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Category: The Mental Game

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4 Ways To Bring the Love to the Jazz Practice Room

4 Ways To Bring the Love to the Jazz Practice Room

A few days ago I sent you a fantastic John Lennon quote about the two motivating factors in life (and music!): Love and Fear. With a fear based approach to learning, practicing and playing jazz we experience the following: Never feeling that we are ‘good enough’. Always feeling rushed, that we have too much to [...]

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All You Need Is Love – John Lennon and Jazz

All You Need Is Love – John Lennon and Jazz

So, this morning I was hanging out on Facebook for a few minutes and I came across a beautiful post by a cat I went to Berklee with. He posted a really heavy John Lennon quote that really gets to the heart, I think, of what holds back, stifles and cripples many (or maybe even [...]

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9 Traits of Monster Jazz Musicians

9 Traits of Monster Jazz Musicians

Today I’ve got this cool little check list to lay on ya. Food for thought, if you dig… 9 Traits of Monster Jazz Musicians They Work On ‘Them Selves’. Monster players know that to play music at the deepest, most expressive and most badass level they’ve got to keep getting better as a person too. [...]

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Why do other players seem to get better faster than I do? Part 2

Why do other players seem to get better faster than I do? Part 2

(Success Mindset—focus on wants, not on fears) Successful cats have what you might call the mindset of success. They think about what they want most of the time. They think about all of the reasons their music will benefit by learning those skills. They dwell on all the reasons why they CAN achieve the goals [...]

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Why do other players seem to get better faster than I do? Part 1

Why do other players seem to get better faster than I do? Part 1

Have you ever known that player who everything just seems to fall into place for? They get better and better at a seemingly breakneck speed and they leave everyone else in the dust. Well, I certainly knew a lot of people like that when I was at Berklee. It used to drive me frickin’ crazy. [...]