Jazz Beginners Plan (4. Month)

Welcome to your 4. month jazz beginner curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 3. month practice plan, don’t worry too much about the new lessons. 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. Basic Routines (Easy)

Composition
A minor Etude & Improvisation with 4 types of minor scales
Contemporary Music Techniques

Rhythm Workout & Improvisation
Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation (Easy)
Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation (Medium)
Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation (Difficult)

Chords and Arpeggios
Routine #15a: Major Triad Etude (Root Position, 1st & 2nd Inversion)
Routine #15b: Major Triad Etude (Voice Leading, Grooves)
Voice Leading Theory (Routine #15b)
Minor Triads and Inversions
Major 7th Chords – Root Position

Theory/Basics
C Major Workout – Basics 
Bb Minor Workout – Basics 
F Major Workout – Basics
D Major Workout – Basics
C Minor Workout – Basics
G Minor Workout – Basics
D Minor Workout – Basics
Bb Major Workout – Basics


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Ear Training
If you transpose only one etude, it should be this one:
Routine #13: Blues scale Exercises (A minor Blues)

Having Fun with the Beginner Lessons
Choose one of the lessons listed below and transform it to your level.
C Major Etude – Let Her Come
Bb Minor Etude – Windy Day in Bergen
Don’t be Sad – Contemporary version 

Don’t be Sad – Swing version
F Major Etude – Rainy Day in Bergen
D Major Etude – The little Hobbit
G minor Etude – The Legend of John
C minor Etude – Ballade pour Adele
D minor Etude – Spring Wind
Bb major Etude – Sweet Home

Challenging Jazz Routines
Jazz Hanon No. 4
Jazz Hanon No. 5
Jazz Hanon No. 6
Blues for McCoy Tyner – Behind the scenes

Chords
F Blues – Mastering Chords
F Blues – Walking Bass

Improvisation
Consistent Rhythm Pattern (Ab Minor Blues)
F Blues Rootless Voicings and Blues Scale
Ab Minor Blues Improvisation
B Minor Blues Workout 
Blues for McCoy Tyner

Rhythm Workout
How to develop a swing feel: 8th Notes workout
How to develop a swing feel: 8th Note Rest workout (Beat 1)
How to develop a swing feel: 8th Note Rest workout (Beat 2)

 

I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. This is a well-rounded practice routine for a Jazz Beginner student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day.

If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 4. month experienced beginner program, or you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


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.

Experienced Beginner Plan (4. Month)

Welcome to your 4. month experienced beginner curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 3. month practice plan, don’t worry too much about the new lessons. 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. Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of F

Review

II. Jazz Routines

Review

III. Theory/Basics

Review

IV. Improvisation 

Review

V. Etudes

Review


I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. There are more lessons in your 4. month beginner curriculum, you can check them out too, but those are mainly for jazz beginners (intermediate players). However, this is a well-rounded practice routine for an experienced beginner student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day, even if your ego says that you should practice more difficult things. If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 4. month absolute beginner program, or you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


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.

Absolute beginner Plan (4. Month)

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.


Core Lessons

I. Sight Reading & Coordination Exercises
(Lesson 45-46)

II. Improvisation
(Lesson 47-48  & Additional Lessons)

III. Rhythm Workout
(Lesson 49-51)

IV. Blues Licks
(Lesson 52-55)

 


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

II. Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation

III. Chords and Arpeggios

Review

New Lessons

IV. Challenge


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.

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

Review

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

Review

New Lessons

 

II. Chords and Arpeggios

Review

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.

Experienced Beginner Plan (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. Month Experienced 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. Traditional Blues Workout in the key of G

Review

II. Jazz Routines

Review

III. Theory/Basics

Review

IV. Improvisation
(Bebop, Post-bop, Mainstream Jazz)

Review

V. Etudes

Review


I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. There are more lessons in your 5. month beginner curriculum, you can check them out too, but those are mainly for jazz beginners (intermediate players). However, this is a well-rounded practice routine for an experienced beginner student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day, even if your ego says that you should practice more difficult things. If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 5. month absolute beginner program, or you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


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.

