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7 Lessons I’ve Learned As A Pro Jazz Musician (Music Advice)

Welcome to episode 343 where today I talk about my experiences as a professional performing jazz musician and the music lessons I’ve learned. Having dedicated most of my life to playing and teaching music, I’ve learned a thing or two. This advice is helpful for hobbyist musicians, from the perspective of a pro.

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In today’s episode, I wanna talk about my experience as a professional jazz musician. Looking back on my career, the lessons that I’ve learned about playing music, playing jazz with other people, and so on and so forth, and particularly I wanna hone in on some lessons that I’ve learned that I know are gonna help you as a non-professional hobbyist jazz musician.

In this episode:

1. Best solos come when you don’t care

2. You’re never going to be satisfied with your playing

3. The best people to play with are…

4. Equipment does matter

5. Practicing a lot helps, but…

6. Hardest gigs for me are…

7. Professionalism matters

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
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 publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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