For all musicians with questions not answered in other books, noted author Dan Haerle’s latest work contains a lifetime of information about technical considerations, life advice, road stories, and philosophy. As a technical manual, he provides careful analysis of 8 Standards and comments on a variety of music-related topics including improvisation techniques and teaching. As a memoir, he recounts pivotal moments in his life – with both humor and with seriousness - chronicling his successes as well as mistakes made along the way. Based on his popular “Monthly Musings” blog.
“Dan has compiled a book devoted to a variety of musical subjects. Included is the analysis of eight tunes for improvisation and entries covering practice, repertoire, ear-training, group playing, comping, guide tones, and modal improv. In addition, there are sections devoted to psychological preparation for performance and philosophical attitudes towards being a professional musician. Lastly, there is autobiographic material about his career in music, his development as a teacher and player, and anecdotes about his musical experiences.” - Jamey Aebersold