#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.


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(Hayden Hill) #2

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

(Niall) #3

Hayden , could you advise please ,am getting confused as to the correct order of the PRINT OFF ‘PRACTICE SCHEDULE’ sheets

Firstly: On the ‘Rootless Voicings Course’ the print off schedule has 6 ‘Drill’ boxes. Only the top box mentions ‘Stride’ Rootless Voicings Practice Planner.pdf (1.9 MB)

…Is that the only part of the schedule we practice as Stride ,then continue the other excercises NOT in Stride format , or, is it all STRIDE?


I have pianogroove homepage opened. I’ve selected ’ Jazz Piano Foundations’ left hand tab. (3 tabs up on screen)…

Is it best for beginners to the website to just go left to right & not delve into lessons like ‘Rootless voicings Stride Drill’

i.e go in this order:

2)Extended Chords & and Voicings
3)*Mastering Left Hand Voicings

Is that the correct way to approach learning here ? (systematic/HEADINGS & CHAPTERS always in order)) ?

(Hayden Hill) #4

Hi Niall,

Great questions here.

Firstly, I still need to record exercises 3 - 6 in this practice plan. I arrived at the 3rd exercise and realised we had already covered it in a similar format in the course here:

I will prioritise completing the plan and aim to get the other 3 drills finished in the next week.

For now just work through the 2 stride exercises, and perhaps the iRealPro app exercise above.

Rootless Voicings do take a while to master by the way Niall, so you could also move onto the course on Altered Harmony which will be Practice Plan #4:

Remember that you can work on multiple courses in tandem.

Just exercises 1 & 2 are Stride Style in this practice plan.

The rest are rootless 251 drills where we play the whole voicing in our left hand, and I’m devising some right hand melodic exercises to play simultaneously.

They will be completed shortly - I will notify you as soon as they are ready.

Yes that is the order they have been created and the order that they should be followed.

You will see that in the practice plan section of the forum, they are labelled 1, 2, and 3.

The next is: #4 - Altered Harmony & Upper Structure Triads. which is an intermediate course.

You can certainly work on 2 courses at the same time.

Perhaps alternate the Foundations Plan, and also the Extended Chords Plan each day of practice.

Also remember to study the actual theory lessons in the course too.

Any further questions just let us know.