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LJS 245: How Much Do I Need to Practice to Make Meaningful Improvement?

Welcome to episode 245 where today I discuss how long you actually need to practice in order to make meaningful improvement in your jazz playing. While there is no one size fits all answer, it may surprise you to find out that you don’t need to practice as much as you think.

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One of the main things I hear from people is that they just don’t have enough time to practice. There’s just not enough hours in the day, they have busy lives and because of that, they worry that they will never become a better musician or jazz improviser.

And there is a myth out there that you do need to practice long hours in order to improve as a musician or jazz improviser. 

And while there is some truth in the fact that if you do practice long hours you have more opportunities for growth, it does not necessarily mean that you will improve and improve quickly.

So, in today’s episode, I’m going to answer the question, how long do you need to practice in order to improve as a jazz musician and we’ll dig a little bit deeper. 

In this episode:

1. The myth about practicing for long hours

2. How smarter practice is better than longer practice

3. Examples of practice sessions that pack a lot in a short period of time

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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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