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6 Biggest Mistakes Beginner Jazz Improvisers Make

Welcome to episode 232 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about the 6 biggest mistakes I see beginner jazz musicians make. Having helped thousands of students through Learn Jazz Standards, I’ve discovered common mistakes that come up time and time again. Intermediate and advanced players make these mistakes too. I reveal them as well as some alternatives to correct your course.

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Over the last 9 years as a musician, teacher, and online jazz educator, I’ve had the opportunity to help thousands and thousands and thousands of musicians learn how to play jazz and improve. 

And over that time, I’ve been able to witness lots of different kinds of issues that these musicians come across in their journey to becoming a better jazz improviser.

I’ve noticed common mistakes that many of them make that only hold them back from reaching their true potential and improving quicker.

So, in today’s episode, I’m going to be going over the 6 most common biggest mistakes I see beginner jazz improvisers make and even some that I see intermediate and even advanced players make as well.

So you might want to check in on yourself no matter where you are in your journey to see if any of these fit with you.

In this episode:

1. They don’t listen to jazz enough.

2. They use scales as plug-and-play tools.

3. They learn standard and solos primarily from sheet music.

4. They try to copy-and-paste licks into their solos.

5. They consume too much content.

6. They don’t have a practice plan.

Important Links

1. LJS Inner Circle Membership

2. LJS 229: How to Turn Scales Into Killer Jazz Solos

3. LJS 216: By the End of This Episode You’ll Have Learned a Jazz Blues Solo

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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