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Making Good Musical Decisions Through Effective Practice (feat. Dani Rabin of Marbin)

Welcome to episode 208 of the LJS Podcast where today I have on special guest Dani Rabin from the prog jazz-rock band Marbin. Dani is not only a phenominal musician, but a great musical mind and educator. We discuss his philosophy on learning jazz improvisation, and effective strategies to practice towards making great musical decisions when improvising.

Listen to episode 208

When we have to play a jazz solo, we are making musical choices in the moment.

What will determine whether we play a great jazz solo is the quality of those musical choices, and also how fast we are able to come up with them.

And this all starts with effective practice. That’s how we learn to make great musical choices.

So on today’s show, I have a very special guest, Dani Rabin from the prog jazz-rock band Marbin, to talk all about that, his philosophy behind learning jazz improvisation, his philosophy behind effective practice and making great musical choices.

In this episode:

1. How Marbin got started and became a world touring band

2. Dani’s definition of practicing jazz improvisation

3. The power of reduction, induction and deduction

4. Dani’s definition of music theory and scales

5. Growing from feeling unsatisfied with your playing

6. About Marbin’s latest album “Strong Thing”

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!

Important Links

Marbin’s website

Check out Marbin’s albums

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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