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Category: The Mental Game

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Jazz and The Myth of Talent

Jazz and The Myth of Talent

Probably the most wide spread and debilitating problem with jazz musicians is the fear that they don’t have enough musical talent. Now talent is a very slippery concept to cover. How do you quantify talent? How do you know if you have enough of it? Here’s the truth man, if you love jazz—in other words [...]

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Did You start Playing too late?

Did You start Playing too late?

Ok. So this lesson has more to do with the psychology of musical success than it does with practicing jazz. But it’s an all too common question among students of jazz. And a source of great frustration and fear. And that, my fellow jazz musician can hold you back as much as anything else. Many [...]

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Jazz Improvisation and the Great Paradox

Jazz Improvisation and the Great Paradox

Studying Jazz Improvisation | The Right and the Wrong Way When practicing jazz improvisationn young and/or less developed musicians always seem to be in a hurry to get somewhere. They are certainly not happy where they are, but someday they will “arrive” and live happily ever after. They will become great players and then their [...]

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Jazz Lessons

Big Picture Jazz Lessons – Exploding Brain Syndrome

Simplify the Jazz Lessons | Crazy Practice Routines I’ve had many jazz lessons and many students over the years who complained of being overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of learning to play jazz. There is so much to learn and it can be difficult to know where to start. There’s instrumental technique, theory, the fundamentals, [...]