Peter's Practice Log

:canada:  Friday, September 16, 2022   :clock3:  3 pomodoro cycles

Foundations
  1. Minors: Random Scale Machine ⇒ B, A♯, F, G♯, C, F♯
    • Natural & melodic, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
    • Diatonic Triad Inversions, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
  2. Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7th Chords (HS) ⇒ A♭, D

Courses/Lessons

Repertoire

  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete
  • Peterson , Minuet No.1, mm. 1-6
  • “When Sunny Gets Blue,” mm. 1-4

Transcriptions

  • “When Sunny Gets Blue," mm. 1-4
    ⟶ from “When Sunny Gets Blue” For Beginners lesson

Music

  • Red Garland, Strike Up The Band (1980) ★★★★
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:canada:  Saturday, September 17, 2022   :clock2:  2 pomodoro cycle

Foundations
  1. Majors: random sequence ⇒ A♭, A, G♭
    • Ionian, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
    • Dorian & Phrygian, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Pentatonic, 2 octaves ascending (RH)
    • Diatonic Triad Inversions, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7th Chords (HS)

Courses/Lessons

  • Beginner Jazz Arrangements : “When Sunny Gets Blue” For Beginners
    ⟶ (to time index 13.58)

Repertoire

  • “When Sunny Gets Blue,” mm. 1-4
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete

Transcriptions

  • “When Sunny Gets Blue," mm. 5-8
    ⟶ from “When Sunny Gets Blue” For Beginners lesson

Music

  • Red Garland, The Nearness of You (1962) ★★★
  • Red Garland, Red Garland’s Piano (1957) ★★★★

:canada:  Sunday, September 18, 2022   :clock5:  5 pomodoro cycles

Foundations
  1. Majors: random sequence ⇒ A, G♭, D♭, B, E, B♭
    • Ionian, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
    • Ionian, 1 octave, ascending, in thirds (HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian & Lydian modes, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Pentatonic, 2 octaves ascending (RH)
    • Diatonic Triad Inversions, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7th Chords (RH)
    • Triplets per scale degree, 1 octave, ascending (RH)

Courses/Lessons

  • Jazzy Christmas Lessons : “Home for Christmas” For Beginners
    ⟶ (to time index 4.35)

Repertoire

  • “When Sunny Gets Blue,” mm. 1-6
    Use sostenuto pedal for Fmaj7 chord in m. 3
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete
    Focus on last A section

Transcriptions

  • “I’ll Be Home for Christmas," mm. 1-5
    ⟶ from “Home for Christmas” For Beginners lesson

Music

  • Diana Krall, “Almost Like Being in Love” ★★★★
  • Peter Cincotti, “Are You The One” ★★★★
  • Gene Harris, “This Masquerade” ★★★★★
  • Gene Harris, Ballad Essentials (2003) ★★★

:canada:  Monday, September 19, 2022   :clock4:  4 pomodoro cycles

Foundations
  1. Minors: Random sequence ⇒ D, E, D♯, A♯, G♯, G, A
    • Natural & melodic, 1 & 2 octaves ascending (HS, HT)
    • Diatonic Triad Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Ascending 7th Chords (HS)
  2. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Warm-up exercises: C, D, E, F, G, A Majors (much like Schmidt exercises)
    • Diatonic Triad Inversions, broken & solid, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      — D Major & B minor: broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm
    • Tonic arpeggios (HS): D & A Majors @ 72-bpm

Repertoire

  • “When Sunny Gets Blue,” mm. 1-6; repeat, repeat, repeat…
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete
  • “Tune Up” w/ 809 Easy Swing 1 accompaniment style, voice-leading LH chords
    Purpose is to become familiar with LH 7ᵀᴴ chords
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major,” mm. 1-16, RH

Music

  • Veronica Swift, “Prisoner of Love” ★★★★
  • Kenny Baron Trio, “Magic Dance” ★★★
  • Jazz Club Trio, “Autumn Leaves” ★★★★★

:canada:  Tuesday, September 20, 2022   :clock3:  3 pomodoro cycles

Foundations
  1. Royal Conservatory of Music:
    • Level 3 warm-up exercise
    • Level 4 warm-up exercise: C, D, E, F, G, A Majors
  2. Majors: random sequence ⇒ G, D, E♭, A, E, G♭
    • Ionian mode, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
    • Ionian mode, 1 octave, ascending, in thirds (HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian & Lydian modes, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Pentatonic, 2 octaves ascending (RH)
    • Diatonic Triad Inversions, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Ascending 7ᵀᴴ Chords (HS)
  3. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Diatonic Triad Inversions, broken & solid, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      — D, E♭, A Majors: broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm

