hi...i work fulltime. although i don't particularly love my job, i do have the opportunity to listen to music pretty much all day. i have a great collection of jazz and all the aebersolds on mp3 as well. does anybody have any ideas for excercises, practicing away from the piano that i can do at work...things to listen for etc? the listening in itself i'm sure is beneficial, but i want to try and engage more with what im listening to.
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i'm sure the guys on here will agree that immersing yourself in the type of music you want to learn is great learning in itself.  
one idea is to improve your relative pitch by trying to recognise the intervals in the melodies or solos. also trying to pick out the relationships between the chords - ii/v/i's etc.
making up solos in your mind over backing tracks ?
learning the words of standards may help.
learn the heads and or solos by humming,singing, mentally singing... learn them so well that by the end of the day you can play them on your instrument.
don't feel bad if it takes longer than a day to learn the heads or solos on instrument.
i'd definitely go with the aebersolds....you'd be surprised how much just listening to the tunes whose changes you want to be able to solo on will get this together for you......"making up solos in your mind over backing tracks" will become second nature if you listen for a while first then start to see what kinds of things you're hearing over them...then you could try this providing it won't get you fired........pick up one of those little handheld  mini-cassette recorders and try singing the ideas over the track..then when you get to the keyboard play it back(one of the advantages of using these is that they have a half-speed switch..usable providing you make sure the level of the batteries is producing the correct pitches keywise,i.e.at full speed c might become c# at half-speed,etc....)and figure out what you hear,turning the lines into material for practice........
also you could tape onto a mini casette the solos you're studying/intending to transcribe and listen to these at half-speed....then compare the types of ideas you have with these......
i would recite the chord changes to all the standards to yourself and visualize the chord form. i would also practice hearing phrases in my head in forward motion while i am tapping 4/4 in my left heal. i would also tap bossa/samba patterns with my two hands on my legs.
this is what i do at job.

i decrease the speed of the song a 75% using the transcribe software.

then i hear over and over the solo at the lower speed until i feel comfortable singing it.

then i hear the original song (at the original speed) an now its amazing that i can actually hear every note... and sing it

the same for learning the heads of the songs...thats the way i leaned recently spain by chick corea & electric band
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