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!