evening out for each night of the new monthly concert series which offers a memorable evening of dining, live music and stunning photographic art,” Cyge said. “All are within a short walk or drive of one another. By purchasing concert tickets in advance, concert-goers will receive discount coupons for the restaurants to use the evening of the show.”

Greg Lawson Galleries features Lawson’s exquisite nature and wildlife photography created from travels to every corner of the world. In the inspiring setting, Cyge will perform his unique fingerstyle “Guitar Artistry” with arrangements of music from Paul Simon, Elvis, The Eagles, Steely Dan, and more! Listen to samples at www.RickCyge.com.  Cyge’s CDs will be for sale at the performance.

Over the past few years, Cyge, a versatile composer and arranger, has turned his focus to assembling a vast repertoire of fingerstyle guitar arrangements of the music of the Baby Boomer era. He explained, “My approach is to identify the key elements of the song, the melody, harmonic structure and rhythmic style and weave these elements into a solo guitar piece that marries those elements into a single cohesive guitar interpretation.  The first challenge is to identify songs that have the essential elements needed to create this type of arrangement.  Not all great songs work as instrumental pieces and conversely, some somewhat mediocre songs translate well as solo guitar pieces.  I do incorporate the use of a phrase sampler to accomplish this live with some very complex pieces such as The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ where so much is happening that I need to layer some of the elements to get them all together – too much to pack into a single guitar part!  I also create rhythm sections for some pieces assembling bass, drum, and percussion parts to embellish the arrangements and record these using keyboards in the studio.  I use these mixes to accompany my live performance of those pieces, i.e., Steely Dan’s ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.’  In the end, it is always about the solo guitar arrangement of the song.”

Dinner reservations strongly suggested, allowing time for both dining and the nearby concert during the evening. The Golden Goose American Grill is located in west Sedona at 2545 W. Hwy 89A. For dinner reservations please call, (928) 282-1447. Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen is nearby at 2675 W. State Route 89A, (928) 862-4009.

Ticket price is $15.00 each or two for $25.00, available at www.RickCyge.com; by calling 480-481-9647 and during business hours at Greg Lawson Galleries, 2679 AZ-89A, Sedona, 928-202-0340.

Seating for the concert is limited so do not wait – purchase your tickets today!

Greg Lawson Galleries, Concert Location, 2679 West State Route 89A, Sedona, 928-202-0340.

Golden Goose American Grill, 2545 W. State Route 89A, Sedona. Reservations strongly suggested allowing time for both dining and the concert during the evening. Please call 928-282-1447.

Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen, 2675 W State Route 89A, Sedona, 928-862-4009.

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