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 30m)

  • Improv + scale studies
    • 2-octave Phrygian scales in all keys
      • With both hands
      • In harmonic thirds + 1-5 shells in LH
  • Left hand + technique / speed
    • Intervallic patterns
      • 1-5-10 (m & M)
      • 1-5-9-10-1-5-6-4 (M)
      • Combined with A-B shells in RH (7-3-5 to 3-7-9 around the cycle of 4ths)
  • Interpreting pop tunes
    • Katy Perry — Lost (verse)
      • LH
        • Intervallic patterns: 1-5-9-10, 1-5-6
        • Shells: 1-5
      • RH
        • Shells & voice leading
        • Inversions

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 (2h)

  • Improv + scale studies
    • 2-octave Dorian scales in all keys with both hands
    • Same in harmonic thirds in RH + 5ths in LH
    • Harmonic thirds in RH + 1-5-10 in LH
    • Applying Dorian scales (also in thirds) over chromatic progression of m7 shells (3-7-9) — lesson 13 from Dan Haerle’s “Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players”
      • Emphasis on accidentals of each key
  • Left hand + technique / speed
    • m7 & maj7 arpeggios around the cycle of 4ths
    • Intervallic patterns
      • 1-5-10 (m & M)
      • 1-5-(8va)-1-3-5-7-(8va)-1
  • Interpreting pop tunes
    • Katy Perry — Lost (first couple of lines)
      • Block chords
      • Shells
      • Intervallic patterns