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How to Deal With Musical Failure

Welcome to episode 287 where today I talk about musical “failure” – how to think about it, how to deal with it, and ultimately how to appropriately use it to your advantage. In this episode, I talk about how there is only really one type of true failure, and how to adopt a mindset that sets you up to win everytime.

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Inevitably, somewhere along the line in your journey of becoming a better jazz musician, you are going to fail.

There’s going to be something that goes wrong, maybe even in your mind, very wrong, like you get lost in the middle of the chord changes at a jam session or gig and it’s embarrassing, or you completely flob a solo. It doesn’t sound good. It sounds absolutely horrible.

You may, even just in the practice room by yourself, disappoint yourself with the progress that you’re making. And you’ll look at it as a failure. 

But how do we deal with that? How do we deal with those failures and how do we come out better on the other side of them? And how do we reframe our thinking about what musical failure actually is and what it means?

Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to talk about in today’s episode. We’re going to dive deep into that topic so that we can start reframing the narrative and improving our jazz skills with the right mindset.

In this episode:

1. The only type of true musical failure

2. How to use “failure” to help you make gains

3. Adopting a mindset that helps you win everytime

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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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