Not an LJS Inner Circle Member? LEARN MORE

HomeLJS PodcastJazz Tips and AdviceWhere Should You Learn Jazz (Books, YouTube, Courses, Memberships, Lessons)?

Where Should You Learn Jazz (Books, YouTube, Courses, Memberships, Lessons)?

In today’s episode, we’re gonna talk about where is the best place for you to learn jazz: Is it music books? Is it YouTube videos and podcast episodes like this? Is it courses? Is it memberships, or is it private lessons?

We’re gonna go through them and talk about the pros and cons of each one.

Welcome to episode 378

In this episode:
1. The Pros and Cons of Music Books
2. The Pros and Cons of Online Content
3. The Pros and Cons of Courses
4. The Pros and Cons of Memberships
5. The Pros and Cons of Private Lessons

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

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."

3 COMMENTS

  1. I find that the “con” of all but the private lessons with a “good” teacher is the overwhelming amount of content. Yes, there are rubrics to help guide you on what you “need” to work on, but some of us “need” to work on a lot of different things. Also, from my personal experience, I am an “expert” at many things, but a “beginner” at other things, so a “beginner” course may be too simplistic to hold my interest, whereas a more advanced course may require technical skills that I’ve yet to develop. A Private teacher can help focus on those specific weaknesses while maintaining interest in the material.

  2. I will say that giving my time to something online argues against the “free” idea. I have found a lot of quality content online, as well as with books (esp. lead sheets). And in other cases, I contribute to the artist for his free content.

    Self study courses vis-a vis completion rates are notorious for not having a high rate, as there is no recurring payoff for the course author. In general this is the problem with for-profit education.

    Thank you for your views on all of this.

  3. I will say that giving my time to something online argues against the “free” idea. I have found a lot of quality content online, as well as with books (esp. lead sheets). And in other cases, I contribute to the artist for his free content.

Comments are closed.

Follow Us

Get Our Free Guide

Join the LJS Inner Circle Membership

I want to...