So since I joined (a few months ago) I’ve used this site shamelessly little, and as each payment goes I out think either I cancel or I get practicing. I’ve chosen the latter for now, and have set myself up to do the foundation practice schedule - a little each night I’m in, and see how I get through it. I’m sure it will be painfully slow to start with.
What I’d like is a little pointer for what to share my practice time with, as I can’t just do scales - too boring. I know there are the ‘standards’ studies, which is supposed to be 30mins/50% per practice. I couldn’t easily find a link to where those all are, so would be great if someone could post those.
Also, as far as the rest of the resources goes, despite your incredibly detailed first response to me Hayden, I’m embarrassed to admit I have not ventured beyond ‘drills’. This inevitably will have been one of the reasons I have not been back to the site much, as it’s almost too much to contemplate.
If I do this practice schedule, are there maybe one or two other resources to look at that would be a ‘bit more fun’. I’m wanting to learn to improvise better, and also play by ear in a band in a more interesting way. I have a good ear for chords and harmony, but my brain is just not fast enough/confident enough yet of my inversions and rootless chords to ‘detach myself’ from the bass line and venture further up the keyboard, which on Rhodes is really where the fun starts.
I played yesterday in a big band (Sax) with a keyboard player who is probably one of the best pianists in the London (he’s the MD of a major West End show) and whilst I obviously have no expectations of getting close to that standard, it was so amazing listening to that level of natural talent that I’m determined to improve my own playing.
If there was a course you could recommend for improv, and one to help me ‘voice myself’ better in a soul/funk band on rhodes, that would be enough to get started on and to keep it interesting.
thanks again, and apologies for the slight repeat request for guidance.