Welcome to your 4. month absolute beginner curriculum! Don’t worry about the new lessons if you are still working on something from the 3. month practice plan. Take as much time as you need. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes. The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.
I. Sight Reading & Coordination Exercises
(Lesson 47-48 & Additional Lessons)
- Short and Long Licks
- Changing the Licks
- Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises
- Scale Exercises (A minor Blues)
- Improvisation Exercises (A minor Blues)
- Scale Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)
- Improvisation Exercises (A minor pentatonic)
III. Rhythm Workout
IV. Blues Licks
- Blues Licks (part 1)
- Blues Licks (part 2)
- How to Improvise with Blues Licks
- How to Build a complete Solo
And that is it. You are done. Good job! When I am working with kids, this routine takes more than a month to complete. There are even more lessons in your 4. month membership, but If I were you, I would just stop here and make the best out of these lessons. I would rather master one technique really good than to play all of them poorly. But as I said earlier too, I trust your judgment on this, and if you believe that you can handle more challenge, I am here to support you. Let’s Continue.
Additional Exercises for Motivated Absolute Beginners
I. Making Music with the Core Lessons
- How to develop a swing feel: 8th Notes workout
- How to develop a swing feel: 8th Note Rest workout (Beat 1)
II. Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation
- Blues Scale Exercises (A minor Blues)
- Rhythm & Improvisation (Easy)
- Rhythm & Improvisation (Medium)
- Rhythm & Improvisation (Difficult)
III. Chords and Arpeggios
- Major Triad Etude (First Inversion)
- Major Triad Etude (Second Inversion)
- Major Triad Etude (Arpeggios: Two Octaves)
- Major Triad Etude (Root Position, 1st & 2nd Inversion)
- Major Triad Etude (Voice Leading, Grooves)
- Voice Leading Theory (Routine #15b)
- Minor Triads and Inversions
- Major 7th Chords – Root Position
If you wish to get feedback on your progress, feel free to contact me. In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:
- Your name, age, and main motivation.
- A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
- How much time do you have for practice?
- Are you working on the additional exercises too?
- What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
- What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.