Piano Practice Sessions

Want to learn how to play piano? Listen to the piano practice sessions of a jazz piano student! Over 40 hours of free music. Free MIDI files to download. Use these practices as a tool to learn jazz piano. I think studying and learning jazz piano is fun!!


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Contact me: I appreciate your feedback! Please let me know your experiences learning jazz piano and tell me if this page has been useful to you.  It is fun to hear from jazz piano enthusiasts around the world. You can reach me at

On another note, if you would like to use these recordings for some kind of academic or research purpose, the answer will be "yes" but please contact me first. I am interested in seeing if someone can write a computer program to analyze how I practice!

(above) Some friends at the piano

(above) My trusty Yamaha P-80 which I used for all of these recordings.


A project to record and share my piano practices on the Internet, in a musical journal format. Hopefully if you are trying to learn jazz piano this page will give you some ideas.


Playing the piano is a serious (and enjoyable!) interest of mine. I am an avid student of jazz piano with many years of classical training. I play in several bands (including a jazz trio which performs at weddings and in restaurants, a folk contradance band, and previously as accompanist for a choir). I am taking private lessons from a local professional jazz player. I should be practicing more than I am now. 

Here is my idea - I will record all (or most) of my practice sessions on my digital keyboard in MIDI format. I will then publish them on my web site.

I'm hoping that this will encourage me to practice more. Although the effect on how I practice will be interesting to observe. I will try my best to ignore the fact that I am recording the practices. I am basically giving up my artistic privacy, like a painter who publishes all his/her sketchbooks.  Through this process, I will be creating a journal of my musical exploration. However, I am also opening up all my raw composing ideas for anyone who cares to listen. If you're interested in ideas for how to practice piano, especially jazz piano practice, this page might be useful to you.

This page might be interest to someone learning to play piano, or it might not. Remember that I have been playing piano since I was five years old. I am in my mid twenties now. What I think would be really neat is if owners of Yamaha Disklavier pianos started downloading my practice files and playing them on their real acoustic pianos. However, as I will mention below, my practices are not always pleasant on the ears!


Some thank-you's are in order. I want to thank all of the wonderful teachers and musicians who have helped show me the joy of music. One of the best things they have taught me is how to learn music for myself.  I apologize if I forgot to mention someone here, because you are all special to me.

Ms. Cindy Richet - Cloverdale BC (piano teacher)
Mrs. Nancy Shelly - Delta BC (piano teacher)
Mrs. Yvette Rowledge - Surrey BC (piano teacher)
Mrs. Carol Peters - Delta BC (mom, and piano teacher)
Mr. Neil Peters - Delta BC (dad, and jazz saxophone player)
Mr. Byron Peters - Vancouver BC (talented brother, and the next big jazz drummer to hit the scene in the next 5 years!!)
The late Ms. Beverly Louie - Vancouver BC (very special person/visual artist and piano teacher). This web site is dedicated in her memory.
Ms. Jill Sparrow - Delta BC (inspiring music teacher, Seaquam Secondary School)
Mrs. Joan Hansen - Victoria BC (cousin, renowned contemporary composer and artist)
Mr. Chris Sigerson - Vancouver BC (jazz piano teacher and top-call local artist)
Mr. Zoli Filotas - Montreal, Quebec (friend, jazz drummer)
Mr. Colin Defreitas - Coquitlam BC (friend, jazz musician)
Mr. Mark White - Burnaby BC (friend, jazz musician)
Mr. Chris Denis - Burnaby BC (friend, amazing Cuban percussionist, composer, guitarist and upcoming recording engineer)
Mr. Boris Reitman - New York City, NY (friend, jazz musician)
Ms. Robyn Stuart - Richmond BC (friend, jazz vocalist)
Mr. Kevin Shan - Vancouver Saxophonist Arranger / Composer / Teacher
Ms. Krista Wallace - Vancouver Vocalist extraordinaire
Ms. Angela Nielsen - Vancouver, BC - Amazingly talented vocalist, writer and actor who you will be hearing more about soon, believe me!
Mr. Jimi Cuell - Vancouver BC - Very gifted drummer, composer, film producer and creative genius who I have the honor of working with.
Mr. Kalvin Olafson - Vancouver BC - Actor, guitarist, and upcoming celebrity who I am lucky to consider a friend.
Mr. Hemme Luttjeboer - Port Coquitlam BC (brilliant professional transcriber who works for Warner Brothers... and sometimes he sends me some of his incredible arrangements...)
Mr. Bill Aubert - Vancouver BC (friend, jazz bassist)
Dr. John Thompson - Port Coquitlam BC (choir director)
All the members of the F.A.T. Jazz ensemble.
All the members of the Sybaritic String Band.
All the past/present members of the SFU Choir.
Yamaha for creating such great acoustic and electronic pianos.
Everyone else around me, for allowing me to pursue my passion in music!

And I also want to thank everyone from around the world who gives me feedback on these recordings and this project! I appreciate it!


