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How to Get Un-Stuck In Your Jazz Playing (5 Steps)

Welcome to episode 306 where today I talk about a 5-step process to help you get “un-stuck” in your jazz playing. Most of us completely resonate with the experience of being stuck on a musical plateau. It can be frustrating and feel like there’s not a way out. But in this episode, you’ll get a sure-fire process for moving forward.

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I find that a lot of musicians that come to me for help are feeling stuck in their jazz playing.

They are on the dreaded musical plateau, in the desert, and they can’t seem to find a way out.

This can be a very frustrating experience – feeling like your solos aren’t up to snuff, your comping, your bass lines. Feeling like you are still falling back into old habits that are holding you back.

In today’s episode, I’m going to help you break through and get unstuck in your jazz playing. I’m going to give you a 5-step process that pretty much guarantees you’ll break through to the other side.

In this episode:

1. Doing a Jazz Playing Audit

2. Doing a Jazz Practicing Audit

3. Defining Project Goals

4. Defining a Practice Strategy

5. Rinse and Repeat

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Brent Vaartstra
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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