The biggest “mistake” of all
Do you know one of the biggest stumbling blocks is getting started with jazz guitar?
This is a big one:
Thinking you need to sound perfect right from the start.
Ironically, this is one of the things that will block you from improving with jazz.
Mistakes are crucially important to make when you are developing your improvising skills in the woodshed.
It’s only through playing the ‘wrong notes’ that you learn what the actual ‘right notes’ are.
Mastering jazz improvisation is all about learning how to use ‘wrong’ notes – as a way to smoothly lead to the right ones.
As one of my students John commented once:
“There are no wrong notes, only wrong resolutions”.
So take note:
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when you practice. It’s an important part of the learning process.
Meditate on this, my apprentice.
P.S. If you’re looking for somewhere to experiment with learning how to improvise in a safe, encouraging and nonjudgemental environment, then look no further than my FretDojo Jazz Guitar Academy.