Perhaps if you've never studied music you don't realize the huge difference between practice and performance. If you've come to hear samples of my piano to judge what I sound like when I perform, I suggest you listen to my Jazz Trio Mp3 Demos instead. Practicing is partly about exploring new ideas, taking risks, and going off on tangents. It's also about drilling stuff into your brain and repeating things until they sound good. Another important part of practicing is technique. Technique (scales, chords, and exercises) sounds quite boring to listen to. Practicing is also about making lots of mistakes and fixing them. This process is sometimes painful and takes a long time. In performance, a goal is to play a variety of techniques to create an interesting harmonic and melodic flow. However, in practice, I often focus on a single technique for a long time, to help improve my skill at that technique. This means that the practice often becomes very boring and even unbearable to listen to. However, there are a few moments throughout each practice where I hit on something kind of neat. I guess that by listening to them later I might be able to bring back some sort of inspiration.

My current style of practicing is not very disciplined (as you will find out). I try to enjoy myself (at least a little!) during a practice, and try out new things. That's a big difference from how I used to practice when I was studying classical pieces, which involved repeating a few bars of a piece over and over until I got it perfect.

I've also provided lead sheets for some of my original compositions.

The Recordings

I've recorded the practices in Midi format. The quality of the recording will vary depending on what kind of synthesizer your computer is using. I recommend you download Winamp music player

A Note to Yamaha Disklavier and Pianodisc Piano Owners

I'm offering many hours of my jazz piano practicing to you, free, whatever that is worth anyways! All my practices are free to download and play on your piano at home. If you have a Yamaha Disklavier or Pianodisk piano, copy these files to a disk and pop it into your piano's disk drive. Or you can hook the piano up to your computer and use MIDI software such as Cakewalk to play the midi files through that.

Some older Disklavier or Pianodisc models can only play MIDI files which are of Midi Format "1". I've marked the files which are encoded with Midi Format 1 with the symbol [1] which immediately follows the filename (on most of the most recent practices at the bottom of the page).

If you are having trouble playing these files on your Disklavier or Pianodisk piano, please send me an email at and I would be more than happy to help. 

How to Play these Files without a Disklavier or Pianodisc

You can play them on any computer which has a MIDI Synthesizer. However, the quality of the playback will depend on how good your synthesizer is. The synthesizer that comes on most Windows and Macintosh computers is good enough to get the idea, but it may just sound bad because of the quality of the synthesizer. If you're using a PC, I suggest using Winamp to play the files, because it comes with its own Software Midi Synthesizer which does a pretty nice job of playing these free MIDI files to download.

Also, if you're a jazz student who is using these files to fool your parents into thinking you are practicing, I would love to hear from you (and yes, I won't give your secret away!).


Files sound best with Winamp music player.

Date Description Practice MIDI File
Feb. 25, 2004 Not really a practice - just fooling around with Chick Corea's Sea Journey. sea_journey.mid
Feb. 26, 2004 Reading and trying out Pearlie's Swine by Steve Kuhn pearlies_swine.mid
Feb. 28, 2004 Got inspired listening to a wonderful ballad rendition of Old Folks by Mulgrew Miller (on Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, LIVE AT KIMBALS, CONCORD-307-RECORDED APRIL-1985), and decided to try learning that piece. old_folks.mid
Feb. 29, 2004 Yesterday I was only reading the Old Folks song off the chord chart. Today I memorized the chords and melody for the A section. old_folks_2.mid
March 3, 2004 Just before going to bed - trying to remember a bit of Old Folks. old_folks_3.mid
March 4, 2004 More of Old Folks. This time I start out really slow and become furious for a while, finally slowing it down suddenly to finish. old_folks_4.mid
March 5, 2004 Little bit of Coltrane's Equinox, and some Have You Met Miss Jones. march_5.mid
March 10, 2004 More of Equinox, this time trying to get the rhythm sorted out and practicing along with a metronome to get myself used to playing in time.  equinox2.mid
March 18, 2004 I haven't practiced much lately but I've been playing lots (had a 5 hour gig on Saturday and a rehearsal yesterday). So this practice was just mainly focusing on getting my technique back. Also played around with Forest Flower by Charles Lloyd. forest_flower.mid
April 4, 2004 Just a mini practice - learned the first line of Donna Lee by Charlie Parker. donna_lee_practice.mid
April 6, 2004 Gosh, I'm almost hesitant to post this one because I was in such a creative mood, and started coming up with some pretty cool composing ideas near the end. Kind of classically influenced, like Faure or something. Anyways, music should be free, so I'm posting it anyways. in_your_own_sweet_way.mid
April 11, 2004 More improvising and memorizing of Donna Lee. I also did a bit of practicing today on an acoustic piano, which is not recorded here. Then I practiced a bit of Canon in D for a wedding. donna_lee_2.mid
April 14, 2004 Worked on memorizing the first page of Desafinado, then did some scales and exercises. desafinado.mid
April 15, 2004 Working on Desafinado desaf.mid
April 16, 2004 Working on Desafinado desafinado_practice_2.mid
April 17, 2004 Working on Desafinado desafinado_practice_3.mid
April 21, 2004 Working on Donna lee donna_lee_3.mid
April 24, 2004 A little Improvised MP3 track that I created, just for fun. movie-soundtrack-idea.mp3
April 28, 2004 Working on Donna lee. donna_lee_4.mid
April 30, 2004 This practice I did entirely without any chord chart. I was working on Donna Lee, playing the melody with a bass line, playing the melody with chords, and trying to improvise a solo and play a bass line at the same time. I've got a lesson tomorrow so this is what I am going to play at the lesson. donna_lee_5.mid
May 11, 2004 Haven't practiced for a while. (frown). Well actually I've practiced a bit on my parents' acoustic piano at their house. But since I have a lesson on Saturday I need to prepare something. So I thought I'd try and learn the tune All the Things you Are. all-the-things-you-are.mid
May 12, 2004 Working on the jazz standard All the Things You Are. Trying to memorize it (play the chords and melody without havign to use the chord chart). After learning Donna Lee last week, this one seems easy! all-the-things-you-are-2.mid
May 14, 2004 Still working on All the Things You Are. all-the-things-you-are-practice-3.mid
May 18, 2004 Started working a bit on Body and Soul. body-and-soul-practice1.mid
May 20, 2004 More practicing of Body and Soul. body-and-soul-practice2.mid
May 21, 2004 A bit more of Body and Soul. This time I'm slowly getting away from using the Fakebook chart. body-and-soul-practice3.mid
June 2004 Jamming on some originals and also working on Body and Soul originals-jam-body-and-soul.mid
June 2004 Body and Soul Practice 4 body-and-soul-practice4.mid
June 2004 Body and Soul Practice 5 body and soul practice 5.mid
June 2004 A creative Body and Soul practice and a new composition idea being created. creative body and soul practice and new composition.mid
June 2004 Working on a new original composition called Dark Sun (which is composed in honor of Yvette Rowledge, my former classical piano teacher). A PDF transcription of the composition is here.    dark sun practice.mid


