#3 - Rootless Voicings Practice Planner

(Hayden Hill) #1

Practice Plan For Rootless Voicings Course

Our rootless voicings course is a core part of our jazz piano syllabus here at PianoGroove.

Most of these lessons were inspired by my own influences, mainly Bill Evans, and his unique use of the rootless voicings with tensions and colours. The feedback I receive from students on these lessons has been great and so I’m excited for launching this practice plan series.

Rootless Voicings Take Time To Learn!

I know first hand how much work is involved in learning these voicings. It’s a journey that we take over many years. The exercises I have included in this plan are ones that I revisit frequently and I’m sure they will be a great asset for all who want to improve their understanding of jazz harmony.

I’m half way through editing this series of 6 lessons, and I thought it would be nice to post the first one here, along with the practice plan PDF download. I will update this post as more are uploaded.

Here’s the first lesson in the series:

The second one to come shortly on the stride 251 drill.

For me, this is one of my favourite ways to use rootless voicings, I play the bass note way down in the lower registers, and then I come up with my left hand to play the upper extensions and alterations. Such a great way to add colour and texture to the chords I’m playing during ballad performance.

Here’s the Practice Plan Download:

Rootless Voicings Practice Planner.pdf (1.9 MB)

I’ve realised there is some overlap with the current lesson on “Practicing Rootless Voicings” in the course. I may even add this lesson into the practice plan because it gives a nice demo with the iRealPro App.

A New Improvisation Focus

You will notice that the final 3 slots have an right hand improvisation/soloing focus which will be a nice addition to the contents of this course.

More updates to follow.


(Hayden Hill) #2

Video 2 where we combine the voicings into the major 251: