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Dealing with Frustration in the Practice Room

Jazz Advice is one of those few jazz websites I stop by several times a week, and I can hardly remember a visit when I didn’t find fresh content, let alone the wealth of articles that has already ammassed in the archives.

Today’s essay on Dealing With Frustration In Practicing Jazz Improvisation really strikes a chord with me (pun so intended!). All too often I catch myself playing along a rendered Band-in-a-Box accompaniment over and over again, hoping that this time I won’t get stuck at a specific passage or that sudden inspiration will hit me enabling me to cope with a particularly difficult (frequently equalling “under-rehearsed”) progression.

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