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The L.R.C Practice Strategy for Mastering Musical Material

Welcome to episode 263 where today I go over a simple strategy you can start implementing into your practice. It’s called the L.R.C Practice Strategy, and it will help you take your practicing to the next level with structured and focused actions that yield better and faster results.

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In today’s episode, I’m going to be teaching a simple but powerful practice strategy that I first kind of put a name to and revealed in a masterclass that I gave at our recent Learn Jazz Live 2021 Virtual Summit.

And this is a practice strategy that I implement in a lot of my courses, of course, in my own playing and any other students that I’ve taught in the past. 

I’ve used this practice strategy to help accelerate the process of becoming a better jazz improviser and making sure that while practicing, you are utilizing all the elements of the material you are learning to really make quicker progress.

I’m excited about this episode, it’s a quick but powerful one. 

In this episode:

1. Learn

2. Refine

3. Create

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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. I really struggle playing Jazz Standards. I can rarely get through them without problems not matter how long I’ve known them. While listening to your Podcast today I realized that I may be negligent with my “Learn” and “Refine” processes. The reason being . . . I can’t just start from any certain measure of a standard. The standard is only memorized if I play it from the start. If I have to start somewhere in the middle, I usually can’t. That tells me that I need to use your “Pizza” approach more often and get comfortable with things piece by piece (measure by measure). I also think that this must be part of my “Refine” process . . . being able to start anywhere in the tune, not just at the start. I believe this will help me to better memorize the standard as a whole. Can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks Brent!


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