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LJS 181: I’m Taking a Break from Jazz

Welcome to episode 181 of the LJS Podcast where today I announce that I’m taking a break from jazz…for two weeks. But the fact that I’m taking a break does have some significance, and I want to explain the benefit of taking breaks for you and your musicianship.

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So, as you can hear, I’m laying here on the beach in Greece, visiting my wife’s family, on vacation.

And there’s not going to be any intro music today. There’s not going to be a music theory lesson. There’s not going to be a practice routine that I’m going to share with you. I’m not going to be taking out my guitar. I’m not going to be doing any of those things today.

Because today is just an episode where I want to talk about taking a break. Taking a break from playing jazz, and taking a break from our everyday lives, of course.

But in specific, I want to talk today about taking a break from playing music and why you should do that. And that’s exactly what I’m doing right now, well, at least at the time you are listening to this episode.

In this episode:

1. I talk about why I’m taking a break

2. Why you should take a break from jazz too

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."


  1. Due to the demands of another project I recently went two weeks without almost no practice. When I next played all of the things that I had previously been struggling with in practice were right under my fingers. This often happens when an intense period of practice is followed by a complete break. I am convinced that over practicing something without allowing proper consolidation time is counter productive, and that's why it often feels like I'm flogging a dead horse in practice…

  2. What key were those waves in?
    Was that a tritone substitution in the fourth bar?
    Okay just kidding, have a great jazz free holiday Brent.


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