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LJS 176: Leveling Up Your Jazz Improvisation by Thinking Slow (feat. Nick Mainella)

Welcome to episode 176 of the LJS Podcast where today our special guest Nick Mainella from the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast discusses how we can improve our jazz improv by thinking slow. To be a great jazz improviser you need to think fast and effectively, and in order to do that you need to start by doing the opposite.

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Have you ever felt stuck in your jazz playing? You’ve reached this certain level but you’re really not sure how to get to the next one above that?

Maybe it’s a particular jazz standard you are working on right now and you are not able to play the chord changes the way you want.

Or maybe it’s too fast of a tempo, and you’re not able to create great musical ideas at that speed.

Whatever it happens to be for you in your playing right now, it could be that you just need to rethink how you approach the practice room and the things that you actually do. It could just be a shift of mindset that will help you.

To help us with that today is a special guest, Nick Mainella from the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast, who is going to lay down the value and help us get over these hurdles.

In this episode:

1. Understanding how thinking fast means we first need to think slow.

2. System 1: Thinking on your feet and in the moment

3. System 2: Deeper, higher-level thinking

4. How to apply these systems to your jazz improv practice

5. How to improve your jazz solos simply by thinking about them

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

Nick Mainella’s 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (affiliate link)

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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