Repertoire

  • “When Sunny Gets Blue,” mm. 1-7
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major,”
      — mm. 1-32, RH; mm. 1-4, HT
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete

Music

  • Teddy Wilson, For Quiet Lovers (2005)

:canada:  Wednesday, September 21, 2022   :clock4:  4 pomodoro cycle

Foundations
  1. Royal Conservatory of Music:
    • Level 3 warm-up exercise
    • Level 4 warm-up exercise: C, D, E, F, G, A Majors
  2. Majors: random sequence ⇒ B, G♭, B♭, A, F, C, E
    • Ionian, 1 octave, ascending, in thirds (HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian & Lydian, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Major pentatonic, 2 octaves ascending (RH)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
      need more work on B Major
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7ᵀᴴ Chords (HS)
  3. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      — D, A, B♭ Majors + C minor: broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm
      need more work on B♭ Major

Courses/Lessons

  • REVIEW: Beginner Jazz Arrangements : “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
    — (from time index 10:52 to end)
  • Hayden’s 5-Minute Masterclasses: “Question & Answer” Solo Piano Technique

Transcriptions

  • “Days of Wine and Roses,” (for beginners); last eight bars

Repertoire

  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
    focus on mm. 1-24
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-32, RH; mm. 1-4, HT
  • “Tune Up” w/ 809 Easy Swing 1 accompaniment style, voice-leading LH chords

:canada:  Thursday, September 22, 2022   :clock3:  3 pomodoro cycles

Foundations
  1. Royal Conservatory of Music:
    • Level 3 warm-up exercise (HT)
    • Level 4 warm-up exercise (HS)
      ⇒ C, D, E, F, G, A, B Majors; C, D, E, F, G, A, B minors
  2. Minors: Random sequence ⇒ D♯, A, C, F♯, G, A♯
    • Natural & melodic, 1 & 2 octaves ascending (HS, HT)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
  3. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      ⇒ A, Bm, E♭, Cm, Gm, B♭, D; broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm

Repertoire

  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
    focus on mm. 1-24
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-4, HT @ 63-bpm (on quarter note, 2/4 time)
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete
  • “Tune Up” w/ various accompaniment styles, voice-leading LH chords
Reading/Theory/Study

Analysis of Miles Davis’s “Tune Up”

“Tune Up” is based on ii-V-I progressions descending in whole steps, via the major I becoming the minor ii of the next key.
- ❘ Em7  ❘ A7 ❘ Dmaj7  ❘ Dmaj7  ❘ ⟶ Key of D Major, descending a whole step to…
-   ii    V    I
- ❘ Dm7 ❘ G7 ❘ Cmaj7  ❘ Cmaj7 ❘ ⟶ Key of C Major, descending a whole step to…
-   ii    V    I
- ❘ Cm7 ❘ F7  ❘ B♭maj7 ❘ G7        ❘ ⟶ Key of B♭ Major
-   ii    V    I

:canada:  Friday, September 23, 2022   :clock3:  3 pomodoro cycles

Foundations
  1. Royal Conservatory of Music:
    • Level 3 warm-up exercise
    • Level 4 warm-up exercise: C, D, E, F, G, A Majors
  2. Majors: random sequence ⇒ C, E, E♭, A
    • Ionian, 1 octave, ascending, in thirds (HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian & Lydian, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Major pentatonic, 2 octaves ascending (RH)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7ᵀᴴ Chords (HS)
    • Type A & B ii-V-I Progressions (LH on root, RH guide tones)
  3. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      ⇒ E♭, A, Bm, B♭, Gm, D, Cm; broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm

Courses/Lessons

  • Hayden’s 5-Minute Masterclasses: How To Play Sus Chords
  • Hayden’s 5-Minute Masterclasses: What Are Upper Structure Triads?
    ⟶ (to time index 7:40)
Repertoire
  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
    repetition of mm. 1-24, focus on mm. 26-28
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-4, HT @ 63-bpm (on quarter note, 2/4 time)
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete

