I m so thrilled to see a book by my greatest teacher, Randy Vincent!! Randy s deep musical and theoretical understanding of the guitar have been invaluable to me. His book provides insight into the orchestral qualities of the guitar and how to apply this knowledge to any musical context.
JULIAN LAGE --Personal correspondence
Like many people, I didn t know what drop 2 meant until now! But Randy Vincent has done a wonderful job in putting together a very systematic and comprehensive book that will be of great value to all guitarists that want to develop and improve their chord melody playing. I might just use some of these tasty voicings myself!
BARRY FINNERTY --Personal correspondence
Randy Vincent presents the inner workings of the drop 2 voicing for guitar more
comprehensively than other publications I have encountered. All the examples are written out clearly and explained in great detail. This book is an invaluable aid to any guitarist that desires to look more deeply into the study of jazz harmony with an emphasis on the most practical and commonly used voicing, the drop 2. It s clear that Randy has put his heart and soul into this great work, as it reflects so much musical wisdom.
LARRY KOONSE --Personal correspondence
About the Author
Randy Vincent has had a long and illustrious career in jazz. He has performed, toured and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Bebop And Beyond, The Turtle Island String Quartet, and many others.
Randy has taught jazz guitar at Sonoma State University since 1981 and has conducted clinics throughout the US and overseas. Some of his more well-known former students include Julian Lage, Dave MacNab, Chris Pimentel, and Liberty Ellmen. He currently teaches at Sonoma State University and privately.
He has performed at numerous jazz festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Dizzy Gillespie s 75th birthday celebration at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as performing regularly with the Santa Rosa Symphony s Pops Concerts.
He has two well-received CDs out under his own name, Nisha s Dream and Mirror Image.