15th February 2018 David Magyel

Jazz Beginners Plan (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. month absolute beginner curriculum! If you are still working on something from the 4. 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.


I. Basic Routines (Easy)

Compositions (to warm up)
Radioactive Dragon
Hilja

Chords and Arpeggios
Minor Triad Etude
Minor Triad Etude Arpeggios (One Octave)
Open Triad Etude (Ear Training)
9th Chords Etude (Ear Training)
Sus4 Chords Etude (Ear Training) 
Slash Chords (Major 7th)

Theory/Basics
A minor Workout – Basics
E Minor Workout – Basics
C Major Workout – Basics 
Bb Minor Workout – 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


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Rhythm Workout (with Walking Bass)
Part 1: 8th Notes Workout 
Part 2: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 1) 
Part 3: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 2)  
Part 4: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 3)  
Part 5: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 4)  
Part 6: 8th Note Rest Workout (Random)

Jazz Scales and Arpeggios
Elements of Improvisation: Natural & Harmonic Minor Scale
Elements of Improvisation: C Major Scale Workout
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play the Dorian Mode (Bebop Version)
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play the Dorian Mode (Modal Version)
Elements of Improvisation: Minor 7th in Jazz – Scales and Arpeggios 
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play The Mixolydian Mode
Elements of Improvisation: Dominant 7th Arpeggios in Jazz

Jazz Hanon
Jazz Hanon No. 4
Jazz Hanon No. 5
Jazz Hanon No. 6 
Jazz Hanon No. 7
Jazz Hanon No. 8
I can’t reach the 10th, what to do?
How to make the best out of Jazz Hanon

Blues Hanon
Blues Hanon
How to get the best out of Blues Hanon
Basic Blues


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 5. 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.