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 (1h)

  • Jazz voicings
    • Recap: cycling all maj7 shells (base 7-3-5, base 3-7-9)
    • Recap: cycling all m7 shells (base 7-3-5, base 3-7-9)
    • Recap: cycling all 7 shells (base 7-3-5, base 3-7-9)
    • Cycling all dominant sus4 / polychords
    • Recap: minor to dominant in two formats
  • Modal studies
    • Voice leading patterns in Dorian (A — B voicings)
    • Voice leading patterns in Mixolydian

Piano day (1h 40m)

  • Jazz voicings
    • ii — V —I’s (major & parallel minor over IV) in all keys, inverted arpeggios / inversions with LH
    • Major & minor 7th chords around the cycle in all inversions
  • Comping
    • Using shells & chord scales over a standard (Worth the Wait in F)
      • Mixo scale over dominant chords
      • Dorian & minor blues over minor
      • Lydian pentatonic over major