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Free Masterclass: Orchestrating Your Musical Breakthrough

Hey, my friends, Brent here from Learn Jazz standards. We are continuing our themed month of August called Free Masterclass August, where I’m giving away some Masterclasses here on the podcast that we’ve done in the past at various different events and mediums just to give a little extra special, a little bit of fun here and value for finishing up the summer so.

So, I hope you enjoy it. We’ve had some great Masterclasses this month on the podcast. Already today, I want to share a Masterclass that was given during our Learn Jazz Live Virtual Summit in 2022 by a team member of mine, Brett Pontecorvo.

And those of you who are Inner Circle members know Brett very well because he’s in the community coaching, and he creates some of our content for our monthly Jazz Standard Studies. And he gave a really great masterclass that year called “Orchestrating Your Musical Breakthrough”.

So, a lot of us sometimes feel a little stuck in our playing, feel like we hit plateaus, or perhaps just don’t really understand that we have so much potential as musicians. And so what Brett does is he talks about in this Masterclass ways for us to start achieving a musical breakthrough.

That “AHA!” moment where you feel like you’re improving and you get excited. That moment that we’re all really searching for when we sit down with our instruments. So without further ado, let’s go ahead and get Brett Pontecorvo on to give this masterclass, “Orchestrating Your Musical Breakthrough”.

Welcome to episode 433

In this episode:

Achieve breakthroughs and make progress in learning jazz with the following strategies:

1. Define a game you can win by setting clear and achievable goals with measurable victory conditions

2. Develop a strategy to achieve these goals by overcoming barriers like negative self-talk, lack of time, and lack of information 

3. Take consistent action by practicing regularly in short bursts, making the process fun, and sticking to your plan

4. Acknowledge your wins and progress to stay motivated, and repeat the process to continue improving. 

The overall mindset is to become the type of person who takes action and achieves breakthroughs through deliberate practice and persistence.

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Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way
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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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