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How to Start Improvising Effortlessly and Unleash Your Inner Musician (feat. Mike Casey)

Welcome to episode 252 where today we have on special guest saxophonist and recording artist Mike Casey to talk about his experience with achieving effortlessness in improvisation. We all have heard our favorite musicians play and wonder how they achieve a level of “effortlessness” in their playing, and Mike helps break down the things that have worked for him.

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When I see some of the best jazz musicians in the world play their instrument, it almost seems like it is effortless. 

Like there’s this stream of musical creative ideas flowing out of their consciousness into the world through their horn, through their piano, through their guitar — whatever instrument they are playing and it’s just this magical experience.

And I don’t know about you but I often find myself wanting more of that. Wanting to feel that freedom, that effortless that seems to be transpiring in front of me.

So on today’s show, I have a very special guest, Mike Casey, who is a professional saxophonist and recording artist.

And when I asked him the question, how do you play what seems to be so effortlessly, I was surprised that he actually had a series of answers for me.

In this episode:

1. How playing by ear was the corner stone of Mike’s jazz education

2. How life education translates to jazz education

3. Becoming comfortable with your playing so you can truly express

4. Allowing creative freedom during your practice

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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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