I have always had a fondness for analogies. To me a good analogy allows for an easier connection to or understanding of something that on the surface you may not be familiar with. I find myself using analogies with students all the time, the are so many great analogies which apply to learning an instrument and learning jazz music and improvisation (jazz music as a language for example). Occasionally I may make one that's a bit far fetched, but I've seen how generally with my students I can witness an "ah ha" moment with the aid of a good analogy. With a blog post today on the similarities between the improvising musician and a tennis player I am beginning a series of posts on some of my favorite analogies. Let me know what you think, or what are some of your favorites?