Kudos logo


Fingerstyle Guitarist Rick Cyge performing in West Sedona This Week

Rick Cyge

Rick Cyge

Originally Published: August 7, 2017 3:13 p.m.

Treat yourself to the unique “Guitar Artistry” of Rick Cyge in West Sedona this week! Join Cyge for dinner performances at The Golden Goose American Grill, 5:30-8:30 p.m., where he appears Thursday August 10, Sunday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

The performances display Cyge’s masterful fingerstyle guitar playing and seamlessly layered arrangements of music from greats like the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Sting, Norah Jones, James Taylor, The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Eagles.

Cyge, a versatile composer and arranger, has turned his love of the music of the Baby Boomer era into a vast repertoire of fingerstyle guitar arrangements. 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.

With some of the very complex pieces, such as The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ where so much is happening, I incorporate the use of a phrase sampler to layer some of the elements together– too much to pack into a single guitar part! I also create rhythm sections for some pieces by 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 e That Number. In the end, it’ at Seriese r the eyes! travels to every corner of the globe. is always about the solo guitar arrangement of the song.”

Presenting the spirit of the original pieces in fresh new interpretations, Cyge’s exciting offering also includes some folk, pop, blues and a little Motown for fun.

Original pieces composed by Cyge, including “Blue Sedona” and a nearly endless selection of Beatles tunes round out the musical menu. Sit back and enjoy!

Cyge’s newest release, “GUITARtistry 2” and his debut solo recording, “GUITARtistry: The Fingerstyle Guitar Music of Rick Cyge,” will be available for purchase during the performances. Hear sound clips and see the performance calendar at www.rickcyge.com .

The Golden Goose American Grill is located in west Sedona at 2545 W. Hwy 89A. For dinner reservations and to request seating near the music, please call 928-282-1447.