Hey fellow jazz musicians! I hope you’re having a very musical day today! So, after I released the latest article on building more creativity as a jazz musician I received a ton of follow up questions.
Many people asked me if there were any inspirational books I could recommend that were written specifically for musicians.
As you know, having the right mindset is essential for your long term success as a musician. So, I knew this would make a great article and help a lot of people.
These books are all pivotal and have helped me immensely in my personal journey of being a professional musician. I think you guys will really enjoy them.
So, without further ado…here is our list!
7 Inspirational Books For Jazz and Creative Musicians
(Some of them I even reread a bit everyday before I practice or do a gig. They’re like practicing licks, scales, and chords but for the mind)
This book was written by the 5 time Grammy Award winning bass virtuoso Victor Wooten. This book was a ton of fun to read and really helped me find the next level in my plaing. I read this while on a tour bus driving through the Italian countryside. Awesome and moving!
This book was written by the great jazz pianist Kenny Werner. It’s literally a classic. Not only is Kenny a great musician but a great philosopher as well. I read this book in my second semester at Berklee and it provided inspiration for a whole year of 6-10 hour practice sessions.
I loved this book. Stephen Nachmanovitch really taps into the core message of what we need to understand as improvisers and jazz musicians.
This is an incredible study into very specific techniques that separate average performers from world class performers. It literally changed the way I practice and the way I teach. Insight into virtuoso training.
When I read this book I felt like Steven Pressfield was truly my mind. One of the most important books on the essential training and mindset needed to make art. I owe so much to this book.
You don’t have to be a guitar player to read this book. You can play any instrument actually. My favorite book ever written. Period. I read from it every week.
I could have chosen any book here by self improvement author Brian Tracy. He’s that good.
I had a bunch of gigs one summer in several different midwestern states. I used to listen to the audio version late at night on the bus ride to the next gig. It created a lot of clarity for my workflow and future goals as musician.
*** Enjoy these awesome books and I hope they really improve you not only as a musician but as a person as well. ***
On a related note, we also have a whole other awesome page on jazz resources.
This is a list of things that I personally use to improve my musicianship. I keep adding more cool stuff to it regularly. Check it out!
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