Back from vacation!

Alright fellas, it’s been a long vacation β€” not exactly as productive as I planned it, quite procrastination-filled, I would say rather (although I did practice as normal) β€” so, now it’s time to go back to theory! Got some exciting stuff prepared, more details soon! I’ll be updating the practice log as well, so make sure to use your time machines and read posts from the past πŸ˜„Β Till later!

Piano day (1h 40m)

Technique

  • Transposing Hanon (3 random exercises from Book 1) to F & Bb major

Modal studies + left hand

Rhythmic studies + hand independency + modal studies

  • Moving accents + scale runs (Dorian C thru Eb)
  • Mixolydian scales
    • I7 chord apreggiated with LH
    • Scale runs + articulated b7, 5 and octave with RH

Theory day (2h)

Organising my left hand patterns and exercises. Got a nice table done.

LH

RH

Example

Comments

Cycling broken tenths

1-5-10 β€” (5/IV) β€” 1-5-10

Shells

C-G-E-C’-F-C’-A’’-F’—

Cycling 10ths & 6ths (m)

1-5-b10-1’-b3’-5’-b6’

Shells

C-G-Eb-C’-Eb’-G’-Ab’

Cross fingers on 5’-6’

1-5-10-1-5-6

Cycling 9ths, 6ths, 4ths & 10ths

1-5-9-10-1’-5’-6’-4

Shells

C-G-D-E-C’-G’-A’-F’

Move the whole hand back down to lower octave after figure is finished

Cycling 6ths & 10ths (m)

1-5-9-b10-1’-b3’-b6’-5’

Shells

C-G-D-Eb-C’-Eb’-Ab’-G’

Broken tenths over ii β€” V7 β€” I

1-5-10-(5)-1-5-10

ii β€” V β€” I – IV + iiΓΈ β€” V7b9

Move left hand octave below as soon as there’s an overlap

Inversions & arpeggios over ii β€” V7 β€” I

Block / 7th arpeggio / root + 1st inversion / doubled roots

ii β€” V β€” I – IV + iiΓΈ β€” V7b9

Cycling 5ths & 6ths (m / M)

1-5-3-6

Shells

C-G-E-A

Triad-based

1-5-1-3-5

1-5-1’-3’-5’-7’-1’

4ths

1-4-5

1st or 2nd inversions

C-F-G-C

Connecting ii β€” V with passing tone

1-5-10ii β€” 5/V β€” 1-5-10V β€” 1I β€” chromatically down to parallel minor

ii β€” V β€” I – IV + iiΓΈ β€” V7b9

D-(A-F’)x3-D’-G-(D’-B’)x3-C-B β€” A-E-Cβ€”

Phrygian descent in 10ths

5-1-5-10-1’-3’-5’I β€” desc. arp.II

i β€” II β€” III7 β€” iv

C#-F#-A-F#’-A’-C#’-D’-B’-G-F#’-D-B-G

Combined 10ths and inverted 3rds

5-1-5-10-1’-3’-5’II β€” 3-5-3V β€” 1st invI β€” 3bbI

Shells

G-C-Eb-C’-Eb’-G’-Ab’-F’-Ab’-[Bbmaj]-Db

Blues scale accompaniment

Block β€” 1-3-48va β€” 7b-1-2-38vb

Minor blues scale

Combined 10ths and 6ths

1-5-10ii β€” (5/V) β€” 1-5-6V β€” 1-5-10Iβ€”

ii β€” V β€” I – IV + iiΓΈ β€” V7b9

Piano day (1h)

  • Improvisation
    • Chromatic progressions (“Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players” by Dan Haerle)
      • Mixolydian scales over dominant 7th chords in shells in all keys
      • Dorian scales over minor 7th chords in shells in all keys
    • Melodies (readingΒ a couple of examples from book II of “Jazz Improvisation”)
      • Repetition
      • Transposition
      • Exercise 1: dominant run around the cycle of 4ths
      • Exercise 2: Dorian run around the cycle of 4ths
      • Motive inversion
    • Recap Lydian pentatonic & minor blues scale in all keys