It is hard to believe that today is my three-year anniversary with PianoGroove. It has been and will continue to be something that has given me tremendous joy!
This time last year, I mentioned that I had memorized 39 standards. I got up to 45 this year but took a break for a few short weeks. Once I started back, I decided to concentrate on a smaller number and am currently working on 25. They are well under my hand, so my focus is to see what else I can do with some of them. I am learning so much from the live seminars. Additionally, I just started listening to recordings for the purpose of transcribing small sections that I find interesting. I continue daily practice on rootless voicings and progressions. Lastly, I am picking up a fake book two or three times a week and flipping to a page to see how well I can readily play it using the chord symbol and melody as you might do for a sing along.
I do not regret memorizing so many standards during my first two years. Learning many standards in different keys really provided me with a solid foundation. Therefore, I am comfortable with chord progressions and chord shapes. The hardest thing was choosing which standards to concentrate on! I am sure I will want to add more as time passes, but for now I am enjoying playing around with these great standards, most of which Hayden so beautifully arranged.
This is such a warm supporting forum. I appreciate all my fellow “Groovers”. I sincerely hope you are enjoying your journey as much as I am mine! So much to learn and skills to hone….