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LJS 25: 4 Fears That Jazz Musicians Face (And How to Overcome Them)

Welcome to episode 25 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 4 fears that jazz musicians face and how to overcome them. Jazz musicians (and musicians in general) tend to be especially hard on themselves. They are constantly upset with their playing and worried about what others think about them. It’s time to overcome these fears. Listen in!

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In this episode

  1. They are afraid of what others think about their playing.

  2. They are afraid they won’t like their own playing.

  3. They are afraid they will never be satisfied with their music.

  4. They are afraid they won’t be able to “hang” in a given musical situation (They don’t have the ability).

Listen to episode 24: Why Jazz Is Unpopular and What We Can Do About It

Mentioned in the podcast:

Article: Why I Gave Up On Hating My Playing

What are some of your fears, and how do you overcome them? Leave us a comment below.

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."


  1. Hi Brent, I am currently studying jazz and I feel I'm not ready yet, but I have been playing in top forty bands and mostly dance music type of gigs about 27 years already, but been wanting more of a challenge, what do you recommend me working on, I been mostly listening a lot to jazz and been working on real book tunes, learning the melody,chords analyzing the chords, working on modes etc,etc anyways can you give me some tips of how to transition from top 40 to jazz, I really like fusion jazz music, anyways any help & guidance would be greatly appreciated, thanks.



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