15th February 2018 David Magyel

Absolute Beginner Plan (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. month absolute beginner curriculum! If you are still working on something from the 4. month practice plan, don’t worry, don’t rush, take as much time as you need with those lessons. 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.

Core Lessons

I. Jam with your friends
(Lesson 56 – 57 & Extras)

II: Songs (My Compositions)
(Lesson 58 – 62)

III. Composition
(Lesson 63)

IV. Improvisation


New Lessons

V. Test your skills

Congratulation! If you went through all these lessons, you can stop calling yourself an absolute beginner.

When I am working with kids, this routine takes more than a month to complete. There are even more lessons in your 5. 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. However, as always, I trust your judgment on this, and if you say that you can handle more challenge, I am here to support you.

Additional Exercises for Motivated Beginners

I. Rhythm Workout & Improvisation


New Lessons


II. Chords and Arpeggios


New Lessons

III. Challenges

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.

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