The best way to learn something is to study it.
It is common sense, but studying is much easier said than done.
I am now in my fourth year of studying jazz piano. Yet, I have only played one (1) jazz gig so far. Yep, just one.
That's four years of study and only one gig to date. Just like an Olympian.
However, that is ok. Like anything else in life, success does not happen overnight. Oftentimes it takes years.
It took me some time to wrap my mind around it. I play gospel, hymns, and contemporary Christian music at church, where every song is based on one key. Whereas in jazz, songs have numerous keys and multiple movements within those keys.
However, all of the playing helps.
Going into 2015, I intend not only continue studying, but to go deeper into jazz studies. That means, more practice. But additionally, I want to get out and play more.
So, this one is for all of my fellow jazz musicians, jazz heads, music students, and Olympians: Keep Grinding. Success is not far!