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.
Reading lead sheets
(From Lesson 98 to Lesson 105)
- Glass (Main Theme)
- Glass (Impro)
- Someone who looks like you (Head)
- Someone who looks like you (Impro)
- Someone who looks like you (Ending)
- It’s a grand Illusion (Head)
- It’s a grand Illusion (Impro)
- It’s a grand Illusion (Ending)
Jazz Beginner Routines
I. Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of Bb
- Mastering Chords
- 3-7 Voicings
- Bb Blues: Walking Bass
- One Note Improvisation
- Scale Patterns over Bb Blues
- Note Restrictions
II. Jazz Routines
- Five-Finger scale exercises (12 Minor Keys)
- 6 Additional Exercises
- Five-finger scale exercises (12 Major Keys)
- Walking Bass & Impro
- Rootless Voicings & Imrpo
- Walking Bass & Scale Etude
- Rootless Voicings & Scale Etude
- The Flat Sign
- The Natural Sign
- F Major Workout
- D Major Workout
- Major Triads – First Inversion
- Major Triads – Second Inversion
- Major Triad Arpeggios: Two Octaves
- Five-Finger Scale Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)
- Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (A minor pentatonic)
- Pop Improvisation in 4 Major Keys Part 3
- Melodic Improvisation
- D minor pentatonic Improvisation
- G minor pentatonic Improvisation
- How to make up a song on the spot?
- C minor Blues scale exercises
- Call and Response
- Pick Ups
- Play and rest approach
- Rhythmic Displacement
- Blues Improvisation with triads
- Pop Improvisation in 4 Major Keys
- Pop Improvisation in 4 Major Keys Part 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 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.