Jazz Guitar: Too Much Material to Learn – Help!

Question by Michael
(Woodbridge, VA)


I’ll keep this simple and wonder how many others feel this way – completely overwhelmed with what feels like too much material to learn!

When I take into account everything I am learning; new songs, scales, triads, diatonic harmony, etc., it is very overwhelming and I find myself with way too much on my plate wondering if I should take a few steps back and focus more on just a few things at a time.

There is so much to learn I find myself practicing, say, parts of a song one day and not being able to return to it until a week or two later because of all the other “stuff” I am practicing in between. Very frustrating and I truly wonder whether I am impeding progress.

Thoughts and comments by other overwhelmed students are much appreciated!

M-A’s Answer:

Hello Michael,

This is a very nice question and I apologize for taking so much time to answer.

You are, indeed, not alone! This topic (and question) is such a recurring one that I decided to base a brand new podcast upon it.

You can listen to PODCAST #14 here for a full (20-min long) spoken answer!

I hope it helps and please let me know if you have further questions.

Marc-Andre Seguin
“Improve Your Jazz Guitar Playing with a REAL Teacher”


Comments for Jazz Guitar: Too Much Material to Learn – Help!

Aug 05, 2012

Thanks Marc…
by: Michael


I just listened to your podcast reply to my question. Thank you so much for spending time addressing it in detail. I found your chess analogy right on the mark because I have found myself spending more time “reading” about what to practice than actually practicing! And then when I do sit down to practice my mind is so overwhelmed with “stuff” that it becomes more of a chore than fun. I’ll take a good look at dropping some stuff off my plate and relaxing more about the whole process. Thanks again.

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