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Bonus Episode: Special Message from Brent About COVID-19

Today’s episode is a special message from me to the Learn Jazz Standards family about how we can get through these trying times together, and come out the other side stronger and more motivated than ever before.

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Hey, what’s up, Learn Jazz Standards family! I wanted to record this bonus episode today just to say, hey listen, we are all in this together

I know that we are going through a hard time here in the world with the COVID-19 pandemic. For a lot of us, life has changed quite dramatically. From my listeners in Japan, from my listeners in the UK, from my listeners in the United States, in Canada and all over the world.

It’s something that affected all of us and I know it is a time where we are feeling a lot of anxiety, some pain, some hurt, and a lot of fear about what the future holds.

And what I want to do and use this platform today is not necessarily to talk about music and all that stuff that I always talk about on this show. But rather to say, in solidarity, I am here for you. 

In this episode:

1. Default to Gratitude

2. Default to Generosity

3. Default to Community

4. Default to Goal Setting

Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren’t already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

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. Brent, I’ve lost count of the differnt ways you’ve inspired me. I thought this was a real tonic, thank you so much.

    I’m ordering a takeaway tonight and I thought I could do one small thing. I have a friend who’s going through a rough time financially so I’ll be ordering a takeaway for his family tonight too as a surprise. You’ve always made a ‘call to action’ to your listeners so I hope you would allow me to do the same and that’s to ask the community to do one small thing for a friend, neighbour or even a stranger – perhaps an elderly person who lives nearby – that would make their life a little happier.

    The pandemic has brought a great deal of tragedy but we have also seen remarkable acts of generosity and kindness. I strongly believe that during a crisis, a person’s character is tested and their true nature revealed. I hope we can all come out of this better people.

  2. Thank you for your encouragement, Brent! After listening to your podcast, I decided to order dinner from my neighborhood Chinese restaurant instead of cooking tonight. I have been helping out my fellow teachers transition to the online format. I am kind of stoked to see what other little things I can do to lean more toward generosity and help out the community.

    So grateful to have so much in my life, and to have found you, Brent!


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