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The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes

Jon Metzger's The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes is THE complete method for learning and understanding the nature of playing jazz vibraphone. This book offers a warm, understanding, and good-humored approach to developing all facets of two- and four-mallet improvisation skills and essential jazz vocabulary through easy and intermediate exercises. This incredible book covers countless topics including chord symbols and voicings, pedaling, group and solo playing, self-accompaniment, a how-to on transcribing, references, and a host of other topics. This is a MUST HAVE jazz vibe method book. Discover the true joy of jazz vibes with Jon Metzger's The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes .


“A tremendous achievement.  This is a much needed book, and I feel it will rapidly become a ‘classic’.”  Massie Johnson, Director, Percussion Studies, NC School of the Arts (retired)

“The most comprehensive, authoritative text available for the study of jazz vibes.  Using it has helped refresh my knowledge and increase my performance ability.  I only wish this text had been available when I was in school!”  Neil Grover, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony

“I know it will be an important book for years to come.  I especially enjoyed the text for its detailed information as well as down to earth approach.”  Ed Saindon, Jazz Vibist, Principal Vibes Instructor, Berklee College of Music

“This is a must buy for every vibist!  The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes is an excellent instructional book.”  Lisa Rogers, Percussive Notes (The Journal of the Percussive Arts Society)

“A comprehensive course in everything the jazz vibist will encounter, including valuable information on the physical aspects of playing the instrument, and two- and four-mallet exercises.”  Jamey Aebersold, Jazz Educator

“The standard in the industry.”  Sandy Nelson, Jazz Education Journal 

“Good vibes...he’s written the book on the topic...the definitive yet user-friendly text.”  Richard Harrington, Washington Post

“This is an extremely well-organized approach filled with useful tips, valuable knowledge and sound suggestions.  It gives all the necessary information to penetrate the mysteries surrounding the art of improvisation.”  Ron Elliston, Pianist, Professor of Music, Univ. MD (retired)

“This is great!...very thorough and well-organized...a compendium of common sense for musicians.”  Eric Nemeyer, Jazz Improv Magazine

“Clear, concise and packed with information only available from an experienced player and pedagogue.  Metzger’s book takes the fear out of improvisation.  The only source a vibes player (or any jazz musician) needs.”  Cort McClaren, Chair, Instrumental Studies Division, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (retired)

“Finally, a complete and well-written method for jazz vibes.  The book is a pleasure to teach with.  Well done!”  Rick Dior, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

“Wow!  What a book.  I learned a lot of things in just a few pages.”  James Catalano, Percussion Marketing Manager, Ludwig Industries

“This book is a required text at the University of North Texas…It is by far the most comprehensive.”  Christopher Deane, Associate Professor of Percussion, UNT-Denton

“Not many authors can say they have written THE book, but in this case, Jon Metzger can!”  Jack Wilkins, Director of Jazz Studies, Univ. of South Florida

“Jon Metzger’s Art and Language of Jazz Vibes is THE complete method for learning and understanding the nature of playing jazz vibraphone.  This incredible book covers countless topics…a MUST HAVE method.”  Steve Weiss, owner Steve Weiss Music

“Newly revised with 33 more pages and a 52-track play-along practice CD, this 397 page course  includes stance, grip, stick positions, touch, pedal techniques, and much more.  The new play-along CD makes this method much more effective and enjoyable.” Doug DuBoff, ejazzlines  

“The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes” has become standard literature for the instrument.”

John Beck, Jr., President Elect, Percussive Arts Society

“…excellent in content, presentation, and support materials.”  Jim Ketch, Director of Jazz Studies, UNC-Chapel-Hill*

“The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes is the leading jazz vibist book on performing and improvising jazz.”  Rob Falvo, Professor of Percussion, Appalachian State University

“Metzger’s text is considered a MUST HAVE method book for jazz vibe students and professionals.”  John Tafoya, Chair, Percussion Department, Indiana University

“….should become the main text for all aspiring vibists.”  Doug Richards, Director of Jazz Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University (retired)

“…one of the primary texts of its type.”  Keith Waters, Chair, Department of Theory and Composition, University of Colorado at Boulder

“The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes has become an invaluable resource for all students of jazz improvisation.”  Jimmy Finnie, Professor of Percussion, Indiana State University

“End all, be all, jazz vibe method book.  Comprehensive in construction, The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes is the top choice in jazz vibe education and study.  It gives everything needed to become a vibe great.  Metzger’s years of experience and insight provide incredible details and tons of pertinent information.”  Michael Dooley, Lone Star Percussion   

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