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.
I. Jam with your friends
(Lesson 56 – 57 & Extras)
- Blues Duet: Comping Patterns
- Blues Duet: Comping and Improvisation
- Duet Part (Pop & New Age)
- Duet Part (Swing)
II: Songs (My Compositions)
(Lesson 58 – 62)
- I’m gonna explode
- Come on, Let’s go (Medium)
- Giant Butterfly
- Giant Butterfly (Virtual Piano version)
- You Must Be Joking
- Why Not?
- Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises
- Scale Exercises (A minor Blues)
- Improvisation Exercises (A minor Blues)
- Scale Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)
- Improvisation Exercises (A minor pentatonic)
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
- Part 3: 8th note rest workout (Beat 2)
- Part 4: 8th note rest workout (Beat 3)
- Part 5: 8th note rest workout (Beat 4)
- Part 6: 8th note rest workout (Random)
II. Chords and Arpeggios
- 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
- Minor Triad Etude
- Minor Triad Etude Arpeggios (One Octave)
- Open Triad Etude (Ear Training)
- 9th Chords Etude (Ear Training)
- Sus4 Chords Etude (Ear Training)
- Slash Chords (Major 7th)
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.