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Gear I Use to Play, Teach, and Practice Jazz

Welcome to episode 310 where today I talk about all of the gear I use to play, teach and practice jazz. I go over everything from microphones, amps, guitars, cameras, audio interfaces, and software. I talk about what they are, how I use them, and what I would recommend for you.

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Today on the podcast we are talking about gear – the gear I use for playing jazz, teaching jazz, and practicing jazz.

I’ll be covering the cameras I use, the microphones I use, the guitar and amplifiers I use, and a host of other things.

Gear is certainly not everything, but good gear can come in handy and make your jazz playing journey easier and more fun.

In this episode:

1. My Live Gig Setup

2. My Recording Setup

3. Software I Use for Practicing

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Live Gig Setup:

Ibanez Artcore AF95

Mono Case

MXR Carbon Copy

Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini

AER Compact 60

D’Addario Nickel Wound Jazz Medium Guage

Dava Jazz Grips

Recording Setup:

Heil PR-40

Sennheiser MKE 600

Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD

Hindenburg Journalist

Kanto YU2

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam

Canon EOS Rebel T7

Practicing and Music Software:

Band in a Box


Other Resources:

LJS Inner Circle Membership

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

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. Your Canon Rebel T6i has a universal hotfoot that accepts third party equipment (like a flash). My understanding is the Canon T7 does away with the center conductor in the hotfoot that limits you to using (much more expensive) Canon Accessories…just a FYI.

  2. I think the ONE really important piece of gear that one might obsess about is your instrument. An instrument that “speaks” to you and that is set up in a way the makes it easy to express yourself is vital. Perhaps a close second (for amplified instruments) is a great amp and speaker. After those two pieces of gear, most everything is superfluous. That is not to say you can’t have fun with effects pedals, or exploring different strings, or even how your patch cord might affect your sound.


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