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Overcoming Musical Frustration and Maintaining Motivation (feat. Michael Lake)

Welcome to episode 265 where today I have on special guest musician Michael Lake to talk about overcoming musical frustration. It’s not uncommon for a musician studying jazz to get frustrated with their musical progress, which in unhealthy amounts can sometimes lead to demotivation. Michael lends his thoughts on how to work through this and how to set yourself up for long term success.

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The reality of studying any kind of music is that eventually, you are going to get frustrated with your progress.

You are going to be frustrated with the way you sound. You are going to be frustrated with how quickly you are progressing. You are going to get frustrated if there’s something difficult in that music that you are having a hard time wrapping your head around.

And this is especially true for jazz being of a more complex kind of music, with more complex harmony, and improvisation just in general being a challenging concept. 

But we don’t want to stay in that place of frustration for too long. We want to be enjoying ourselves and progressing. 

So, in today’s show, I have special guest Michael Lake to talk about overcoming musical frustration and give you some really practical tips and really powerful things for overcoming those barriers of musical frustration and musical motivation. 

In this episode:

1. Defining your goals for what you want to get out of the music

2. Accepting you musical skill level as you grow

3. Overcoming frustration with action

Important Links

1. Michael Lake’s Music Savvy

2. LJS Inner Circle Membership

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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