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LJS 159: Brain Hacking for Speeding Up Your Jazz Improv Success (feat. Rodney Brim)

Welcome to episode 159 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Rodney Brim on the show to talk about how to properly “hack” your brain for bigger, faster improvement in the practice room. Rodney is a psychologist and professional musician and knows the inner workings of the brain and how it works. He walks us through 4 huge tips for brain hacking in the practice room.

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Ever felt like you weren’t improving your jazz skills fast enough? Like you were putting in a lot of effort but not getting the results when you wanted? I know I have.

When it comes down to it, it’s all about how you practice, and a lot of your success in the practice room has to do with your brain.

Yes, your brain.

Understanding how your brain works and how you can “hack” it to get better faster results, is a key to success.

That’s why I have special guest Rodney Brim on the show who’s a psychologist and professional musician.

Rodney shares his 4 tips for improving the quality and speeding up your efforts when you practice. This is a value-packed episode, so get out your notes and get ready!

In this episode:

1. Our brains work best when we are having fun.

2. How our auditory senses are at a disadvantage compared to our visual, and how to give our ears a boost.

3. Working with your Cerebrum and the use of time and repetition.

4. Understanding left vs. right brain learning (and which one is most important)

Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren’t already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

Important Links

Rodney Brim’s website

The Brain Friendly Method for Musical Excellence (book)

LJS 142: Creating Melodic Jazz Solo’s and the Art of Not Thinking (Coaching Call with Dan Sich)

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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