Jazz Beginners 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.


I. Basic Routines (Easy)

Compositions (to warm up)
Radioactive Dragon
Hilja

Chords and Arpeggios
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)

Theory/Basics
A minor Workout – Basics
E Minor Workout – Basics
C Major Workout – Basics 
Bb Minor Workout – Basics 
F Major Workout – Basics
D Major Workout – Basics
C Minor Workout – Basics
G Minor Workout – Basics
D Minor Workout – Basics
Bb Major Workout – Basics


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Rhythm Workout (with Walking Bass)
Part 1: 8th Notes Workout 
Part 2: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 1) 
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)

Jazz Scales and Arpeggios
Elements of Improvisation: Natural & Harmonic Minor Scale
Elements of Improvisation: C Major Scale Workout
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play the Dorian Mode (Bebop Version)
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play the Dorian Mode (Modal Version)
Elements of Improvisation: Minor 7th in Jazz – Scales and Arpeggios 
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play The Mixolydian Mode
Elements of Improvisation: Dominant 7th Arpeggios in Jazz

Jazz Hanon
Jazz Hanon No. 4
Jazz Hanon No. 5
Jazz Hanon No. 6 
Jazz Hanon No. 7
Jazz Hanon No. 8
I can’t reach the 10th, what to do?
How to make the best out of Jazz Hanon

Blues Hanon
Blues Hanon
How to get the best out of Blues Hanon
Basic Blues


I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. This is a well-rounded practice routine for a Jazz Beginner student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day.

If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 5. month experienced beginner program, or you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


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.

Experienced Beginner Plan (6. Month)

Welcome to your 6. month experienced beginner curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 5. month practice plan, don’t worry too much about the new lessons. 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. Advanced 12 Bar Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of Bb

Review

II. Jazz Routines

Review

III. Theory/Basics

Review

IV. Improvisation

Major Blues and Major Pentatonic
(I-VI-ii-V Progression)

Review

V. Etudes

Review


It might take more than six months to complete the whole Experienced Beginner Practice Plan, but that’s ok. Just take your time with it. Once you are done, you have two ways to go:

  1. Start on the Jazz Beginner Practice Plan
  2. Leave this membership behind and start with the Monthly Intermediate Membership

If you don’t want to lose you access to this beginner membership, I recommend you to upgrade to the 6 months or 1-year membership.


Fun Fact

Did you realize that you already learned to have control over 53 scales and 244 chords?

I am an Advanced Beginner, where should I start?

If:
– you have already played piano for many years now, but for some reason, you like to start courses at the absolute beginner level. (i.e., You are a piano teacher, and you need some ideas how to teach improvisation to your students)
– you have proper technique and solid reading skills
– you have zero experience with improvisation
– you are planning to sign up for the FULL ACCESS membership, but you are not ready to commit to it yet, so you  signed up for the monthly beginner membership

…then this article is for you.


Since you have good control over the piano, you have to look the core lessons from a completely different perspective.
Therefore I strongly recommend you to start here:

1. Month Jazz Beginner Approach (Ear Training – Transposition)
1. Month Jazz Beginner Approach (Making Music with the Core Lessons)

Keeping that Jazz Beginner Mindset, you will find even the absolute beginner lessons useful to you.


Your 1-month beginner practice plan is the following:

I. Warm up Routines:

Improvisation
Routine #1: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (Easy)
Routine #2: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (A minor)
Chords
Routine #3: Major Triad Etudes (Root Position)
Routine #4: Major Triad Etude (Arpeggios)
Composition
1-month Beginner Essentials: Making Music with the Core Lessons (Easy)
1-month Beginner Challenge: Smooth Voice Leading
1-month Beginner Challenge: Pop Improvisation in 4 Major Keys

II: Advanced Routines

Jazz routine 1: Five-finger scale exercises (12 Major Keys)
Routine 1: Five.Finger Scales and Improvisation Exercises (Play and rest approach)
Routine 1: Five.Finger Scales and Improvisation Exercises (Rhythmic Displacement)
1-month Beginner Challenge: Blues Improvisation with triads

The last five lessons are really fun! Even for me. It allows you to be creative and there is no limit how difficult or sophisticated you can play these exercises. For example, the Play and rest approach and Rhythmic Displacement are concepts you can work on until… let’s say… the rest of your life maybe? Even as a professional pianist.

