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5 Things I Did to Jump-Start My Jazz Playing

Welcome to episode 172 of the LJS Podcast where today I share my personal story of how I jump-started my jazz skills. When I first became interested in jazz I felt like I was way behind compared to my peers. I wanted to become a great jazz improviser and so I invested my time and energy into it. I go over 5 things that had a big impact on my jazz playing and will have a big impact on yours as well.

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There is so much noise out there when it comes to jazz education.

There are online resources such as YouTube videos, blog posts, podcasts like this one, books, courses, different teachers with competing ideas of how to improve your jazz playing. And quite frankly, this can be overwhelming.

There’s so much content out there, we can get stuck in analysis paralysis — jumping from one thing to the next, not really sure how for us we’re going to get to the next level in our jazz playing.

Well, I thought I’d share in today’s episode, my personal story of how I jump-started my jazz skills. From really not having a lot of understanding of the jazz language, to really being proficient in the jazz language.

So, I’m going to share my personal story, how I did it, the 5 things that I focused on in order to reach the level of playing I’m at today.

In this episode:

1. I found a mentor and stuck with a program

2. I played out live

3. I learned jazz language by ear

4. I learned my instrument better

5. I stayed consistent

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
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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