June 2004 Practicing the tune "I Got Rhythm". i got rhythm practice.mid
June 2004 This practice was the night before our trio's performance at El Cocal. So I was practicing quite intensely being excited for the next day. practice night before gig.mid
June 2004 This is the practice I did after coming back from the Brad Meldhau concert. Some of the stuff near the beginning is quite neat, although I will have to analyze it later to see if any Brad Meldhau rubbed off on me. after-brad-mehldau-concert.mid
July 11th, 2004 Learning a new tune called Beautiful Love by Victor Young. It's recorded by Bill Evans on Best of Bill Evans. I try playing it slow like a ballad, and then as a medium swing (I work a lot on the bass line and chords near the end of the practice). beautiful-love.mid
Aug. 23, 2004 Practicing the tune "At Last". at-last.mid
Aug. 29, 2004 Another practice on "At Last". at-last-practice2.mid
Sept. 2, 2004 Still working on "At Last". at-last-practice3.mid
Sept 4, 2004 More "At Last". at-last-practice4.mid
Sept 7, 2004 Working on My Funny Valentine and some other stuff my-funny-valentine-practice-1.mid
Sept 15, 2004 Working on "In Your Own Sweet Way". in-your-own-sweet-way-practice2-straight-no-chaser1.mid
Sept. 21, 2004 Working on "Memories of Tomorrow" which is from one of Keith Jarrett's amazing solo improvised concerts. memories-of-tomorrow-practice-1.mid
Sept 29, 2004 Working on Stablemates by Benny Golson. I was inspired to work on this one having seen Jodi Prosnick perform it at the Vancouver International Jazz festival last year. I figured it was worth trying to learn something that Prosnick's band seemed to enjoy so much. stablemates-practice-1.mid
Sept. 30, 2004 More work on Stablemates. stablemates-practice-2.mid
Oct. 2, 2004 More work on Stablemates stablemates-practice-3.mid
Oct. 6, 2004 Working on a piece called "Little B Poem" or something like that. It was from my Real book. little-b-poem-practice1.mid
Oct. 8, 2004 Working on Sonny Rollins' piece "Pent up House". At this time I was really inspired to play jazz because I started thinking about moving to the Silicon Valley but decided to stay in Vancouver for now, mainly because of the music. pent-up-house-practice1.mid
Oct. 9, 2004 More work on Pent Up House. pent-up-house-practice2.mid
Oct 9, 2004 Another practice session the same day (I really felt like getting into it!). Again working on Pent Up House. pent-up-house-practice3.mid
Oct. 21, 2004 Sorry for the delay between recordings.... I was practicing on an acoustic piano for a while (a Steinway to be exact!!!!). Yes I like to brag!!!  =) i-got-rhythm-practice2.mid
Oct. 23, 2004 Working on Gershwin's "I got Rhythm". My goal is to memorize the tune and be able to play it well. i-got-rhythm-practice3.mid
Oct. 24, 2004 More "I got rhythm". i-got-rhythm-practice4.mid
Oct. 26, 2004 Again another practice on "I Got Rhythm". i-got-rhythm-practice5.mid
Nov. 1, 2004 I think I would like to learn how to sing, so I practiced singing and accompanying myself while playing the tune "imagination". Unfortunately I didn't record my singing ( well, maybe it should be fortunately because I am a very new singer!). imagination-accompanyment.mid
Nov. 11, 2004 Working on the standard Have you Met Miss Jones have-you-met-miss-jones-practice1.mid  [1]
Nov. 13, 2004 More work on Have You Met Miss Jones have-you-met-miss-jones-practice2.mid  [1]
Nov. 17, 2004 How High The Moon (practicing without the music). how-high-the-moon-sans-music.mid  [1]
Nov. 21, 2004 When You Wish Upon a Star (vocal accompaniment) I was trying to sing and play the piano at the same time, and I only recorded the piano part. when-you-wish-star-vocal-practice.mid [1]
Nov. 23, 2004 Another practice on working on When You Wish Upon a Start with vocals (but piano is only recorded). when-you-wish-star-vocal-practice2.mid [1]
Nov. 25, 2004 Working on I Got the World on A String (the jazz standard) got-the-world-on-a-string.mid [1]
Dec. 1, 2004 Working on the tune, I'll Remember April ill-remember-april.mid [1]
Dec. 5, 2004 Practicing the jazz standard, A Day in The Life of A Fool, also known as Black Orpheus. day-in-the-life-of-a-fool-practice1.mid [1]
Dec. 10, 2004 Another practice on A Day in the Life of A Fool day-in-the-life-of-a-fool-practice2.mid [1]
Dec. 11, 2004 When you Wish upon a Star practicing piano vocal accompaniment. Only the piano is recorded, not the vocals. when-you-wish-star-vocal-practice3.mid [1]
Dec. 12, 2004 Another practice on When You Wish Upon a Star, and doing a bit of technique practice as well. when-you-wish-upon-star-practice.mid [1]
Dec. 14, 2004 Another practice on When You Wish Upon a Star when-you-wish-star4.mid [1]
Dec. 16, 2004 When you wish Upon A Star again (I really like this tune, don't you know!!?) when-you-wish-star-vocal-practice4.mid [1]
Dec. 18, 2004 When you wish Upon A Star again  when-you-wish-star5.mid [1]
Dec. 20, 2004 When you Wish Upon a Star when-you-wish-star6.mid [1]
Dec. 21, 2004 When You Wish Upon a Star when-you-wish-star7.mid [1]
Dec. 21, 2004 My Funny Valentine Practice funny-valentine-practice.mid [1]
Dec. 23, 2004 Working on the jazz standard, Autumn Leaves, in the key of G minor (which is one of the most common keys to play this tune in). autumn-leaves-in-gminor-practice.mid [1]
Jan 3, 2005 From the 26 Dec 2004 to Jan 1 2005, I was hiking in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA with my family. It was a guided tour by Four Seasons Outfitters and Guides. We spent 4 days actually in the Canyon, hiking down to Phantom Ranch, where we spent 2 nights and at Indian Gardens where we spent 1 night. We also were in Las Vegas for about a day. The result was that I was not able to play the piano for about 7 days (gasp!), except for the piano at the Radisson Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ. So as soon as I got back I had to catch up and spent a lot of time getting to know the keyboard again. Much of this was done on an acoustic piano but I did some on my electric too, which is recorded here. when-you-wish-star-practice-after-grand-canyon.mid [1]
Jan 5, 2005 Working on the jazz standard, Have You Met Miss Jones have-you-met-miss-jones-practice3.mid [1]
Jan 19, 2005 Revisiting When You Wish Upon A Star. The past few weeks have been really busy as I am starting another semester studying at SFU. As well as a new part time job and lots of projects. But I am still playing the piano every day or two (mostly in rehearsals with various bands). when-you-wish-star8.mid [1]
Jan 21, 2005 Working on the Jazz Standard, I Should Care. You might find it interesting to listen to this practice and one of the first ones, to see how my playing style has changed over the past year.