Therefore if you are working on those lessons, please upload a video to youtube – as an unlisted link is enough – and sent it to me.
I want to see how far you manage to push your limits. I will give you feedback and additional exercises to work on.

III. Tunes
D minor Etude – Spring Wind (Hungarian Folk Tune)
Bb Major Etude – Sweet Home (Pop-Rock)

IV: Theory/Basics
D Minor Workout – Basics
Bb Major Workout – Basics

V: Ear Training – Transposition – Composition
1. Month Jazz Beginner Approach (Ear Training – Transposition)
1. Month Jazz Beginner Approach (Making Music with the Core Lessons)
Lesson 5: Sight Reading (Video 3)
Lesson 6: Sight Reading (Video 4)
Lesson 7: Sight Reading (Video 5)
Lesson 8: Sight Reading (Video 6)
Lesson 9: Sight Reading (Video 7)
Lesson 10: Sight Reading (Video 8)
Easy Esplosivo Songs (revisited)


When you open a lesson, you will see the video on the top and under that, you will find a practice plan. It helps you to get the best out of the lesson. I expect you to complete everything that is written in the description. If you only do what is shown in the video, you will not get very far. However, if you follow my advice and work through all the additional exercises, in 6 months you will be a well-rounded jazz pianist.

If you are still not sure where to start or how to approach these lessons, 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 my website. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) If you are not a member yet, please chose a lesson from my Youtube Channel. 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 flexible, or is there anything on the website that you don’t want to practice? (Jazz, Blues, Contemporary Music, Latin?)
  • 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.

If you like my approach and you are ready to upgrade for the 6 month or 1-year membership, please contact me to redeem your discount.
Complete list of lessons

I am looking forward to getting to know you, working together and make you a better pianist.
David

I am an experienced beginner, where should I start?

If:
– you already played piano for a year or so,
– you have some basic reading skills,
– you have some experience with improvisation
– you have good control over major and minor triads
– your goal is to improvise freely and create music
– you want to understand and feel the music, express different kind of emotions through the piano
– you want to know everything about scales, chords, and rhythm, but the same time you don’t want to get overwhelmed with too many exercises at once.

…then the monthly beginner membership is for you.


Since you are an experienced beginner, you might find the core lessons easy (Lesson 1 – 18, 26 -29),
Therefore I recommend you to start your piano journey with this lesson:

If you had trouble completing the lesson above,  you should consider following the Absolute Beginner Curriculum for the next 3-6 months.
NOTE: The Experienced Beginner Practice Plan can be seen as the continuation of the Absolute Beginner Curriculum. 


If you are still here, that means you passed the test, and you are ready to dig deeper. In order to get the most out of each month, focus your attention on the current month without thinking too much about what’s coming next month.

I. Open Mindset

II. Jazz Routine

III: Theory/Basics

IV. Improvisation

V. Etudes


The Play and rest approach and Rhythmic Displacement are lessons you can work on until… let’s say… the rest of your life maybe? Even as a professional pianist.
It allows you to be creative and there is no limit how difficult or sophisticated you can play that exercise.

Therefore if you are working on that lesson, please upload a video to youtube – as an unlisted link is enough – and sent it to me.
I want to see how far you manage to push your limits. I will give you feedback and additional exercises to work on.

There are even more lessons in your first-month beginner membership, but If I were you, I would just stop here and make the best out of these routines and challenges. I would rather master one technique than to play all of them poorly. So if you managed to fall in love with one of the lessons, technique or routine, excellent, stick with it! Drop everything else… at least this is how I do it.

