15th February 2018 David Magyel

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


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




(Bebop, Post-bop, Mainstream Jazz)


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.