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Why Playing Progress Stalls: Eric Marienthal

Welcome back to the latest episode of the ArtistWorks Music Series podcast! This week, ArtistWorks CEO Patricia Butler sits down with GRAMMY award-winning jazz saxophone legend Eric Marienthal to discuss how to overcome roadblocks in your musical journey. The show is available wherever you listen to podcasts, or you can listen here on ArtistWorks.

This week's conversation is very relevant to any musician whose practice regime has been impacted by the quarantine. While a lot of musicians may feel they learn best from in-person lessons, Eric feels there is as much—if not more—to be gained from ArtistWorks’ video lessons. He particularly encourages students to take advantage of ArtistWorks’ exciting Video Exchange Learning platform, that allows participants to submit videos for review.


On this platform, Eric reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance. He compares it to being at a football game where, “I can slow down and rewind the problem areas and recognize things I wouldn’t be able to see in real time. The Video Exchange allows me to help students take their playing to the next level.”


Eric explains how it is often small inconsistencies in our playing that are often at the root of what's holding us back as musicians “Sometimes you're so used to playing the way you do, you're actually ingraining bad habits. Maybe it’s a breathing issue, or an intonation issue. But if that’s never brought to your attention, it’ll never start to sound better.”


The best part is, all students can access the Video Exchange library and watch and learn from each other’s interactions with Eric.




On the ArtistWorks Music Series, CEO Patricia Butler speaks with master musicians across all genres who teach at ArtistWorks. Join them as they dive deep into topics like becoming a musician, playing at all skill levels and the journey of learning music. Over the coming weeks we'll be spotlighting many of our world-famous teachers such as:


Jason Vieaux - Wednesday November 4th


Bryan Sutton - Wednesday November 19th 


Looking to dive into more music podcasts? You’ve come to the right place. Now’s the perfect time to investigate previous episodes. There are plenty of topics to explore with fantastic guests. 

Tune in for new episodes released every other Wednesday on all platforms, and don't forget to subscribe, rate and review the show!


Want to get started on overcoming the roadblock on your musical journey with our online music lessons? Try out some free music lessons with any of our master musicians and learn from the best!



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