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LJS 03: How to Overcome Low Self-Esteem as a Musician

Welcome to episode 3 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to overcome low self-esteem as a musician. In this episode we talk about how musicians (especially jazz musicians) can suffer from low self-esteem by being hard on themselves and unhappy with their playing. We walk through 4 different things to consider to help overcome low self-esteem as a musician. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others.
    • Everyone has a different story.
  2. Realize that musicianship is a journey.
    • Don’t look at it as a destination, look at it as a journey.
  3. Don’t place all of your self-worth into music.
    • Find self-worth in other things
  4. Play music because you love it.
    • Stop looking at music as a means to an end, but rather something to be valued and enjoyed now.

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“Broomsticks” by Camden Hughes.

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The Jazz Mindset

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com 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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