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LJS 170: Limiting Beliefs are Crushing Your Jazz Potential

Welcome to episode 170 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk about limiting beliefs and how they can dictate the success or failure of our jazz improvement. Often times musicians are their own worse enemy. We choose to diminish our true capabilities, and believe that our potential is limited. This episode is about taking a look in the mirror and breaking free from the shackles of our musical limiting beliefs.

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Time and time again, I have sabotaged my true potential as a jazz musician.

And many times, I’ve looked at other musicians and thought to myself that I’ll never become as good as them because I’m just not as talented as them.

And many times, I’ve told myself, well, my brain just doesn’t think this certain way. Therefore, I’ll never be a great composer. I’ll never be as good of an improviser. I’ll never be able to memorize all that music. Many times, I have stabbed myself in the foot because of my limiting beliefs about my musicianship.

And my friends, today’s episode is all about facing ourselves in the mirror and asking ourselves, what limiting beliefs do we have about our jazz playing because they are what’s holding us back from becoming the best musician we can possibly be.

In this episode:

1. Limiting beliefs and what they are

2. Defining your limiting beliefs about your jazz playing

3. Defining what it is you want out of playing jazz music

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!

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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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