Piano day (2h)

  • Improvisation (Dan Haerle — Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players)
    • Lesson 11: Blues progressions
      • C blues scale over 3 classic progressions (I — IV — V, 12-bar major and minor), shell voicings with LH
      • C blues scale + corresponding Dorian / Mixo / Harmonic minor scales over the same three (with click)
      • F blues scale + passing scales over same progressions in the key of F

Observations

Next time, make sure to run through all Harmonic minor, Mixo and Dorian scales with right hand prior to improvising. Also play some exercises from “Jazz Piano Voicing Skills” book, maybe try improvising over them.

Piano day (1h 30m)

Blues day!

  • Improvisation (Dan Haerle — Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players)
    • Lesson 11: Blues progressions
      • C blues scale over:
        • I — IV — V in 3-7-9 — 7-3-6 voicings
        • 12-bar major blues (in 3-7-9 — 7-3-6)
        • 12-bar minor blues (in 3-5-7-9 — 7-9-3-5 — 7-1-3-b5 — 7-b5-7-9 — 7-b9-3-5 — etc.)
      • Mixo, Dorian and Harmonic minor scales over:
        • I —  IV — V
        • 12-bar major blues
        • 12-bar minor blues
      • Mixing up C blues scale with corresponding Mixo / Dorian / Harmonic minor scales over the same progressions

Observations

Finally, I’m progressing at jazz pian improvisation ! Mr. Haerle, sir, you’re the best! 😃

Piano day (2h)

  • 12-bar blues in LH & blues scale runs in RH — 1h
    • C-
    • F- (2 octaves ↑, 2 octaves ↓, 1 octave ↑, 1 octave ↓ x 2 + fills)
  • Harmonising Dorian scale with 7th chords (pattern: i — VII, i — viº, i — v, etc.) at 64bpm around the circle of 5ths starting on D (easy mode)
  • Cycle progressions with shell voicings (Dan Haerle book, skills 37a & 37b — Minor to Dominant) — with click at 72bpm

Observations

Inventing own exercises is cool! (E. g. blues pentatonic scale runs starting on different notes in RH played to the standard blues progression in LH). It helps to stay in the musical context while doing some stuff that’s often considered boring (such as learning new scales). I learned it from Rick Beato: he recommends not just playing the scale or arpeggio, but always put it in the musical context, because otherwise it’s just a scale or arpeggio you’ve learned. True that!