Piano day (1h 40m)

Voicings + left hand

Scale studies

  • All Locrian scales

Comping

  • Comping over Worth the Wait in D to the walking bass & drums backing track in iReal
    • Avoiding roots and block in LH
    • Voice leading / smooth shells transition in RH
    • A little bit of soloing
    • Trying to avoid clashes w/ bass

Piano day (1h 40m)

Jazz voicings + left hand

  • Dominant +13 to Major +9 w/ harmonic 6ths and 9ths in LH
  • Fourthy modal structures over blanket scale — “Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players”, Dan Haerle (Book 2, Lesson 7) ⭐️
    • Blocks
    • Arpeggiated
      • C Dorian
      • C Lydian
  • 7-3-5 modal structures over G Mixo blanket scale
  • Alternating modal voicings over constant phrase

Scale studies

  • Whole-tone — getting to know the scale / improv over augmented chords in C through Bb

Comping

  • Crazy (Gnarls Barkley) — C, Bb
    • RH — inversions: R, 1, 2
    • LH — broken 10ths, 1-5 shells

Piano day (1h 30m)

Left hand + moving shells

  • Combining moving shells with LH patterns
    • Minor to Dominant (skill 37c from Jazz Piano Voicing Skills) + LH: [1-5][1-7][1-1’][1-4-5]i — 1-5-10-1’-5’-6’IV7
    • Dominant to Major (skill 38a from Jazz Piano Voicing Skills) + LH: 1-5-10-6 to 1‘-1I7 + desc arpeggio + 6IV

Scale studies

  • Concurrent Ion + Lyd 1-octave scales (in 2 forms)

Soloing + comping

  • All Love is Fair Focus on 3-7-9 shells in LH and major / minor scales in RH

Observations

Try constructing 3-7-9 voicing in LH from 9 down!

Piano day (2h)

Chord tones / Left hand / Comping

  • All inversions of 7th chords over standard: All Of Me in G, C
  • 1-5-10-7-1-3-5 LH + Shells over All Of Me in C

Scale studies

  • All Lydian scales

Interpretation

  • Elvis — Can’t Help Falling In Love (1-5-10 + extensions, inversions, voice leading)

Observations

Always build the interpretation up from simple block chords!

Piano day (1h 50m)

  • Improv + scale studies
    • 2-octave Lydian scales in all keys
      • Both hands
      • In harmonic thirds + 1-5 shells in LH
    • C scale in all modes (grand form) — do it in all keys now!
  • Left hand + jazz voicings
    • Intervallic patterns
      • 1-5-10 — (5) — 1-5-10 descent around the cycle of 4ths
        • Special focus on Gb — B — E part where 10th jumps get harder
  • Comping
    • Walking bass (chord tones + passing tones) & shells and inversions over All Of Me in G

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

Piano day (2h)

  • Modal studies
    • Harmonising Mixolydian mode with shells (3-7-9) — C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db
    • Harmonising Dorian mode with shells (3-7-9) — C, F, Bb, Eb
  • Improvisation
    • Lydian pentatonic in all keys over major chords in 7-3-6 shells
    • Recap minor blues scale
    • Harmonising Mixolydian mode with block chords & 7-3-5 shells in LH & runs starting on each new scale degree in RH (C-D-E-F…, D-E-F-G…, F-G-A-Bb…, etc.)
    • Same for Dorian
  • Comping
    • Free comping over “Worth the Wait” in Eb (just chords & focus on voice leading)
    • “Worth the Wait” in C — block chords in LH, chord scales in RH