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Using “Restrictive Practicing” to Improve Your Jazz Solos

One thing that attracts musicians to jazz is the fact that the possibilities are endless. When it comes to improvisation, really, there are so many different avenues to explore, so many different things you can play and after listening to some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world, you realize there’s a massive amount of vocabulary out there that you can express.

The rules are there but really the rules are meant to be broken. The problem with jazz, though, is that there are too many possibilities and therefore it can be difficult for you to figure out what to actually play, or how to actually improve.

So, today on the podcast, I’m gonna be talking about something called “Restrictive Practicing” and how this can actually help you improve faster and create more meaningful melodic solos.

Welcome to episode 379

In this episode:
1. Restrictive practicing and what it is
2. Restricting note choices
3. Restricting rhythmic choices
4. Restricting melodic choices

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