Low Intermediate Practice Plan (6. Month)

Welcome to your 6. month intermediate 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.


Core Lessons

I. Sight Reading and Coordination Exercise

II: Creative Practicing 101

III. Powerful Chord Progressions
(Lesson 129 – Lesson 130)

IV. Review

V. Test your skills


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 6. 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.

Intermediate Practice Plan (6. Month)

Welcome to your 6. month intermediate 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. Core Lessons

Sight Reading and Coordination Exercise

Creative Practicing 101

Powerful Chord Progressions
(Lesson 129 – Lesson 130)

Review

Test your skills


II. Easy Jazz Beginner Routines

Sight Reading & Coordination Exercises

Review

Theory/Basics

Review

Advanced 12 Bar Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of Bb

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 6. 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.

High Intermediate Practice Plan (6. Month)

Welcome to your 6. month intermediate 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. Core Lessons

Sight Reading and Coordination Exercise

Creative Practicing 101

Powerful Chord Progressions
(Lesson 129 – Lesson 130)

Review

Test your skills


II. Basic Routines

Etudes

Review

Theory/Basics

Review


III. Jazz Beginner Routines

I. Advanced 12 Bar Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of Bb

Review

II. Jazz Routines

Review

III. Improvisation

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

Review

Beginner Plan (6. Month)

Welcome to your 6. month beginner curriculum! If you are still working on something from the 5. 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. Sight Reading and Coordination Exercises
(Lesson 65 – 73)

II. Theory/Basics

III. Contemporary Etudes


If you were following only the first part of each absolute beginners plans, now it is the time to add the rest. Even if you consider yourself an average beginner player, you are ready now to practice all the Additional Exercises for Motivated Beginners. 


I. Rhythm Workout & Improvisation

II. Chords

Major Triads Workout

Minor Triads Workout

Chords with Extensions Workout

III. Arpeggios

IV. Making Music with the Core Lessons


It will obviously take more than one month to complete the whole Absolute Beginner Practice Plan, so just take your time with it. Once you are done, you have two ways to go:

  1. Start on the Experienced Beginner Practice plans
  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 132 Chords?

 

 

 

High 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


Jazz Beginner Routines

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. This is a well-rounded practice routine for a Higher Intermediate 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 intermediate practice plan, 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.

High Intermediate Practice Plan (4. Month)

Welcome to your 4. month intermediate 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.


Core Lessons

POP-BLUES

FUNK IN C 

JAZZ

POP & CONTEMPORARY


Jazz Beginner Routines

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. This is a well-rounded practice routine for a Higher Intermediate 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 intermediate practice plan, 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 Practice Plan

I am here to learn jazz 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 jazz 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. (Jazz is one of the six styles I am covering on the site.)
– If your budget on Jazz piano lessons is around 30€, then I rather recommend you to check out my Jazz Piano Bundle.
– However, if you signed up for 6 months or 1-year membership, The following practice plan will help you focus exclusively on jazz piano.


Introduction

(Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 50 seconds)

There are 3 types of students when it comes to learning jazz.

  • Student 1: I want to learn things that sound ‘jazzy’.

In my translation, this means that you like the sound of jazz, but you don’t feel the necessity to go deep and understand the logic behind every note.
Well, I think you will like this practice plan. Everything in this list sounds jazzy. You are going to learn more than you need to reach your goal but look at that as a positive side effect. I mean, it is not a bad thing that you will be able to create your own walking bass lines even though you just want to follow my version 😉

  • Student 2: I want to understand jazz, I want to be a jazz pianist.

For me, a jazz pianist is equal to a well-rounded pianist. I have never met jazz pianist saying something like:
“Sorry I can’t play blues. I can only play Jazz”
“Sorry, but I don’t know how to play triads. I only play jazz chords, like rootless voicings.”
This practice plan is going to be fun for you, but not going to be enough. I recommend you to follow my well-rounded practice plan.

  • Student 3: I want to understand jazz, I want to be a jazz pianist (so please, don’t make me play anything that has nothing to do to jazz).

What ‘Student 3’ is really asking here is: Can I skip the basics and be awesome right away?
The short answer is no.
And the long answer is: nope.
(Yes, you can learn to play a rootless Bb7b9 chord right away, without knowing how to play a Bb triad in root position. I can also learn a sentence in Japanese without knowing what I am talking about. I am sure it will sound awesome, and with that one sentence, I can impress my grandma, but other than that? No, nothing will happen.)
My advice is to start with this practice plan. Try not to be bothered when things are not making sense. However, if you feel that you lose motivation because you got completely lost, try to go back to basics and see how does it feel. You might as well enjoy it.



JAZZ-BLUES IN C 

Walking Bass

Chords

Jazz-blues Improvisation


JAZZ-BLUES IN Bb


JAZZ-BLUES IN F


JAZZ WITH A HINT OF BLUES


Jazz-Blues Improvisation
(Major Pentatonic and Major Blues)


JAZZ ROUTINES & JAZZ HANON


RHYTHM WORKOUT
(Two-Feel Bass Lines + Stride + Walking Bass + Jazz Trio)


ELEMENTS OF JAZZ IMPROVISATION


 Advanced 12 Bar Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of Bb


JAZZ & JAZZ 🙂

Create a beautiful sounding arrangement on the spot:

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

Just Keep the Beat

Many of my students are trying so hard to play the right notes, so they end up stopping and correcting themselves every five seconds. Having a steady beat is the first thing you should care about, everything else is secondary. I rather listen to improvisation with good rhythm and some wrong notes, than to an improvisation where everything is correct, but the rhythm is weak. Do you know the reason why you are not able to keep the beat and a good flow? I tell you. You are practicing something you not supposed to. The biggest mistakes every beginner do. This is also the reason why you will skip the next day of practicing piano. You struggle. But why do you do this to yourself? Who told you that you have to suffer to make some progress? For sure there is a lesson on this website that you can play right away with a steady beat. You should start there… and then go to the next one on the list. What will happen?
1. You will stop working hard – and start enjoying playing the piano again.
2. You will manage to keep the beat every single time you sit down to practice.
3. You will give positive signals to your brain that you can play things without a struggle, and that will help you to sit down again tomorrow.
4. Eventually, you will get back to the lesson you tried so hard to complete earlier, and you will be surprised that you can do it on the first try.

Trust the curriculum. All you have to do is to start at the right place, continue in the right order and you will get the same feeling every day – This is easy. Soon or later you will end up playing my most difficult routines, and you will still think the same – This is easy.

High Intermediate Practice Plan (2. Month)

Welcome to your 2. month curriculum! 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.


Core Lessons

Left-Hand Accompaniment
(Lesson 84 – Lesson 85)

Improvisation
(From Lesson 86 to Lesson 92)

Rhythm Workout
(From Lesson 93 to Lesson 96)

Duet Part
(Lesson 97)

Checkpoint

Improvisation (Mindset)


Jazz Beginner Routines

I. Ear Training

If you transpose only one etude, it should be this one:

II. Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of C

III. Jazz Routines

Review

IV. Theory/Basics

Review

V. Improvisation 

Review

VI. Having Fun with the Etudes
Choose one of the lessons listed below and transform it to your level.

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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