Intermediate Practice Plan (3. Month)

Welcome to your 3. month intermediate curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 2. 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.


Core Lessons

Warm up

Reading lead sheets

Improvisation

Songs
(From Lesson 98 to Lesson 105)

Checkpoint


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Sight Reading & Coordination Exercises

Review

Improvisation

Review

Jazz Chords

Review

Theory/Basics

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 third-month intermediate curriculum, you can check them out too, but those are mainly for jazz beginners (higher intermediate players). However, this is a well-rounded practice routine for an intermediate student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day, even if you feel that you should practice more things. If you think that it is going to be too difficult to follow through this program, 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.

Low Intermediate Practice Plan (3. Month)

Welcome to your 3. month intermediate curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 2. 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.


Core Lessons

Warm up

Reading lead sheets

Improvisation

Songs
(From Lesson 98 to Lesson 105)

Checkpoint

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 third-month intermediate curriculum, you can check them out too, but those are mainly for jazz beginners (or jazz intermediate players). However, this is a well-rounded practice routine for an intermediate 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 things.  If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, I recommend you to 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 (3. Month)

Welcome to your 3. month jazz beginner curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 2. 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)

Improvisation
Routine #9: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)
Routine #10: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (A minor pentatonic)

Chords and Arpeggios
Routine #11a: Major Triad Etude (First Inversion)
Routine #11b: Major Triad Etude (Second Inversion)
Routine #12:  Major Triads Etude (Arpeggios: Two Octaves)

Theory/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

Composition
3. Month Beginner Challenge – Pop Improvisation in 4 Major Keys (F – Bb – Eb – Ab)
3. Month Beginner Challenge – Melodic Improvisation (Pop & New Age Piano)


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Ear Training
If you transpose only one etude, it should be this one:
Routine #9: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)

Having Fun with the Beginner Lessons
Choose one of the lessons listed below and transform it to your level.
Don’t be Sad – Contemporary version (New)
Don’t be Sad – Swing version (New)
F Major Etude – Rainy Day in Bergen (New)
D Major Etude – The little Hobbit (New)
G minor Etude – The Legend of John (Review)
C minor Etude – Ballade pour Adele  (Review)
D minor Etude – Spring Wind (Review)
Bb major Etude – Sweet Home (Review)

Improvisation
Routine #9: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (D minor pentatonic)
Routine #9: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (G minor pentatonic)
Routine #9: How to make up a song on the spot?

Challenging Jazz Routines
Learn to read notes with Sharp and Flat (2. half of the video – 2:46)
Jazz Hanon No. 1
Jazz Hanon No. 2
Jazz Hanon No. 3
(Note: These are brand new exercises. Not the same as in my Youtube channel)

Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of Bb
Bb Blues: Mastering Chords
Bb Blues: 3-7 Voicings
Bb Blues: Walking Bass
Bb Blues: One Note Improvisation
Bb Blues: Scale Patterns over Bb Blues
Bb Blues: Note Restrictions

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 3. 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 (3. Month)

Welcome to your 3. month experienced beginner curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 2. 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 Bb

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 third-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 things. If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 3. 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 (3. Month)

Welcome to your 3. month absolute beginner curriculum! Don’t worry about the new lessons if you are still working on something from the 2. 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 and Coordination Exercises
(Lesson 34 – 37)

II. Improvisation
(Lesson 38 – 40)

III. Theory and Sight Reading Exercises
(Lesson 41 – 44)

There are even more lessons in your 3. month 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. But I trust your judgment on this, and if you believe that you can handle more challenge, I am here to support you. Check this out


Additional Exercises for Motivated Absolute Beginners

I. Making Music with the Core Concepts

II. Improvisation

Review

New Lessons

III. Chords and Arpeggios

Review


New Lessons


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.

