i thought i'd share. i just posted the first part of the first exercise :) from scot's book.

the second part will involve learning the 2nd inversion.  

take a look, it's really not that exciting but i'm still happy to receive comments if you have any.

for info, i've played this for the last month or so, about 15 mins a day. i've learned a lot from it.  

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i don't know the book but i thought that it might be a good idea to vary the exercise so that you start from a different degree of the scale every time you switch key.  
example : start on the 7 for c root for c# 2 for d 3 for d# etc. then go back and start the excercise from root,second,third etc. so you can start all the scales from every degree.also you may try different scales than the diatonic ones and different comping voicings like fourth chords.
nihonjin
this is why people think jazz is a big yawn.  however, it is from these exercises that more ambition playing can develop.
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nihonjin,  

i'd be curious to hear scot's reply since it's really his exercise. however, i think the power of this exercise lies in it's simplicity. as boring as it looks, it actually requires effort and concentration for me to complete.  
it's something to build upon, but i've purposely refused to move onto step 2 until i thought i had master step 1 (which i had define as being able to play at about that speed). i've skipped steps too often already.  
i think you have a point tho. one thing i do regularly is play that same track and just improvise using scales and patterns. it's not only more fun, but you get to practice licks, devices and such. if i practice scales specifically, i'll do something closer to what you said.  

playing straight scales has been a powerful way for me to internalize things in the left hand.

there are several place to go from here. part 2 or exercise 1 is learning the inversion of these voicings. i suspect it will take a lot less time.

the next step involves more sophisticated voicings and turnaround. things that will apply directly to tunes.  

i'll keep posting here and on youtube as i complete exercises. be warned!
thanks for posting the video - good luck with the new exercises. it'll be well worth the effort.
knotty, looks good to me.  i'd probably bump up the speed a little bit, maybe twice so you're doing 16 note feel, but i'd like to say something about sticking with the one exercise.  

your focus is commendable, no question about, but a scale exercise like this isn't necessarily meant to be something that is mastered before moving on.  i still practice the 2-5-1 scales whenever i sit down, just in different ways, different chords, rhythms, or scales.  you obviously have this one down, so it's time to move on and start working out the more complicated stride scale exercise.

at the same time you're doing that, move into some of the more etude style tunes in the book so you can plant those seeds in your playing.  

this first book contains some boring stuff, maybe four boring exercises that personally feel are very useful if not important, however, they aren't musical and won't exactly help your solo chops when it comes to tricks of the trade.

so, get into the sustain exercises and tunes while you're working on the stride stuff and you'll benefit even more.

i would also recommend starting to work on the "funky fingers" exercise at the end of the book.  go slowly through that one- get one key down before moving on to the next.

with the kind of focus you're obviously putting into your practice time, well, you can't go wrong.  keep this focus for as long as you can because as you get older and real life starts kicking in, you're not going to have as much time to focus on this stuff.

nice job!
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oh trust me, real life has kicked in !!
i got 2 young kids, an unreliable day care, a full-time job, and a wife working long hours.  
but it's not about how busy you are, it's about making excuses. i'm too busy, i'm too old, my fingers are too short, whatever. i'm done making excuses.  

thanks for the great feedback. un-arguably the most difficult part of learning -- for me -- is knowing what to do. zeroing in on weaknesses and such. sometimes i wish i had someone next to me 24/7,  to tell me, now do this, now do that... it's very easy to get distracted.

take care.
oops!  for some reason i assumed you were a youngster :)  there are so many people here that i get mixed up sometimes about who is doing what in their lives.  regardless, with your very full life, it's nice to see that you can make time to work on stuff like this!
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to jmkarms those people who think jazz is a big yawn do not know what the hell they are talking about.what music do they listen to that is better? classical music notwithstanding
charlp88 - you are taking that statement out of context, read it again and think about it.
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dear scot and jmkarms i read it again, but ,why do people think jazz is a yawn? who are they?
a question about this excercise... when you practice it you keep (suppouse to keep) your eyes on your left or right hand ?. is really hard to hit the right notes on your left if you're not looking at it, but i guess it's necesary if you want to play more complex melodies that just scales.

i'm not planing to play full stride piano on a piece but i want to practice this to asimilate better the keys and to be able to add single tones on the left hand instead of just structured memorized chords. any advice on this ?

thx!
try practicing not looking at your hands. if you think you need to look, then you will need to look. i personally find that i play more musically and get better ideas when i don't look - but i have to admit, sometimes it feels more natural to take a peek:)
i am practicing not looking.
there is a really good book that can help you with that.
"super sight reading secrets" by howard richman

it's helping me a lot
thanks ! i'll try to do that and check out the book  :)
hey that's my piano! i have the exact same one =)

sounds good man. why don't you try improvising over it?
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