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Why Are We Passionate About Playing Jazz (Story Time)?

So today, I’m gonna share with you some important points in my music life, like, the first thing I played with my first guitar when I got it, how that one, 7-note lick that my first pro jazz teacher taught me gave me a “light bulb” moment, and most importantly, the reason behind what is in music that resonates with me so much that keeps me passionate about it.

Before I’ll end this story, I’m gonna leave you with a challenge that would help keep that spark going that lights up your passion for discovering the jazz world.

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In this episode, Brent shares (as he jams and plays during story time):

  1. what he used to play before jazz
  2. how he came to love jazz
  3. who his first pro jazz teacher was
  4. what keeps him passionate about playing jazz
  5. his advice on how to continue your passion for playing jazz

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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. I apparently don’t have what it takes to play jazz. all I ever aspired to was improv. I have hit a wall even in that. I only know a few standards and can not learn a tune if I don’t know it in my head. Tab and notation just confuse me. Your method is by far the best I have encountered. Keep up the good work. I struggle at the most rudimentary level of voice leading and anything to do with modes. also struggle with secondary dominants, It’s not that I can’t grasp the concept, I just can’t apply it in any meaningful way.

  2. Hi! This Podcast is really really really really really really really nice! I’ve shared it with all of my students. Thanks! Stay safe and healthy! Take care, Jesse


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