Summer workshops all day last week. In Brum. I suck. Yes, I do. I’d come home and want to sleep, but had planning and preparation to do. When I’m near my keyboard nothing will stop me. Sing it!
Day 1: Practiced for two hours
Day 2: Practiced for an hour
Day 3: Back in Birmingham, no practice
Day 4: Nada
Day 5: Nada
Day 6: Nada
Day 7: Nada
Hmmm think I failed there. I did read up on stuff but… few ebonies and ivories were tinkled last week! On the plus side, whenever I am home I practice. I asked a local Birmingham church whether I could practice there, thanks to Clare Edwards, but the times available clashed. Gonna do more Brum based piano hunting.
I started on Sunday learning 2-5-1 chord progressions, just about got the right hand down, left hand is easier, I revised my knowledge of modes. I then worked out how to transpose them into different tonal centres. I am learning a standard called “Here’s that Rainy Day” by Jimmy Van Heusen, it has lots of 2-5-1 chords in it:
I’ve worked out the chords, can play the melody alongside them, it just needs polishing. I tried improvising over the chord progression, but realised I didn’t know what I wanted to say, musically that is, also what style am I to play the scales? So many questions. I stopped asking questions and kept on playing.
Day 2: Monday, woke up and practiced, I tried to transcribe some of Alice Coltrane’s Jaja Jaja Rama, read up on scale theory in my jazz book, played through the scales and modes and had enough time to go through the Van Hausen tune again.
Day 3: Not so good,back in Brum town, had back to back workshops, 9-4, then from 6:30 – 9:30 practitioner ensemble, so was playing music, mainly improvised music with fellow workshoppers, but not on piano, instead on the fantastic Güiro and tambourine…. I would have rather done my challenge in the time but… By the time I got home and ate dinner, I was asleep. I reckon I’ve done more than an hour for days 1 and 2, so kind of excuses day 3.
Day 4: Today, I am in hunt of keys. Will find a way!
So far the experience has been fun, the self-discipline part is hardest, so many distractions, humans, chocolate, sunshine, who wants to be locked indoors practicing when the sun is out?