i-should-care-practice-1.mid [1]

Jan 26, 2005 More work on I Should Care i-should-care-practice-2.mid [1]
Jan 28, 2005 Something I called "Practice Jam". practice-jam.mid [1]
Jan 29, 2005 Composing a piece called "Sunshine" sunshine.mid [1]
Jan 29, 2005 Working on a classical piece of music called "Wedding March" wedding-march.mid [1]
Jan 29, 2005 Working on the ever popular Canon in D by Pachabel canon-in-d.mid [1]
Jan 29, 2005 Something called 'Wedding Practice'.  wedding-practice.mid [1]
Jan 30, 2005 Wedding prelude practice wedding-prelude.mid [1]
Feb. 8 , 2005 Working on the jazz standard, I Love You (which is done so well by John Coltrane) i-love-you-practice.mid [1]
Feb. 16, 2005 Working on the jazz tunes When You Wish Upon a Star and Night and Day. wish-star-night-day-practice.mid [1]
Feb. 18, 2005 Working on It Might as Well be Spring. it-might-as-well-spring-practice1.mid [1]
Feb. 20, 2005 More work on Might as Well be Spring might-as-well-be-spring-practice.mid [1]
Feb. 21, 2005 More work on Might as Well be Spring it-might-as-well-spring-practice2.mid [1]
Feb. 22, 2005 More work on Might as Well be Spring

it-might-as-well-spring-practice3.mid [1]

