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Recycling Jazz Practice Plan (Jazz Practice Plan #2)

Welcome to episode 196 of the LJS Podcast where today I go over jazz practice plan #2, the last in a series of 2 episodes. This practice plan is called the Recycling Jazz Practice Plan which is having a powerful effect on my Jazz Blues Accelerator course students, which is based on this framework. Learn how this practice plan works and how to start taking action.

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Today’s episode is part 2 in a series of 2 episodes that I’m doing on practice plans. Jazz practice plans that will give you real results that will really help you excel in your jazz skills.

Last week we talked about the Stair Step Practice Plan, which is really an all-encompassing practice plan to hone in on all of the different aspects of becoming a better jazz musician.

And on today’s episode, I want to go over one that dives a little bit deeper, that kind of isolates certain aspects of practicing jazz and refining them deeply.

This practice plan is called the Recycling Practice Plan. This one is all about taking information and internalizing it. So we are going to dive deep into that today. Looking forward to this.

In this episode:

1. The role the Recycling Practice Plan plays in learning micro concepts

2. Importance of using all 12 keys in the practice plan

3. Recycling material and how its done

Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren’t already, make sure you are subscribed to 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
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. I've recently found Brent's 15 Essential Jazz Etudes book to be a perfect and inexpensive resource for this practicing method. I try to learn one section at a time by ear, then check my work with the notation when I get impatient. After that, taking it to different keys, mapping, etc. gives me plenty to work on in manageable increments.

  2. I have seen a vast improvement in my all round playing thanks to the Blues Accelerator Course. A great investment which is paying dividends.


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