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LJS 189: Finding More Time to Practice and Skyrocketing Your Jazz Potential (feat. Brett Pontecorvo)

Welcome to episode 189 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest pianist and educator Brett Pontecorvo to talk about making time to practice and setting up a masterplan to achieve your musical goals. Not having time to practice is a common complaint, but this episode crushes that limiting belief and shows you a path to achieve more in your musical life.

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I get emails from subscribers of Learn Jazz Standards all the time, saying that:

I really want to become a better jazz musician. I really want to reach my goals. I want to reach the potential that I know I have as a musician, but I just simply don’t have time to practice and I don’t have time to practice the amount that I think I need to practice.

Well, in today’s episode, I have a returning guest, Brett Pontecorvo, who is a brilliant musical mind and a brilliant teacher, to show us that yes, indeed, we do have time, how to start prioritizing our practice and to find the spaces where we can thrive and grow as a musician.

This is a powerhouse episode. It’s one of those episodes that is the real deal. This is the real stuff that is going to help you improve. It’s not the fancy tricks, licks and all those things. It’s all about this.

In this episode:

1. Establish your vision and get specific

2. Write down all of your daily activities and quit the ones that don’t align with your vision

3. Set up a calendar

4. Establish your reflection questions

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!

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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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