15th February 2018 David Magyel

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.