Piano day (1h 40m)

Scale studies

  • All Lydian scales
  • All Ionian scales
  • Scale dissection: C#, F#, A Phrygian over moving minor arpeggios

Left hand + comping

Interpretation

  • The Beatles — All My Loving (variation #2)
    • LH: broken 10ths (alternating ascending & descending)
    • Chromatic side-slipping (found in Dan Harle’s Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players)
    • Gershwin reversed stride bass
    • RH: arpeggiated shells, voice leading

Next time focus

  • Locrian + Mixolydian week
  • Try chromatic side-slipping in right hand as well
  • Back to embellished ii — V — i’s
  • Next left hand pattern
  • Scale dissection over permutations — attempt #2 😄

Piano day (1h 40m)

Scale studies + technique

  • Chromatic scales
    • Similar motion, at an octave
    • At at 3rd
    • At a major 6th
    • At a minor 6th
    • Contrary motion, at a 3rd
    • Alternate / legato fingering

Voice leading + shells

  • ii — V7 — I — IV in major & parallel minor (m7 — 7/9 — maj7 — maj7/9 | ø —7b9 — m7)

Left hand + combination workout

Piano day (2h)

  • Improv + scale studies
    • 2-octave Phrygian scales in all keys
      • With both hands
      • In harmonic thirds in RH + roots in LH
      • In harmonic thirds + 1-5 shells in LH
    • Applying Phrygian scales to minor chords (around the cycle of 4ths)
  • Voicings
    • Chromatic side-slipping (moving all chord tones one semitone above or below and back to add tension) — Lesson 8 from “Improvisation for Keyboard Players”
  • Left hand + technique / speed
    • Intervallic patterns
      • 1-5-10 (m & M)
      • 1-5-4
  • Interpreting pop tunes
    • Damon Albarn — Hostiles (verse)
      • Intervallic patterns (10ths)
      • Inversions
      • Voice leading (switching shells in RH)

Piano day (1h 40m)

  • Improvisation
    • Chromatic progressions
      • Mixolydian over dominant, 3-7-9 shells, all keys
      • Dorian over minor, same
  • Modal studies
    • Harmonising Lydian mode
      • All keys, using 7-3-5 shells in RH and 1-5, 1-6 pattern in LH
  • Exotic stuff
    • Just trying different polychods from “The Jazz Language”
  • Comping + soloing
    • Airegin in A-
      • 2 runs of solo
      • 3 runs of comping with 1-5-1-6 pattern in LH
    • Baubles, Bangles and Beads in G
      • Comping + broken 10ths in LH