But I trust your judgment on this, and if you believe that you can handle more challenge, I am here to support you. If this is the case, you should consider transposing short melodic lines in all the keys. This skill will come very handy when you start the Jazz Beginner Curriculum.
Check this out:


Ear Training – Transposition – Composition
1. Month Jazz Beginner Approach (Ear Training – Transposition)
Lesson 5: Sight Reading (Video 3)
Lesson 6: Sight Reading (Video 4)
Lesson 7: Sight Reading (Video 5)
Lesson 8: Sight Reading (Video 6)
Lesson 9: Sight Reading (Video 7)
Lesson 10: Sight Reading (Video 8)
Easy Esplosivo Songs (revisited)


If you are still not sure where to start or how to approach these lessons, 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.) If you are not a member yet, please chose a lesson from my Youtube Channel. 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.

Good Luck and keep in touch,
David

 

I am an absolute beginner, where should I start?

If:
– you have never touched the piano before
– your goal is to read, improvise and create music
– you want to understand and feel the music, express different kind of emotions through the piano
– you want to know everything about scales, chords, and rhythm, but the same time you don’t want to get overwhelmed with too many exercises at once

…then the monthly beginner membership is for you.


In order to get the most out of each month, focus your attention on the current month without thinking too much about what’s coming next month. Since you are an absolute beginner, I want you to start with the core lessons.

Core Lessons

I. Sight Reading and Coordination Exercises
(Lesson 1 – 10)

The Piano Keyboard
Posture at the piano and fingering
Sight Reading Exercises – Part 1
Sight Reading Exercises – Part 2
Sight Reading Exercises – Part 3
Sight Reading Exercises – Part 4 
Sight Reading Exercises – Part 5
Sight Reading Exercises – Part 6 
Sight Reading Exercises – Part 7
Sight Reading Exercises – Part 8

II. Rhythm workout
(Lesson 11 – 14)
Rhythm Exercises – Part 1
Rhythm Exercises – Part 2
Rhythm Exercises – Part 3
Rhythm Exercises – Part 4

III. Easy Etudes
(Lesson 15 – 18)
Easy Etudes and Variations (revisited)
Easy Etudes and Variations – Part 1
Easy Etudes and Variations – Part 2
Easy Etudes and Variations – Part 3
Easy Etudes and Variations – Part 4

IV. Extras
(Lesson 26 – 19)
Basic Right Hand Exercises
Basic Left Hand Exercises
Whole Notes with Whole notes
Half notes with Half Notes

And that is it. You are done. This is the routine I do with my absolute beginner private students. When I am working with kids, this routine takes more than a month to complete. As your private piano teacher, I would show you the first 3 or 4 exercises, just like I do in the videos. However, since I want you to learn to read music, I would let you figure out the rest of the exercises by yourself. I would only interfere if you made a mistake. Therefore I want you to work primarily with the music sheet, and use the video to doublecheck your progress, or if something does not make sense to you.


“I am an absolute beginner, but I managed to complete all this in a week.”

Very good. You are ready to move to the next section.


Additional Exercises for Motivated Absolute Beginners

I. Improvisation
Five-Finger Scale Exercises (Easy)
Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (A minor)

II. Chords
Major Triad Etudes (Root Position)
Major Triad Etude (Arpeggios)

III. Composition
Making Music with the Core Lessons (Easy)
Smooth Voice Leading

When you open a lesson, you will see the video on the top and under that, you will find a practice plan that belongs to that lesson. It helps you to get the best out of the lesson. Here is an example:

This plan will make you busy for several months. If you are not able to complete it, no worries. Your focus should be on Core Lessons, make the best out of it.
If you managed to complete all the Core Lesson and the Additional Exercises for Motivated Beginners in a week, well, you are reading the wrong article my friend, you are not an absolute beginner.
You place is here:  I am an experienced beginner, where should I start?


If you are still not sure where to start or how to approach these lessons, 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.) If you are not a member yet, please chose a lesson from my Youtube Channel. 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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