Last week I made my vlogging debut with the beginning of my jazz piano journey. After two weeks of tracking my progress through video, I have learned a few things. First, I need to adjust how and what I record to make the vlog more interesting. In particular, I want to make sure I include some of the “work-in-progress” videos instead of focusing on getting a perfect “take”. I really love what my classmate Amanda is doing to make her vlogs enjoyable to watch. Second, I purchased a phone tripod to make the filming a little more professional and maybe eliminate bad angles. Luckily a few of my classmates had a similar idea, so I found some good tripod recommendations on Twitter.
Here is my week 2 recap:
What I worked on:
- Practiced the 2-5-1 (ii-V-I) progression in all 12 major keys (and added in a drum backing track to make it interesting).
- Reviewed the C Blues scale (in the RH) and tried playing it with a Blues shuffle pattern in the LH.
- Still no sheet music! Focused on playing by ear.
- Being able to play the C Blues scale easily from muscle memory. I must have learned the scale at some point over the years and I remembered exactly what to do.
- Squeezed in lots of short practice sessions (5 minutes or so), which is about all I can manage with an almost one-year-old roaming around.
- I had a lot of difficulty with the Blues shuffle pattern in the LH. I need to spend some slow practice time on this skill.
- Difficulty choosing which resource to use next. There are so many on YouTube, so it’s a challenge sorting through the videos. My classmate Daina is exploring Udemy.com, so I might look into that as an option.
Week 2 is complete! This week I plan to continue working on the 2-5-1 progression (and see if there are any other useful videos for practice), playing the C Blues scale in the RH and Blues shuffle pattern in the LH and maybe start looking at jazz lead (fake) sheets.