:canada:  Saturday, September 24, 2022   :clock1:  1 pomodoro cycle

FOUNDATIONS

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music:
    • Level 3 warm-up exercise @ 66-bpm on triplets
    • Level 4 warm-up exercise:
      ⇒ C, D, E, F, G, A, B Majors; C, D, E, F, G, A, B minors
  2. Majors: random sequence ⇒ A♭, F, B, G, C, E
    • Ionian, 1 & 2 octaves, ascending (HS, HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian & Mixolydian, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Major pentatonic, 2 octaves ascending (RH)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7ᵀᴴ Chords (HS)
    • Type A & B ii-V-I Progressions (LH on root, RH guide tones)
  3. Scales, formula pattern ⇒ C, G, F, D, Cm(harmonic), E
  4. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      Bm, A, D, B♭, Gm; broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm
      need more work on B♭
  5. Minors: Random sequence ⇒ E, G♯, A
    • Natural & melodic, 1 & 2 octaves ascending (HS, HT)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7ᵀᴴ Chords (HS)
  6. Be bop Lick No.1 (in B♭ Major)
    Be_bop_Lick_01

REPERTOIRE

  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
    repetition of mm. 1-24, focus on mm. 25-32
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-4, HT @ 63-bpm (on quarter note, 2/4 time)

READING / THEORY / STUDY

To modulate from Ionian mode (Major) to…

  • Dorian Mode ⟶ ♭3, ♭7
  • Phrigian Mode ⟶ ♭2, ♭3, ♭6, ♭7
  • Lydian Mode ⟶ ♯4
  • Mixolydian Mode ⟶ ♭7
  • Aeolian Mode (minor) ⟶ ♭3, ♭6, ♭7
  • Locrian Mode ⟶ ♭2, ♭3, ♭5, ♭6, ♭7
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:canada:  Sunday, September 25, 2022   :clock3:  3 pomodoro cycle

FOUNDATIONS

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music:
    • Level 3 warm-up exercise
    • Level 4 warm-up exercise:
      ⇒ C, D, E, F, G, A, B Majors; C, D, E, F, G, A, B minors
  2. Scales, contrary motion, 2 octaves ⇒ C, G, F, D, B♭
  3. Minors: Random sequence ⇒ C, D♯, C♯, G, E
    • Natural & melodic, 1 & 2 octaves ascending (HS, HT)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7ᵀᴴ Chords (HS)
  4. Majors: random sequence ⇒ B, E♭
    • Ionian, 1 & 2 octaves, ascending (HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian & Mixolydian, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Major pentatonic, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7ᵀᴴ Chords (HS)
    • Type A & B ii-V-I Progressions (LH on root, RH guide tones)

REPERTOIRE

  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
    repetition of mm. 1-24, focus on mm. 25-32
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners; complete
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-4, HT @ 63-bpm (on quarter note, 2/4 time)

:canada:  Monday, September 26, 2022   :clock5:  5 pomodoro cycles

FOUNDATIONS

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music:
    • Level 3 warm-up exercise ⇒ F Major
    • Level 4 warm-up exercise:
      ⇒ C, D, E, F, G, A, B Majors; C, D, E, F, G, A, B minors
  2. Majors: random sequence ⇒ G♭, B, D, B♭, F
    • Ionian, 1 octave, ascending, in thirds (HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian & Mixolydian, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Major pentatonic, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7ᵀᴴ Chords (HS)
    • Type A & B ii-V-I Progressions (LH on root, RH guide tones)
  3. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      E♭, A, Bm; broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm
      avoid tension in the hands; working at increasing tempo from 52- to 64-bpm
      by increments of 4-bpm every 14 bars
  4. Scales, contrary motion, 2 octaves ⇒ C, G, F, D, B♭
  5. Major 9ᵀᴴ Chord Drills ⇒ circle of fourths
  6. Ear Training ⇒ Perfect 8ᵀᴴ, minor 3ᴿᴰ, Major 3ᴿᴰ (15-minutes)
    Using Complete Ear Trainer app for Android

COURSES / LESSONS

  • Extended Chords & Voicings: Jazz Piano Chord Extensions 9, 11 & 13
  • Extended Chords & Voicings: Major & Minor 9th Chord Drills
    ⟶ (to time index 8:04)

REPERTOIRE

  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-16, HT @ 63-bpm (on quarter note, 2/4 time)
    • Kabalevsky, Op.39, No.17, “Folk Dance”
      – mm. 1-8, LH only, fingering

MUSIC

  • Bill Evans, “Blue in Green,” from Portrait in Jazz (1960)
  • Bill Evans, You Must Believe In Spring (1981)

:canada:  Tuesday, September 27, 2022   :clock4:  4 pomodoro cycles

FOUNDATIONS

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music warm-up exercises:
    • Level 3 ⇒ G Major
    • Level 4 ⇒ C, D, E, F, G, A, B Majors; C, D, E, F, G, A, B minors
  2. Minors: Random sequence ⇒ A♯, A, F♯, E, B, F
    • Natural & melodic, 1 & 2 octaves ascending (HS, HT)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified Chromatic Ascending 7ᵗʰ Chords (HS)
  3. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      E♭, A, Bm, D, B♭; broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm
  4. Major 9ᵗʰ chord drills ⇒ C, F, B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭

