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LJS 149: Setting Up a Game-Changing Practice Plan for Your Jazz Playing

Welcome to episode 149 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to set up a game-changing practice play for your jazz playing. If you’re tired of meandering and practicing aimlessly, you need a practice plan that works. Learn how Project, Short-term, and Micro Goals work together with the Stair-Step Practice Plan to help you reach your desired musical transformations. Listen in!

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I personally hate when I catch myself noodling and meandering when I’m practicing my instrument. I just don’t like to waste my time.

This is a complaint I get from a lot of students: I feel like I’m not making progress.

And when I start digging into their problem it often ends up being that they aren’t practicing in a focused, goal-oriented way. The practice session they are in has nothing to do with the last one. There is no logical process for building progress.

I believe the most important thing I can do as a teacher is teaching my students how to practice.

That’s why in today’s episode I go through the practice plan that I preach in my course, and to all of my students.

Here’s what I talk about in this episode:

1. Setting Master Goals and identifying your musical transformation.

2. The 3 goals needed to set up your practice plan: Project, Short-Term, and Micro.

3. The Stair-Step Practice Plan and how to set it up.

My hope is that you will take action on this episode. Take a good listen and then write down on a piece of paper your Master Goal, the 3 goals, and your Stair-Step Practice Plan.

If you have these in place and written down, I know that you will make dramatic progress in your jazz playing this year. How do I know? I’ve seen it happen time and time again in my own playing and in my students playing.

You can do this too. So make a plan, commit to it, and take action.

Important Links

Accelerate Your Jazz Skills (free mini-course)

LJS 82: How to Set Game-Changing Goals for Your Musicianship (feat. Christopher Sutton)

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."


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