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LJS 231: Defining Your “Why” and Setting Goals for Jazz Acceleration

Welcome to episode 231 of the LJS Podcast where today I feature a chapter reading from my book “Jazz Improvisation Made Simple” where I discuss establishing your “why” and setting goals for your jazz playing. Establishing your why will help you keep anchored when the going gets tough or you feel like you are in a plateau.

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If you’re a long-term listener of the LJS podcast, today’s subject is probably not something that you haven’t heard before from me. But this is one of my favorite topics to talk about. 

And no, it’s not a sexy episode. It’s not learning the next music theory trick. It’s not you learn a new solo by the time you end this episode. It’s not a plethora of other things that I notice that a lot of people love to listen to and for good reasons because they are great things.

However, today’s episode is really getting down to the bottom of why you’re actually learning jazz. Defining your why. 

Why you want to actually be doing this so that if you’re tapping into that at all times, it will motivate you to keep going further and then after that, defining your actual roles.

Now, if you don’t think this is important, I hope that by the end of this episode, you will be convinced because I do believe that this is the number one thing that can move the needle in your jazz playing. Trust me on this.

In this episode:

1. Establishing your “why”

2. Establishing Master Goals

3. Establishing Project Goals

4. Establishing Micro Goals

Important Links

1. Jazz Improvisation Made Simple book

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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