Piano day (2h)

  • Voicing skills
    • Recap all shell voicings (exercises from “Jazz Piano Voicing Skills”)
      • 3-7-9 minor, major & dominant around the cycle of 4ths
      • Same in 7-3-5
      • Same in 7-3-6
    • Cycle progressions
      • Minor 7ths (3-7-9 to 7-3-5, 7-3-5 to 3-7-9)
      • Major 7ths (same)
      • Dominant 7ths (same)
  • Improvisation
    • I — IV — V + 12-bar major blues
      • C, F, Bb (changing keys without stopping)

Piano day (1h 20m)

Yo! A couple of sleepless nights, score submitted 10 mins before deadline, now back to practice.

  • Improvisation
  • Blues in shell voicings in LH + improv with modal & blues scales in RH
    • I — IV — V in C
    • 12-bar major blues
    • 12-bar minor blues
  • Cycling dominant chords + Mixo scales

Piano day (1h 40m)

  • Dominant chords in chromatic progression in 3-7-9 voicings (Lesson 13 from “Jazz Piano Improvisation for Keyboard Players”)
  • Blues progressions (Lesson 11 from the same book)
    • I — IV — V in Bb
    • 12-bar major blues in Bb
    • Only LH patterns this time
  • II — V — Is in major and parallel minor with no pauses in 3-7-9 / 3-7-5 around the circle of 5ths (my favourite exercise so far)

Piano day (1h 30m)

  • II — V — Is in major and parallel minor with no pauses in 3-7-9 / 3-7-5 around the circle of 5ths (skill 44 from “Jazz Piano Voicing Skills” book)
  • Recap blues progressions and corresponding scales (Lesson 11 from “Jazz Piano Improvisation for Keyboard Players”)
    • I — IV — V in C
    • 12-bar major blues in C
    • 12-bar minor blues in C-
    • C Blues scale + corresponding Mixo / Dorian / Harmonic Minor scales

Yeah, right hand’s getting better. No skateboarding this week.

Piano day (1h 40m)

  • Improvisation (Dan Haerle — Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players)
    • Lesson 11: Blues progressions
      • F blues scale over 3 classic progressions (I — IV — V, 12-bar major and minor), shell voicings with LH
      • F blues scale + passing Mixo, Dor & H. M. scales over same progressions
      • C blues scale + passing modal scales over same progression in C
      • All scales used in progressions separately with both hands in 2 octaves

Observations

Just as I expected: running the scale and then immediately using it is the best way to make this process NOT boring. Just running scales is cool, but it only helps internalise the fingerings and does not really make them just pop out when you need them in the middle of the chord progression.

Bass reading (30m)

Reading a random contrabass etude just because I had some time for it 😄