COURSES / LESSONS

REPERTOIRE

  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
    trying to keep to strict 88-bpm tempo
  • “The Nearness of You” for Beginners
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-16, HT @ 63-bpm (on quarter note, 2/4 time)
      purpose of this piece is to build technique with staccato 6 ᵗʰˢ and 3 ʳᵈˢ
  • “Just Struttin’ Along,” mm. 1-8
    – from Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 1 (1993), Martha Mier

:canada:  Wednesday, September 28, 2022   :clock3:  3 pomodoro cycle

FOUNDATIONS

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music warm-up exercises:
    • Level 3 ⇒ F Major (HT)
    • Level 4 ⇒ C, D, E, F, G, A, B Majors; C, D, E, F, G, A, B minors (HS)
  2. Majors: random sequence ⇒ A, E♭, E, B, A♭
    • Ionian, 1 octave, ascending, in thirds (HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian & Mixolydian, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Major pentatonic, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified chromatic ascending 7ᵗʰ chords (HS)
    • Type A & B ii-V-I progressions (LH on root, RH guide tones)

REPERTOIRE

  • “Just Struttin’ Along,” mm. 1-8
  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
    focus rhythm on beat 1 of each bar
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-16, HT @ 63-bpm (on quarter note, 2/4 time)

MUSIC

  • Sonos Radio: Cocktail Hour
    need to find music for “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You”

:canada:  Thursday, September 29, 2022   :clock3:  3 pomodoro cycles

FOUNDATIONS

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music warm-up exercises:
    • Level 3 ⇒ C Major (HT)
    • Level 4 ⇒ C, D, E, F, G, A, B Majors; C, D, E, F, G, A, B minors (HS)
  2. Minors: Random sequence ⇒ A♯, C, D♯, F
    • Natural & melodic, 1 & 2 octaves ascending (HS, HT)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified chromatic ascending 7ᵗʰ chords (HS)
    • Minor 9ᵗʰ, stacked 3ʳᵈˢ and closed position
  3. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 & 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      B♭: broken & solid @ 52-bpm

TRANSCRIPTIONS

  • “You’re Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," lead sheet

REPERTOIRE

  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
  • “Just Struttin’ Along,” mm. 1-16

:canada:  Friday, September 30, 2022   :clock2:  2 pomodoro cycles

FOUNDATIONS

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music warm-up exercises:
    • Level 3 ⇒ C Major (HT)
    • Level 4 ⇒ C, D, E, F, G, A, B Majors; C, D, E, F, G, A, B minors (HS)
  2. Majors: random sequence ⇒ E, C, A, A♭, G
    • Ionian, 1 octave, ascending, in thirds (HT)
    • Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian & Mixolydian, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Major pentatonic, 1 octave ascending (RH)
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 octave ascending (HS, HT)
    • Simplified chromatic ascending 7ᵗʰ chords (HS)
    • Type A & B ii-V-I progressions (LH on root, RH guide tones)
    • Major 9ᵗʰ, stacked 3ʳᵈˢ and closed position
  3. Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4:
    • Tonic Triads & Inversions, broken & solid, 1 & 2 octaves ascending (HT)
      Bm, Cm, D: broken @ 52-bpm, solid @ 60-bpm

REPERTOIRE

  • “Days Of Wine & Roses” For Beginners
  • “Just Struttin’ Along,” complete (mm. 1-24)
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Level 4: Études
    • Duvernoy, Op.176, No.24, “Étude in C Major”
      — mm. 1-16, HT @ 63-bpm (on quarter note, 2/4 time)
  • “Don’t Wanna’ Leave You Blues,” mm. 1-10
    – from Jazz, Rags & Blues , Book 1 (1993), Martha Mier

OCTOBER 2022 Objectives

FOUNDATIONS

  • Begin daily exercise of sequence of 2-octave scales, randomly chosen from the 24 major & minor keys. Objective is to increase familiarity with all scales and to achieve 104-bpm on quarter note (scale is notated in eighth notes).

  • Continue to work on ascending 2-octave, broken & solid tonic triads & inversions, especially in minor keys. Objective:
    • for broken triads: achieve 60-bpm on quarter note in all keys
      (notation is in eighth note triplets).
    • for solid triads: achieve 120-bpm on quarter note.


  • Continue to become familiar with 7ᵗʰ chords using daily practice concurrent with scales.

REPERTOIRE