Feb. 23, 2005 More work on Might as Well be Spring might-as-well-be-spring-practice3.mid [1]
March 1, 2005 Playing along with a Brad Mehldau recording of the Nearness of You (from Art of the Trio volume 1). This is a good exercise for the ears, to try to imitate what the recording is doing. brad-mehldau-nearness-of-you-play-along.mid [1]
March 1, 2005 Working on The Nearness of You nearness-of-you.mid [1]
March 10, 2005 I described this as a "Fun Improv Practice" fun-improv-practice-middle.mid [1]
March 13, 2005 Working on the jazz standard, I Love You. I finished this practice at 2:30 in the morning!! i-love-you-practice2.mid [1]
March 21, 2005 Here I was playing along with the jazz Internet radio, trying to follow along the tunes. play-along-practice1.mid [1]
March 22, 2005 More radio play along. play-along-practice2.mid [1]
March 23, 2005 More radio play along. play-along-practice3.mid [1]
March 26, 2005 Working on the jazz standard, It Could Happen to You it-could-happen-to-you-practice.mid [1]
March 27, 2005 Working more on the jazz standard, It Could Happen to You it-could-happen-to-you-practice2.mid [1]
April 5, 2005 A creative composing session (improvised) creative-composing-session-practice.mid [1]
April 6, 2005 Working on a jazz standard called House of Jade, and working on technique (scales, chords and arpeggios) house-of-jade-practice-and-technique-practice.mid [1]
April 12, 2005 Learning the tune Stella By Starlight. By the end of the practice I was able to play it without music. Note that this recording is actually about three different practice sessions done in the same day (and I also had a short practice session that day at the Tom Lee Music store in Vancouver where I enjoyed playing a perfectly tuned piano. Piano stores are great!!!) stella-by-starlight-practice.mid [1]
April 17, 2005 Working on Stella by Starlight stella-practice.mid [1]
April 19, 2005 More stella by starlight stella2-practice.mid [1]
April 20, 2005 My Funny Valentine my-funny-valentine-practice-1.mid [1]
April 23, 2005 Working on Stella and My Funny Valentine stella-and-my-funny-valentine1.mid [1]
May 2, 2005 Working on the jazz standard All of Me all-of-me-practice1.mid [1]
May 3, 2005 More of All Of Me all-of-me-practice2.mid [1]
May 4, 2005 More All of Me and a creative composing session all-of-me-practice3-and-creative-composing-session.mid [1]
May 6, 2005 More All of Me. I was in a happy mood when I was practicing this time (does it show in my playing?) all-of-me-practice4-happymood.mid [1]
May 7, 2005 Composing a song called "Inspiration" inspiration-compsosing-session.mid [1]
May 12, 2005 All of Me Practice all-of-me-practice5.mid [1]
May 13, 2005 Working on the jazz standard Bewitched bewitched-practice.mid [1]
May 22, 2005 Working on a tune called "Hello Young Lovers" hello-young-lovers-practice.mid [1]
May 30, 2005 Working more on Stella by Starlight stella3-practice.mid [1]
May 31, 2005 Working on Song For My Father and doing some classical composing for a movie. song-for-father-and-classical-composing-practice.mid [1]
June 12, 2005 Sorry for the long break. I was still playing the piano lots in various bands and performances, and was practicing on acoustic pianos which are not recorded. This practice I was working on a song called I Love You. i-love-you-practice.mid [1]
June 12, 2005 later that same day I practiced more of I Love You i-love-you-practice2.mid [1]
June 23, 2005 Practicing on Stella by Starlight and Dolphin Dance. I got inspired to practice Stella By Starlight again because I heard two different live bands performing it this week. One was a Latin band at Bukowski's on Commercial Drive and the other was a jazz combo at the Renaissance Coffee at SFU. practice-stella-by-starlight-improv-and-dolphin-dance-learning-tune.mid [1]
June 23, 2005 Working on Dolphin Dance. This time I am seriously going to try to learn it without music. I figure that if I can learn Dolphin Dance there shouldn't be many tunes which are harder to learn than this one. dolphin-dance1.mid [1]
June 24, 2005 More work on Dolphin Dance dolphin-dance2.mid [1]
June 25, 2005 More work on Dophin Dance. I have learned the form and the melody, and am now just trying to get comfortable soloing on it. I just came back from the Denzal Sinclaire Trio and Bill Charlap Trio concert at the Centre in Vancouver as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. dolphin-dance3-after-denzal-sinclaire-and-bill-charlap-concert.mid [1]
June 26, 2005 Working on an original called Blues for Boris blues-for-boris-practice.mid
June 26, 2005 Working on some more originals including Hastings Waltz practice-originals-hastings-waltz-piece-of-quiet.mid
June 28, 2005 Working on more originals including Piece of Quiet, Spacious Nest, and Soupa Lima piece-of-quiet-spacious-nest-soupa-lima-practice.mid
July 5, 2005 Working on the Jobim tune Once I Loved once-i-loved-practice.mid
July 6, 2005 More work on Once I Loved once-i-loved-practice2.mid
July 21, 2005 More work on Once I Loved. The reason for the long break in between recordings was because I attended a conference in Pittsburgh PA, on Artificial Intelligence. Although I didn't stop playing during that break... I did get to play the beautiful grand pianos at the Westin Conference Centre while I was there... and one night at around 1:00am I gave a performance for just me, and a hotel staff person who was vacuuming the conference floor. He was too polite to say anything and continued turning on and off the vacuum while I was playing ,but I figured out what key the vacuum was humming in, and improvised some music around it. It was fun. That hotel (Westin Pittsburgh) is where all the celebrities stay when they visit Pittsburgh and one night I was playing at the keyboard and some seemingly very rich lady appeared and stood staring at me and the piano for a good ten minutes, before commenting that "You are not a bad player" and walking out to her limousine. once-i-loved-practice3.mid
July 24, 2005 More work on Once I Loved once-i-loved-practice4.mid
July 25, 2005 More work on Once I Loved once-i-loved-practice5.mid
July 27, 2005 Working on the Jazz Standard Like Someone In Love. This was inspired by a person I met recently with the first name that begins with 'R'. That person doesn't know, and I think it is best that way... *grin* like-someone-in-love-for-r-practice.mid
July 28, 2005 More work on Like Someone In Love. Again 'R' was the source of inspiration. I seem to get all romantically inspired over persons who, frankly, I don't have a chance with... but that is another story. :-)  like-someone-in-love-for-r-practice2.mid
July 29, 2005 A midi file with an improvisation that is kind of interesting. savage-journey-cut.mid
July 29, 2005 The same improvisation, but with other stuff around it. savage-journey2.mid
July 31, 2005 Working on Like Someone In Love and Corcovado (Jobim) like-someone-in-love-and-corcovado-practice.mid
August 1, 2005 Working on Corcovado some more. corcovado.mid
August 4, 2005 Working on I'll Remember April i'll-remember-april-practice-g1.mid
August 4, 2005 More work on I'll Remember April i'll-remember-april-practice-g1.mid
August 5, 2005 More work on I'll Remember April. This one is for someone with the first letter 'C' (ah how fickle the emotions...=) ill-remember-april-f-c-1.mid
August 7, 2005 I'll Remember April and Once I Loved. i-ll-remember-april-once-i-loved-improvized-composition-part.mid
August 8, 2005 Some Various Stuff which I don't remember what it is... various-stuff-practice.mid
August 9, 2005 More work on the Herbie Hancock tune Dolphin Dance dolphin-dance4.mid
August 13, 2005 A post birthday practice of Dolphin Dance (my birthday is the 12th). I wasn't very organized and didn't have a party this year for friends... but no worries, I visited them lots anyways. dolphin-dance5.mid
August 16, 2005 A practice where I recorded myself playing along with some jazz recordings. Bonus points if you can guess what recordings they were (good luck). play-along-practice-c1.mid
