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


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


Always build the interpretation up from simple block chords!

Piano day (1h 30m)

  • Comping practice (“A Child is Born” by Thad Jones) — exercise from “Jazz Language” book by Dan Haerle
    • Playing a jazz standard from the Real Book (to walking bass + drums accompaniment) with roots / block arpeggios in LH & shell voicings in RH
    • Using 3-7-9, 7-3-6, 7-3-5 shells
    • Trying to follow the “minimum movement” principle
  • Improvisation (only left hand)
    • Cycling dominant 7th chords in 7-3-6 — 3-7-9
    • Cycling minor to dominant progression in 3-7-9 — 7-3-6

Bass day (1h 30m)

  • Chord tones (Phil Mann) — 40m
    • All triads in all inversions around the cycle (70bpm)
    • All 7th chords in all inversions around the cycle (70bpm)
  • Break
  • Walking bass lines + chord tones
    • Soloing workshop: asc / desc arpeggios over Autumn Leaves in G-
    • ii — V — I patterns
    • 7th chord inversions over Autumn Leaves in G-


Struggling a bit with playing inversions backwards, especially in the context at high tempos. Need to work on it next time!