hello everyone and thank you for all the help you provide jazz lovers, piano lovers or just passionates of music in general like myself.

here's my question:
i've been classicaly trained since i was 4. never really give it much importance to  doing things by chords and so on, but i was always able to play by ear and knew why combinations of notes (chords) went well with whatever melody i was improvising with my right hand. recently since late of last year i've commited myself to learn the chords to give my playing more colour with 7th, 9th and chords like so. now, it gives me the impression that i am reversing my way of improvising as i am now improvising over chords, whereas before i was adding the chords to what i was imrovising.
second, and here's what i initially intended to ask, is that in order to learn chords more naturally and be able to play them right away as i improvise, what is a good exercise? you see, i am not a sitting and memorizing things as they are, i am more on the practical side, so this is what i do on a almost daily basis,

play all major scales followed by its corresponding chord
play such chords on root position all over the keyboard
then on 1st inversion, then on 2nd.
then arpeggiated
play a chromatic diatonic scale (root position, then 1st inv, then 2nd inv)
play diatonic chord scales (lately on in root position)

is this a good way to get those chord in my head, ear, and well, fingers. do you have any other ideas?
thank you very much (sorry this post was rather long)

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