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Becoming Your Own Jazz Teacher by Recording Yourself (feat. Jens Larsen)

Welcome to episode 178 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest jazz guitarist and Youtuber, Jens Larsen to talk about recording yourself. I frequently get comments from my course students that the power of recording themselves has become a game-changer. Jens goes into detail about overcoming fears, and what to look out for when you listen back to yourself.

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What if I told you that when you are practicing, you are leaving a lot on the table.

And what I mean by that is you may be working on a bunch of great jazz improvisation stuff, techniques, music theory, maybe you’re learning some standards, but you’re not really able to analyze yourself, to hear what you’re doing right or doing wrong.

At the end of the day, we can be our own best teachers. We can analyze and listen to ourselves to identify the weak points that we need to improve upon.

And so, on today’s show, I have a very special guest, Jens Larsen, to talk to us all about recording yourself, how to do it, why to do it, and why it could be possibly the best thing you’ve done for your musicianship all year.

In this episode:

1. How to overcome your fear of listening back to your jazz playing

2. How often should you record yourself?

3. What should you be listening for when listening back to yourself?

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

Jens Larsen’s YouTube channel 

Jen’s new book Modern Jazz Guitar Concepts

Mindset by Carol Dweck

LJS Inner Circle Membership

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

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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