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What Prevents You From Achieving Your Jazz Goals?

“What prevents you from achieving your jazz goals?”. This was a question we recently polled our community over on YouTube about, and we got a lot of really interesting answers and responses to our poll.

So, in today’s episode what I wanna do is I wanna go over those results; what people are saying and talk about each result and help you understand how really, they’re not actually truly holding you from your jazz goals if you channel them in the different direction.

Welcome to episode 374

In this episode:

1. Addressing “No Time To Practice”
2. Addressing “Not Enough Technique”
3. Addressing “Not Understanding Jazz Theory”
4. Addressing “Not Enough Motivation”

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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."


  1. This is an interesting topic. I found some of these issues very relevant to my own development. I was wondering: is there a reason why hearing is not included in the list? The ability to quickly hear what someone is playing and its connection to the underlying harmonies, rhythms etc and the ability to copy and rework the phrase, isn’t that a key issue? For me it seems to be the most relevant factor in my jazz playing. I address this by learning jazz phrases, heads and solo’s by ear, and playing them in a variety of keys.

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