Routines & Challenges

Routines

Scale Workouts

Improvisation Workouts

Chord Workouts

Monthly Challenges

1-Month Beginner

2-Month Beginner

3-Month Beginner

4-Month Beginner

5-Month Beginner

 

Blues Practice Plan

I am here to learn blues and everything that comes with it!

If this sounds like you, then this article is a must read before you sign up.
– As you might have read on my front page, my focus is on how to create music and express different kinds of emotions with the piano. To play blues is an excellent tool to do that… as well as contemporary piano, or any other style.  If you are planning to sign up for a monthly membership, you must be aware of getting lessons in all type of genres. (Blues is one of the six styles I am covering on the site.)
– If your budget on blues piano lessons is around 30€, then I rather recommend you to check out my Blues Piano Bundle.
– However, if you signed up for 6 months or 1-year membership, The following practice plan will help you focus exclusively on blues piano.


BEGINNER BLUES PIANO LESSONS

This section requires basic reading and coordination skills between the left hand and right hand.

Swing Feel

Improvisation

A Minor Blues

A Minor Pentatonic

Rhythm Workout

Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation

Licks

Etudes 

You First Composition

Jam with your friends

Test your skills, and decide if you are ready to move to the next section:


INTERMEDIATE  BLUES PIANO LESSONS

Song and Improvisation in C

How to Practice Scales

Improvisation Etude


ADVANCED  BLUES PIANO LESSONS

Licks and Improvisation

Creative Practicing

Powerful Chord Progressions

Rhythm Workout
(Two-Feel Bass Lines + Walking Bass + Jazz Trio)

Test your skills


TRADITIONAL 12 BAR BLUES WORKOUT


JAZZ-BLUES IN C 

Walking Bass

Chords

Jazz-blues Improvisation


JAZZ-BLUES IN Bb


JAZZ-BLUES IN F


JAZZ WITH A HINT OF BLUES

VIII. Jazz-Blues Improvisation
(Major Pentatonic and Major Blues)

 


If you are 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 list (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?
  • 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

Jazz Beginners Practice Plan (2. Month)

I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous month 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)

Improvisation
Routine #5: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (A minor Blues)
Routine #6: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (A minor Blues)

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

Major Triads
Routine #7a: Major Triad Etude (Right Hand – Octaves)
Routine #7b: Major Triad Etude (Left Hand – Octaves)
Routine #8a: Major Triad Etude (Arpeggios: Right Hand – Octaves) 
Routine #8b: Major Triad Etude (Arpeggios: Left Hand – Octaves)

Composition
2-month Beginner Essentials: Making Music with the Core Lessons
2. month Beginner Challenge: The 9th and the Good 9th song


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Ear Training
2. Month Jazz Beginner Approach (Ear Training – Transposition)
If you transpose only one etude, it should be this one:
Routine #5: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (A minor Blues)

I would recommend you to pick up one etude from the following list and transpose it too.
Whole Notes with Quarter Notes

Whole notes with Half Notes
Challenging Esplosivo Song – Experienced Beginner Version

Quarter Notes with Quarter Notes
Colours
D minor Etude – Spring Wind


Having Fun with the Beginner Lessons
2. Month Jazz Beginner Approach (Express Yourself)

Choose one of the lessons listed below and transform it to your level.
G minor Etude – The Legend of John
C minor Etude – Ballade pour Adele 
D minor Etude – Spring Wind
Challenging Esplosivo Song – Experienced Beginner Version

Quarter Notes with Quarter Notes
Colours

Improvisation
Routine #5: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (Call and Response)
Routine #5: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (Pick Ups)
2. Month Beginner Challenge: Pop Improvisation in 4 Major Keys (C – G – D – A)

Challenging Jazz Routines
Jazz routine #1: Five-finger scale exercises (12 Major Keys) 
Jazz Routine #2: Advanced Five-Finger Scale Exercises (C minor Blues)
Jazz Routine #3: Five-Finger scale exercises (12 Minor Keys)
Jazz Routine #3: 6 Additional Exercises

Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of C



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, I recommend you to send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.

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