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5 Filters for How to Know What You Should Practice

Welcome to episode 295 where today I discuss 5 “filters” for knowing what you should practice. There are so many things out there to practice, and sometimes when told what to practice it can seem generic and not catered specifically to you. So in this episode, you’ll learn 5 filters to help you assess what to practice to shorten your jazz learning curve.

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So tell me if you can relate:

You have way too many choices for what you can practice to improve as a jazz musician. But what you wish is that you could find that one path that is suited for you to improve.

You don’t have enough time to practice and just don’t have enough time in the day. So what can we do to find the most important things to practice in order to improve quicker that are specific to you?

You just don’t feel like you have a path forward. You wish you had a path that was specific to you, not for the masses, that would work.

In today’s episode, I’m going to talk about my 5 filters for jazz improv freedom so that you can discover for yourself a path forward of the least resistance for becoming a better jazz musician.

In this episode:

1. Your Master Goal Filter

2. Your Technique Filter

3. The 3 Pillars Filter

4. Jazz Standards Filter

5. Fun Filter

6. Your Practice Strategy Filter

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. I really enjoyed listening to this; made some notes and I am going to review my excises making use of the filters! Thank you.


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