August 17, 2005 Latest work on an original called Sunshine, which I co-wrote with Angela N.. I will have to make a note to be sure with Angela that it's ok to post these kinds of recordings in the future. If you want the final version, you'll please buy it when it comes out (cross fingers) sunshine-latest.mid
August 17, 2005 Another Angela-Geoff original. Some ideas for it anyways, as we're still working on the song. My view is that posting these kinds of low-fi recordings can only serve to inspire other upcoming musicians, and maybe even attract more interest in our music in case we get famous. take-this-ideas.mid
August 20, 2005 Working on the jazz standard  Misty. misty-practice-c1.mid
August 24, 2005 More work on Misty. This was after a lesson with Chris Sigerson so I might have tried out a few new ideas that he gave me. misty-after-chris-sigerson-lesson.mid
August 25, 2005 A very late night improv. I finished this one at 4:30am so I may have experienced some interesting creative effects due to sleep deprivation. Although I don't recommend doing this too often because it is bad for your/my health.  late-night-improv.mid
August 25, 2005 Another Angela-Geoff original: More. Again, I am hesitant to post it and will remove if Angela thinks it would be best. Although if this music intrigues you, maybe you will want to buy our upcoming CD? I am obviously not trying to make money on this piano practice web site.... more.mid
August 28, 2005 Working on In a Sentimental Mood. practice-in-a-sentimental-mood.mid
August 30, 2005 More work on In a Sentimental Mood. in-a-sentimental-mood-practice.mid
September 1, 2005 More work on In a Sentimental Mood. in-a-sentimental-mood-practice2.mid
September 2, 2005 More work on In a Sentimental Mood. in-a-sentimental-mood-practice3.mid
September 6, 2005 Playing along with a few jazz recordings to practice using my ear. play-along-practice-c2.mid
September 14, 2005 Working on the jazz standard I Got Rhythm. The reason I chose to work on this tune was because I received a very cool email from Vladimir Zivanovic, who is finishing his MBA in composition and orchestration at Music Academy in Novi Sad (Serbia and Montenegro). He suggested that I try to expand/extend my left hand a bit more, so I kept that in mind as I was practicing. A big shout out from Vancouver Canada to Vlada and his band, NS JAZZ QUINTET. His email made me realize what a small place the Internet has made the world become. What is better than receiving jazz tips from an expert musician on a different continent!  i-got-rhythm-practice-e1.mid
September 15, 2005 More work on I Got Rhythm (Gershwin) i've-got-rhythm-sept2005.mid
Sept. 19, 2005 Working on Thelonious Monk's Round Midnight round-midnight.mid
Sept. 19, 2005 More Round Midnight round-midnight2.mid
Sept. 21, 2005 More Round Midnight round-midnight3.mid
October 4th 2005 Working on the jazz standard Cherokee cherokee-practice.mid
October 4th 2005 Working on an Etude and more on Cherokee etude-cherokee.mid
October 6th 2005 Cherokee practice but my hands were injured from overuse so it was frustrating. cherokee-practice-injured.mid
October 6th 2005 More Cherokee practice. cherokee-practice-injured2.mid
October 8th 2005 More Cherokee. cherokee-practice-2.mid
October 9th 2005 Writing a new composition called Balance in All Things new-comp-balance-in-all-things.mid
October 9th 2005 More Cherokee. cherokee-practice-3.mid
October 11th 2005 More Cherokee cherokee-practice-4.mid
Oct. 12, 2005 Cherokee and right hand technique practice cherokee-technique-right-hand.mid
Oct. 14, 2005 More Cherokee cherokee-practice-5.mid
Oct. 18, 2005 A Cherokee Practice with lots of quarter notes! cherokee-lots-of-quarter-notes.mid
Oct. 28, 2005 Working on the Jazz Standard Moonlight In Vermont moonlight-in-vermont-practice.mid
Oct. 28, 2005 My original tune Balance in All Things (perform) balance-in-all-things(GeoffPeters).mid
Nov. 4, 2005 Some improv work and working on Cherokee improv-and-cherokee-practice-6.mid
Nov. 13, 2005 Working on the jazz standard (Ballad) As Time Goes By as-time-goes-by.mid
Nov. 16, 2005 As Time Goes By plus right hand technique work as-time-goes-by-right-hand-technique-work.mid
Nov. 16, 2005 More As Time Goes By as-time-goes-by3.mid
Nov. 17, 2005 More As Time Goes By as-time-goes-by4.mid
Nov. 18, 2005 As Times Goes by and Beautiful Love (Bill Evans) as-time-goes-by-technique-and-beautiful-love.mid
Nov. 18 2005 Autumn Leaves and As Time Goes By autumn-leaves-as-time-goes-by.mid
Nov. 22, 2005 Autumn Leaves and Recordame by Joe Henderson autumn-leaves-recordame-joe-henderson.mid
Nov. 24, 2005 Recordame Practice recordame-practice.mid
Nov. 25, 2005 Another Recordame Practice recordame-practice2.mid
Nov. 30, 2005 Cool movie music improv and As Time Goes By cool-improv-movie-and-as-time-goes-by-practice.mid
Dec. 1, 2005 Misty, Cantaloupe Island, and Mario Brothers Theme misty-cantaloupe-island-mario.mid
Dec. 2, 2005 Misty and an improv when I didn't have much sleep. misty-plus-sleep-deprivation-improv.mid
Dec. 6, 2005 Christmas Time is Here christmas-time-is-here.mid
Dec 16, 2005 Technique technique-practice.mid
Dec. 22, 2005 Round Midnight Practice 4 round-midnight-practice-4.mid
Dec. 24, 2005 Christmas Song Practice the-christmas-song-chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire-practice.mid
Dec. 30, 2005 Beautiful Love beautiful-love-practice-at-end.mid
Dec. 31, 2005 Beautiful Love beautiful-love-practice-2.mid
Jan 4, 2006 Round Midnight Practice 5 round-midnight-practice-5.mid
Jan 5, 2006 Round Midnight, My Favorite Things ,and Balance in All Things round-midnight-my-favorite-things-balance-in-all-things-practice1.mid
Jan 17, 2006 Round Midnight round-midnight-practice-6.mid
Jan 21, 2006 Dolphin Dance plus an original composition practice-dolphin-dance-plus-original-comp.mid
Jan 21, 2006 Original composition called "Sleep" original-composition-sleep.mid
Feb. 4, 2006 Improv, a new song practicing improv-new-song-practice.mid
Feb. 8, 2006 A composition called 'Hard Life' hard-life-composition.mid
Feb. 8 ,2006 Performance of Hard Life hard-life-2.mid
Feb. 11, 2006 Working on Round Midnight and doing some creative improvisation on some pop, rock, and tango themes. round-midnight-practice-and-creative-improvized-jam-pop-rock-and-tango.mid
Feb. 23, 2006 Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square and lots of improvising for movie nightingale-sang-in-berkeley-square-plus-long-movie-composing-idea-improv-session.mid
March 1, 2006 Satin Doll satin-doll-practice.mid
March 2, 2006 Satin Doll and Girl From Ipanema satin-doll--and-girl-from-ipanema-practice.mid
March 10, 2006 Composing an original called "Male Nurse" male-nurse-original.mid
March 20, 2006 Working on some movie music ideas for a friend JJ jj.mid
March 26, 2006 Improvized practice plus working on Stella By Starlight improvized-practice-plus-stella-by-starlight.mid
April 1st, 2006 Working on The More that I See You the-more-i-see-you-practice.mid
April 3rd, 2006 Working again on The More that I See You the-more-i-see-you-practice2.mid
April 6th, 2006 Working again on The More that I See You the-more-i-see-you-practice3.mid
April 6th, 2006 Working again on The More that I See You plus an original called Balance in All Things, and working on My Favorite Things (original arrangement) the-more-i-see-you-practice4-plus-balance-in-all-things-my-favorite-things.mid
April 7th 2006 Playing along with the Internet Radio (Jazz) play-along-practice-c3.mid
April 8th, 2006 Working on Dolphin Dance and Satin Doll dolphin-dance6-plus-satin-doll.mid
April 9th 2006 Working on The More I See You the-more-i-see-you-practice-5.mid
April 9th 2006 Original improv a la Beethoven fat-jazz-variations.mid
April 14th 2006 Practicing How High the Moon and How Insensitive how-high-the-moon-practice-and-how-insensitive.mid
April 15th, 2006 Vocal accompaniment to Here's That Rainy Day rainy-day-vocals.mid

