Low 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

 

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 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 (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. month intermediate curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 4. 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. Scales
(From Lesson 113 to Lesson 115)

II: Improvisation
(From Lesson 116 to Lesson 120)

Rhythm Workout – 8th Note Rest Workout

Comping and Free Improvisation


II. Easy Jazz Beginner Routines

Sight Reading & Coordination Exercises

Review

How to develop a swing feel
(Second Part: Stride Workout)

 

Theory/Basics

Review

Improvisation
(Bebop, Post-bop, Mainstream Jazz)

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 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 (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. month intermediate curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 4. 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. Scales
(From Lesson 113 to Lesson 115)

II: Improvisation
(From Lesson 116 to Lesson 120)

Rhythm Workout – 8th Note Rest Workout

Comping and Free Improvisation


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 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.

High Intermediate Practice Plan (5. Month)


Welcome to your 5. month intermediate curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 4. 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. Scales
(From Lesson 113 to Lesson 115)

II: Improvisation
(From Lesson 116 to Lesson 120)

Rhythm Workout – 8th Note Rest Workout

Comping and Free Improvisation


Jazz Beginner Routines

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

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


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Composition

Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation

Chords and Arpeggios

Theory/Basics

Review

F Jazz-Blues

Ab Minor Blues

How to develop a swing feel

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 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 (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)


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 second-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.

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)


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Improvisation (Easy)

Theory/Basics

Review

Major Triad Etude

Improvisation

Etudes

Review

Jazz Chords

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 second-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.

I am at a high intermediate level, where should I start?

If:
– you have already played piano for a few years now
– you have proper technique and solid reading skills
– you have some experience with improvisation
– you read the description of the course, meaning: you are aware of that the intermediate course starts with  contemporary piano lessons, and we will go through all type of music genres throughout the curriculum;
– you are planning to sign up for one of the FULL ACCESS membership, but you are not ready to commit to it yet, so you signed up for the monthly intermediate membership,
this article is for you.


Before you would start working on your curriculum, I want you to check out the following two lessons:

These two lessons are originally part of the 1.Month Beginner Membership, but they are essential for you too because it helps to set your mind in the right direction. Everything you practice on the website, you will use in your composition and improvisation.


Basic Improvisation Exercises

Sight Reading

Compositional Improvisation
Collect your favorite parts from the etudes you have learned so far, and mix them up. You can’t go wrong. All the core lessons are in the key of E minor, so whatever you decide to glue together, it will fit, no worries. Feel free to change things around to your taste, also, you might want to add parts, that wasn’t in the curriculum. That is completely fine. I did that too.

Jazz Routine

Theory/Basics

Improvisation

Etudes

Extras
(5. Month Beginner Routines)

 


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, your progress will be…minimal. 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 like my approach and you are ready to upgrade for the 6 month or 1-year membership, please contact me to redeem your discount

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

I am at an intermediate level, where should I start?

If:
– you already played piano for two years or so,
– you have some basic reading skills,
– you have zero experience with Improvisation
– you don’t mind to have gradual access to the course, because you want to get the most out of each month, focusing your attention on the current month without thinking too much about what’s coming next month
– you read the description of the course, meaning: you are aware of that the intermediate course starts with  contemporary piano lessons, and we will go through all type of music genres throughout the curriculum;
– you signed up for the monthly intermediate membership, this article is for you.


Before you would start working on your curriculum, I want you to check out the following two lessons:

These two lessons are originally part of the 1.Month Beginner Membership, but they are essential for you too because it helps to set your mind in the right direction. Everything you practice on the website, you will use in your composition and improvisation.


Basic Improvisation Exercises
(Lesson 74 – 77)

Sight Reading – Low Intermediate Approach
(From Lesson 78 to Lesson 83)

Sight Reading – Intermediate Approach

 

Compositional Improvisation

Collect your favorite parts from the etudes you have learned so far, and mix them up. You can’t go wrong. All the core lessons are in the key of E minor, so whatever you decide to glue together, will fit, no worries. Feel free to change things around to your taste, also, you might want to add parts, that wasn’t in the curriculum. That is completely fine. I did that too.

Theory/Basics

Tunes

Improvisation

Chords

Composition

Advanced Routines


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.

 


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.

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