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Why Practicing LESS Is Better Than Practicing More

Welcome to episode 308 where today I talk about why the mindset of needing to practice a lot to improve as a jazz musician is potentially a toxic mindset. I go through 3 reasons why practicing less can actually have a much higher impact on your jazz playing.

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There have been a lot of regrets that I’ve had during my journey to becoming a better jazz musician.

There’s a lot of moments I look back at where I see I caused myself lots of unnecessary pain and suffering.

When I think of one of the more prominent ones, it was the belief I had that I had to practice a lot in order to make meaningful progress in my jazz playing.

So in today’s episode, I’m going to dive deeper into the reason why practicing more is not the answer, and what we can do to solve that mindset.

In this episode:

1. Understanding the Impact on Sustainability

2. Understanding the Impact on Efficiency

3. Understanding the Impact on 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."


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