Today I mostly focus on the piano.
Later, I will practice on becoming a one man jazz trio. That will be my niche to get solo piano gigs. I’m an experienced professional drummer. So why not incorporate that into my solo piano routine?
But lately I’ve been practicing the songs I love to play. I need to force myself to play those songs that aren’t really my favorites but I know that I could grow to love. And, perhaps I’m afraid to tackle those songs because of the complexity of the harmonic structure.
But at the same time I believe one needs to continually “hone” those familiar favorite songs and use that set list as a launching pad for learning new material.
And, I must get back to studying technique and practicing scales. I’m good at practicing chord progressions… cycle of fifths, cycle of fourths, II-V-I progressions, etc.
Time to get back into REALLY studying scales until I’m blue in the face.
Improvisation. I feel I am really good at conjuring things out of the air. I need to really learn a few good piano sonatas… some Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven…
As you can see… I have a lot of work to do. It just never ends. It may seem to be always a work in progress. But at the same time. When one improvises. You are capturing a moment, given all the circumstances that surround that moment. You are taking a picture of the moment. Capturing it… and then it’s gone.
Jazz is like that in many ways.