"This is a wonderful teaching tool for all music
students, not just pianists. As a horn player, I can attest that many of us do
not know our way around a keyboard too well. This book sets out the necessary
information in a clear and interesting way. All horn players should have this
book on their shelf."
"I highly recommend this book. Written from a player's, as well as a
teacher's, point of view, it moves in a logical, step-by-step,
"hands-on" and easy-to-understand manner. Never pedantic, Metaphors
for the Musician is constantly buoyed with humor, great metaphors and anecdotes
from real-life work situations. Recommended for the teacher, piano accompanist,
or any instrumentalist."
"Randy Halberstadt knows how to break things down so a student can actually
understand it. This book is chock full of great gems that both students and professional
players could really benefit from."
The single best book on learning jazz piano that
I have ever seen. It is clear, logical, easy to use, not too dry, and covers a
huge amount of territory without seeming too overwhelming. I can't tell you how
impressed I am with it. As much as I admire Mark Levine's books I have to say
your book tops it, especially in terms of helping direct the student
specifically in practicing....I had a few horrific teachers when I first became interested in jazz piano,
kind of guys that said, "When you see a Gmaj7 chord you can play these
voicings and these scales" without any sense of WHAT to do with those materials,
why they worked (or didn't in many cases) and above all with no sense of chord
tones, leading tones, and how rhythm functions in melody, etc., etc....I
wish I had had your book then!"
"If you love music, buy this book! You'll
be inspired. Randy knows how to teach. His book is full of insights and ideas
all musicians can benefit from, regarding voicings, fingering, improvising,
theory, etc. His analytical skills clear up many jazz concepts. And he makes
learning fun; you're bound to say, 'I'm beginning to see the light!' This book
is a must; I'm recommending it to all my fellow musicians!"
My name is John D'Andrea and I'm living in the
Los Angeles area. I'm a composer for film And T.V., plus being a sax player
and arranger for over 45 years. Also I taught at Dick Grove School of Music
and USC advanced film composition.
I just wanted to drop you a note about your book
that I've just completed reading. I must say it was a great pleasure reading
and exploring all your work and ideas on music. Your book has to be the most
comprehensive, complete and logical book I've come across on keyboard
harmony. It answered and put together some loose ends for me. A very
impressive work, KEEP IT UP."
"Randy's book delighted me in every way. I particularly like the way he
humanized the Herculean tasks assigned to the aspiring jazz pianist. Music is
best approached with empathy and a sense of humor. To my eyes and ears and
fingers, this book makes good sense."
“I know Randy. I love hearing him play. He has humor, drama, conviction,
and a sense of purpose in his approach to music.
"I find the same qualities in his new book, 'Metaphors for the
Musician'... Without guile or pedantics, and with as little ornamentation
as possible, he manages to express, in words, what happens during the creative
process, or at least what should happen.
"Using metaphors to provide insights into the largely visceral,
supra-verbal processes of music-making, he strikes the right chords again and
again with me.
"As I was reading (and a good part of this book is, thankfully, text, and
not just notes and scales and technical filler) I was struck with a sense of
recognition. He had managed to explain certain functions of playing and
listening that I had encountered years ago and forgotten about.
"Most music books that purport to improve one's playing are either tomes of
licks and tricks or self-aggrandizing exercises in ego for the author. This book
is refreshing; Randy talks about the experience, the real-time event, the
nuts-and-bolts reality of making music from the heart.
"I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about music. Thanks, Randy,
for taking the time to compile such a useful and fun guide.”