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The Pros and Cons of Practicing In All 12 Keys

So you’ve probably heard the advice before that learning material in All 12 Keys is a great idea, whether it be for the sake of playing jazz or any other style of music.

You’ve probably heard this conventional wisdom before and wondered to yourself is it really worth my practice time to learn things in All 12 Keys, or is it really just this frustrating process that doesn’t really have a lot of net benefit?

Well, in today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk all about playing in All 12 Keys, the pros and the cons, as well as some tips for going about learning material in All 12 Keys.

Welcome to episode 427

In this episode:

1. Pros of practicing in all 12 keys include developing instrument mastery and a fuller understanding of improvisation.
2. Practicing in all 12 keys expands options and allows playing in different keys.
3. It enhances musical versatility and adaptability.
4. Transposing music into different keys improves ear training and tonal recognition.
5. It aids in understanding music theory and chord-scale relationships.
6. Practicing in all 12 keys improves overall technical proficiency.
7. It stimulates creativity and fosters new musical ideas in each key.
8. Practicing in all 12 keys builds confidence for diverse musical situations.
9. It inspires and opens up new musical possibilities.
10. It deepens musical fluency and facilitates effective communication with other musicians.
11. Transposing music into different keys promotes a deeper understanding of harmony.
12. It cultivates a connection and appreciation for various musical genres and styles.
13. Cons may involve the amount of work and transposing required, but the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Important Links:
Free Guide to learning standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way
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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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