This PDF file is an expanded version of my Beginner’s Jazz Piano Roadmap which is a shorter 1-page document outlining key theory drills from our beginner/early-intermediate jazz theory courses. This document can be downloaded here:
The following 3 seminars expand on the contents of the PDFs above and so I wanted to post them all in one place for those interested:
If you’re a beginner jazz piano student or if you’re looking to fill in any gaps in your knowledge of beginner jazz theory, the PDFs and seminars in this thread will give you some direction on where to focus your time.
Thanks so much for these! Hayden - I just love going back to these lessons.
Both the workbook and roadmap are going to be very useful! Superb!
I’m back to practicing the songs I used to play and learn (last year) and what struck my attention the most, recently (the ones I’m getting so curious about) during practice was the ‘upper structure triads’ - It’s very interesting how they are formed or built… am loving the lessons as usual!!! Thank you!
Here are some recommendations for memorising tunes which I recently sent to a student via email…
You might like to check out this seminar on memorising tunes :
Learn Lots Of Standards
My main recommendation is to learn lots of jazz standards and look for similarities in the chords and progressions.
I recommend to check out the following 3 courses where we explore numeric harmonic analysis in the early lessons which is the most effective and efficient way to understand and memorise the harmonic structure of songs:
Quiz yourself away from the piano, and try to remember the harmonies of the tunes.
The iRealPro is a useful app for this: iRealPro Backing Tracks Setup (download this on your mobile device so that you can access chord charts). Test yourself to recite all of the changes of a tune, and check on the app if you were correct.
Play lots of standards. The more standards that we learn, the easier it is to draw similarities between them.
Create a playlist for every song that you are working on and listen to the playlists everyday or as much as possible. This is important for memorising the melody of the tunes we play.
Here’s my Spotify playlist for the tune “ Misty ” Spotify
Here is my playing “ The Nearness of You ”: Spotify
Spotify is a great tool for creating playlists like this.
hey @karenwclark - how are you? I find Hayden’s Jazz Beginner syllabus very helpful - I also love how they provide superb help on how to break down our practice and goals (short or long term)
Pianogroove’s lessons, formulas and cheat sheets help me a ton with regards to memorization…:star_struck.
you probably have been checking these lessons already hehe
I just saw - Hayden’s response/tips on memorizing tunes - I sure will check them myself you probably have now started watching those lessons too…
Keep us posted about your journey! Feel free to ask questions - we have a lovely community!