LJS 32: Music Advice I Wish Someone Had Told Me

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Welcome to episode 32 of the LJS Podcast where today podcast host Brent Vaartstra talks about music advice he wishes someone had told him from the beginning. This advice is ultimately about being the best musician you have the potential to be. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. Relax. Don’t take music so seriously to the point where you forget why you got into it in the first place.

  2. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Don’t compare your playing with others, just go for your personal record.

  3. Practice hard. Becoming a better jazz player does not come cheap and easy.

  4. Jam hard. Take every opportunity to play with others, because this is where the best practice happens.

  5. Travel or get out and do something other than music. Artists need inspiration and experiences to create art.

  6. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is how you learn to play better and fix what is broken.

Listen to episode 31: Ear Training For Jazz Musicians

What music advice would you give to others? Leave us a comment below.

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Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publications "500 Jazz Licks" and "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." To learn more, visit www.brentvaartstra.com.