Cycling 10ths & 6ths workout

Another routine that I use for developing intevallic patterns fluency in the left hand (combining with simple chord shells in the right hand). This one focuses on broken 10ths while also including minor 6ths. Taking it around the cycle of 4ths or circle of 5ths works the best for me.

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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)