Piano day (2h)

  • Jazz voicings
    • +7 to m9 (dominant to minor)
    • 7b9 to m7 (dominant to minor)
  • Imporvisation
    • Minor & major blues scale recap in all keys
  • Modal studies
    • Harmonising Lydian scale in all keys with shell voicings (7-3-5)
  • Left hand + reading
    • “Just One Of Those Things”
      • Stride pattern
      • Breaking down voicings used in the left hand (octave bass + shells)

Piano day (2h)

  • Improvisation + modes
    • I — II, I — III, I — IV, etc. transitions with shell voicings / voice leading
      • Ion, Aeol, Dor, Phryg in F
      • Lyd, Mixo in A
  • Jazz voicings
    • Fourthy modal voicings (D Dorian to Bb Dorian) — another killer exercise from Dan Haerle!
  • Left hand focus
    • Stride bass patterns: basic stride, tenths
  • Comping
    • Stride bass + Mixo scale over dominant progression (+ “Just One of Those Things” opening)

Observation

I literally can’t help but skip a couple of bass sessions in favour of piano as I’m onto some extremely interesting topics (left hand + modal studies) and I just don’t want to lose focus!

Piano day (1h)

  • Improvisation
    • Major blues scales in all keys (over dominant chords in shell voicings)
    • Cycling 5ths: Lesson 12 / Exercise 1 from “Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players” (Mixo scales over dominant chords)
  • Left hand
    • Stride bass (exercise + analysis) — from “Jazz Piano — The Left Hand” by Riccardo Scivales