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3 Practice Habits for Retaining Musical Material

Welcome to episode 227 of the LJS Podcast where today we cover 3 practice habits for retaining musical material. It can be frustrating when you learn a jazz standard, solo, or lick, only to forget it later. In this episode, I introduce some practice habits that can be helpful for long term retention and set you up for success.

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It can be tough when we are learning a new jazz language, new jazz standards, to retain all of the information that we are learning. 

I mean, there is so much out there that we are learning. We’re learning licks. We’re learning jazz standards. We’re learning melodies. We’re learning chord changes to multiple different things.

And eventually, we could possibly forget all of those things and it would feel like a lot of hard work has been wasted. But we don’t want any of that to happen. 

So, what are some of the best practices that we can put into place in order to retain the information that we are learning so that we can get out there and play the best music we possibly can?

Well, that’s exactly what we are going to talk about in today’s episode. Three different practice habits that I want you to adapt in order to be able to retain information better. 

In this episode:

1. Consistency (different from repetition)

2. Limiting Material (not overloading)

3. Breaks (to allow your subconscious to absorb information)

Important Links

1. LJS 181: I’m Taking a Break from Jazz

2. LJS Inner Circle Membership

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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