Simplified Foundations Practice Guide
We have 2 practice planners for our jazz piano foundations course.
This is the simplified practice guide which focuses on the most important theory needed to progress. These theory areas are:
- Learning the 12 major scales numerically (1-2-3-4-5-6-7)
- Forming a basic understanding diatonic 7th chords in major keys
- Using this information to construct and recognise the 12 major 251s
The objective of this simplified practice planner is to equip you with the essential knowledge needed to progress onto the subsequent courses on Chord Extensions, Rootless Voicings, & Altered Harmony.
Advanced Foundations Practice Guide
The second practice planner in this course is more advanced and the exercises and drill variations covered in that planner can be studied over many months or even many years.
A Key Based Approach To Practice
In this practice routine we will go through all of the drills in the same key, and then move onto the next key. You will find a PDF practice planner in the downloads section of the page which outlines the 6 drills and also contains a circle of fifths diagram showing the major keys and their corresponding key signatures.
The 6 Essential Drills
- Drill 1 – Play the major scale over 2 octaves
- Drill 2 – Flatten the 3rd & 7th to play the Dorian mode over 2 octaves
- Drill 3 – Play the major triad inversions over 2 octaves
- Drill 4 – Play the minor triad inversions over 2 octaves
- Drill 5 – Play the diatonic 7th chords of major scale (M/m/m/M/D/m/m7b5)
- Drill 6 – Play the 3-note 251 progression in type A and type B
Foundations Practice Guide (simplified) File Type: pdf
Major Scale Fingerings PDF File Type: pdf
Major Scale Diatonic 7th Chords File Type: pdf
3-Note 251 Progressions PDF File Type: pdf
Whole Step 3-Note 251s – Type A File Type: pdf
Start in C Major and move counter clockwise around the circle.
Each time you complete the 6 drills for a specific key, add a tally mark next to that key on the circle.
This helps us to keep track of our progress and ensure that we building a strong and even foundations by practicing all keys equally.