The biggest “mistake” of all

by | Mar 15, 2018 | Articles, General Updates | 0 comments

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.

Here’s why:

Mistakes are crucially important to make when you are developing your improvising skills in the woodshed.

The reason:

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.

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