I also came across a recording I made of myself practicing singing the ballad, "Here's that Rainy Day". I am really interested in learning how to sing better, and this was one of my first few attempts at singing and accompanying myself. (Click here to listen.)

April 15th 2006 Singing and playing along on the piano. singing-play-along-practice.mid
April 16th 2006 Vocal practice accompaniment vocal-practice2.mid
April 19th 2006 Au Privave (Charlie Parker) and Autumn in New York practice au-privave-and-autumn-in-new-york.mid
April 21st 2006 Learning the melody of Au Privave. au-privave-learning-melody.mid
April 24th 2006 Working on Au Privave, Autumn in New York, God Bless the Child, and Giant Steps. au-privave-autumn-in-new-york-god-bless-the-child-giant-steps.mid
April 26th 2006 Fun improv (pop music) fun-pop-improv-practice.mid
April 26th 2006 Little Improv little-improv.mid
April 27th 2006 Working on I Should Care i-should-care-practice1.mid
April 29th 2006 Au Privave, Autumn in New York and some improv au-privave-and-autumn-in-new-york-and-some-improv-writing-stuff.mid
April 30th 2006 Practicing Autumn in New York autumn-in-new-york-practice.mid
May 2nd, 2006 Writing an original composition called Spring Song. The printed Lead Sheet and an MP3 recording are available here. spring-song-composition.mid
May 8th, 2006 Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square plus a free improv nightingale-sang-in-berkeley-square-plus-improv.mid
May 10th, 2006 Some fun improv. some-improv-fun.mid
May 14th, 2006 Practicing something (I don't know what). practice-something.mid
May 16th 2006 Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square plus Some Day my Prince will Come nightingale-sang-and-some-day-my-prince-will-come-practice.mid
May 18th, 2006 Days of Wine and Roses Practice days-of-wine-and-roses-practice-1.mid
May 21st, 2006 Giant Steps Practice

