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LJS 48: Why You Should Stop Practicing

Welcome to episode 48 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about why you should stop practicing. Stop practicing!? Indeed, there are certain scenarios where taking a little bit of time off can be incredibly helpful for your jazz playing. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. Ask LJS: a podcast listener asks how to get better at sight reading and the importance of it.
  2. Stop practicing if you are getting stressed out.
  3. Stop practicing if you are over-practicing
  4. Don’t start practicing if you aren’t ready to practice, or if you are not in the mood.
  5. Some alternatives to practicing: listen to jazz or jam.

Listen to episode 47: 3 Ways to Develop an Original Sound On Your Instrument

Mentioned in the show

30 Days to Better Jazz Playing eCourse

A 30-day audio eCourse that walks you through focused, goal-oriented practicing, where you will be working on things that actually improve your jazz playing.


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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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