31st January 2018 David Magyel

Jazz Practice Plan

I am here to learn jazz and everything that comes with it!

If this sounds like you, then this article is a must read before you sign up.
– As you might have read on my front page, my focus is on how to create music and express different kinds of emotions with the piano. To play jazz is an excellent tool to do that… as well as contemporary piano, or any other style.  If you are planning to sign up for a monthly membership, you must be aware of getting lessons in all type of genres. (Jazz is one of the six styles I am covering on the site.)
– If your budget on Jazz piano lessons is around 30€, then I rather recommend you to check out my Jazz Piano Bundle.
– However, if you signed up for 6 months or 1-year membership, The following practice plan will help you focus exclusively on jazz piano.


(Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 50 seconds)

There are 3 types of students when it comes to learning jazz.

  • Student 1: I want to learn things that sound ‘jazzy’.

In my translation, this means that you like the sound of jazz, but you don’t feel the necessity to go deep and understand the logic behind every note.
Well, I think you will like this practice plan. Everything in this list sounds jazzy. You are going to learn more than you need to reach your goal but look at that as a positive side effect. I mean, it is not a bad thing that you will be able to create your own walking bass lines even though you just want to follow my version 😉

  • Student 2: I want to understand jazz, I want to be a jazz pianist.

For me, a jazz pianist is equal to a well-rounded pianist. I have never met jazz pianist saying something like:
“Sorry I can’t play blues. I can only play Jazz”
“Sorry, but I don’t know how to play triads. I only play jazz chords, like rootless voicings.”
This practice plan is going to be fun for you, but not going to be enough. I recommend you to follow my well-rounded practice plan.

  • Student 3: I want to understand jazz, I want to be a jazz pianist (so please, don’t make me play anything that has nothing to do to jazz).

What ‘Student 3’ is really asking here is: Can I skip the basics and be awesome right away?
The short answer is no.
And the long answer is: nope.
(Yes, you can learn to play a rootless Bb7b9 chord right away, without knowing how to play a Bb triad in root position. I can also learn a sentence in Japanese without knowing what I am talking about. I am sure it will sound awesome, and with that one sentence, I can impress my grandma, but other than that? No, nothing will happen.)
My advice is to start with this practice plan. Try not to be bothered when things are not making sense. However, if you feel that you lose motivation because you got completely lost, try to go back to basics and see how does it feel. You might as well enjoy it.


Walking Bass


Jazz-blues Improvisation




Jazz-Blues Improvisation
(Major Pentatonic and Major Blues)


(Two-Feel Bass Lines + Stride + Walking Bass + Jazz Trio)


 Advanced 12 Bar Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of Bb


Create a beautiful sounding arrangement on the spot:

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