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LJS 195: Stair Step Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #1)

Welcome to episode 195 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over a jazz practice plan in a series of two episodes we’ll be going through. This practice plan is called the Stair Step Practice Plan, and this has been highly effective for students in my 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing course, which uses this exact framework.

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If you know anything about what I teach here on Learn Jazz Standards it’s that if we want to become better jazz musicians, it comes down to practicing.

It’s not about fancy music theory tricks that we learn. It’s not about special licks and knots. It’s not about any hacks or shortcuts. It all comes down to practicing.

And it’s not just practicing a lot. It is practicing in a goal-oriented, effective way that will actually produce results.

So, over the next couple of episodes, I’m going to be sharing with you 2 different practice plans that I believe are highly effective, that I use in my courses, and that worked for my students, that have worked for me as well.

So in today’s episode, we’ll be going over the Stair Step Practice Plan. I’m going to go in-depth with how it works, what you need to do to actually take action on it.

In this episode:

1. 3 Topics worked on in the practice plan

2. Batching and why it works

3. Overview of the Stair Step Practice Plan

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."


  1. Hey Brent – Enjoyed this podcast and am interested in the 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing course, but can't seem to get signed up. I have tried multiple times to get the free mini course, but I never receive an email (which is weird because I did get the mini course to the newer jazz blues course.

    Any help getting this resolved would be appreciated.

  2. Heya Brent. Really enjoyed this episode! Thanks for laying all of that out for us. I'm curious what your advice would be for a guitar player who, in addition to following the steps you outline, also needs to improve/practice comping. Where might that fit into the grand scheme?


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