LJS 149: Setting Up a Game-Changing Practice Plan for Your Jazz Playing

Welcome to episode 149 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to set up a game-changing practice play for your jazz playing. If you’re tired of meandering and practicing aimlessly, you need a practice plan that works. Learn how Project, Short-term, and Micro Goals work together with the Stair-Step Practice Plan to help you reach your desired musical transformations. Listen in!

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I personally hate when I catch myself noodling and meandering when I’m practicing my instrument. I just don’t like to waste my time.

This is a complaint I get from a lot of students: I feel like I’m not making progress.

And when I start digging into their problem it often ends up being that they aren’t practicing in a focused, goal-oriented way. The practice session they are in has nothing to do with the last one. There is no logical process for building progress.

I believe the most important thing I can do as a teacher is teaching my students how to practice.

That’s why in today’s episode I go through the practice plan that I preach in my course, and to all of my students.

Here’s what I talk about in this episode:

1. Setting Master Goals and identifying your musical transformation.

2. The 3 goals needed to set up your practice plan: Project, Short-Term, and Micro.

3. The Stair-Step Practice Plan and how to set it up.

My hope is that you will take action on this episode. Take a good listen and then write down on a piece of paper your Master Goal, the 3 goals, and your Stair-Step Practice Plan.

If you have these in place and written down, I know that you will make dramatic progress in your jazz playing this year. How do I know? I’ve seen it happen time and time again in my own playing and in my students playing.

You can do this too. So make a plan, commit to it, and take action.

Important Links

Accelerate Your Jazz Skills (free mini-course)

LJS 82: How to Set Game-Changing Goals for Your Musicianship (feat. Christopher Sutton)

30 Stepsto Better Jazz Playing

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