EK Wrote:

This piece has been the 15 year "Bain of my existence" but is finally seeming to make a certain amount of sense! :-D
It would be great deal of help to many of your practice fans to hear your process of internalizing this very wicked piece of music and how you whip it into submission. By the way, I am an Alto Saxophonist, but have benefited greatly from your bravery and honesty thus far.

GP response:

Wow, good suggestion. I never thought myself good enough to tackle it yet, after hearing with awe the folks from the "advanced" group of my jazz camp talk about it when I was attending eight years ago.  But I have been learning a lot since then and I thought I'd give it a try. I first started just reading the chart and playing around with it and then I started to internalize it. I figured out a device that would help me remember the progression. The "Giant Step" part goes from the I to the flat three, to the sharp five, to the major seventh and then to the major third. I just visualized a weird chord with these notes,.The chords alternate between major and dominant for that part. So I just kept that in mind and if I ever forgot what was next I just worked it out using these rules. From bar 8 and onwards it is much easier, just 2 5 1's which I am much more familiar with.
Here is tonight's short practice. I will work on it more hopefully this week. I seem to be making progress and it is encouraging.


May 22, 2006 An improv jam kind of movie-like. improv-fun-jam-movie-stuff.mid

Also: listen to an excerpt from this practice that I rendered with a Spooky Choral voice:
MP3: spooky-choral(Geoff Peters).mp3

May 22nd, 2006 Technique and Giant Steps technique-giant-steps.mid
May 23rd, 2006 Giant Steps, Satin Doll, and Stella by Starlight giant-steps-satin-doll-stella-by-starlight-practice.mid
May 25th, 2006 Making progress with Giant Steps. This practice was done entirely without the chord chart. giant-steps-practice2.mid
May 26th, 2006 Working on a folk / contradance tune, Fox Family Reel fox-family-reel-practice.mid
May 28th, 2006 Working on Giant Steps  giant-steps-workout.mid
May 28th 2006 More work on Giant Steps giant-steps-workout2.mid
May 30th 2006 I'll Remember April practice i'll-remember-april-practice-g2.mid
May 31st, 2006 I'll Remember April and Giant Steps practice i-ll-remember-april-and-giant-steps.mid
June 6th 2006 Working on "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Like Someone In Love" green-dolphin-street-and-like-someone-in-love.mid
June 8th 2006 More work on Like Someone in Love. like-someone-in-love-practice-g1.mid
June 9th 2006 A short technique warm-up before a gig. technique-warm-up-before-gig.mid
A nice letter from a visitor... Dear Geoff,

I love your style and had to send you a thank you for your web site.

I am trying to learn to play the piano and your site has helped my so much with my studies.

So I just thought you would like to know that  your work is valued and used and loved by many here in cyberspace.

I have played the sax for years but now the piano has opened up a whole new window of expression for me.

It was your site and encouragement at the web site that got me to go out and buy a piano and start to play.

So - thank you so much for all that you have done for those of us who you have never known or met.

Yours truly,

Jonathan Galente
June 17th 2006 Some kind of practice - I don't remember what it was. practice-123.mid
June 18th, 2006 Working on Giant Steps, Bye Bye Blackbird, and some technique. giant-steps-technique-bye-bye-blackbird-practice.mid
June 19th, 2006 Working on Some Day My Prince will Come (Disney) some-day-my-prince-will-come-practice.mid
June 20th, 2006 More work on Some Day My Prince Will Come some-day-my-prince-will-come-practice2.mid
June 23rd, 2006 Another practice on Some Day My Prince Will Come some-day-my-prince-will-come-practice3.mid
June 24th, 2006 A nice relaxing improv session. Sometimes instead of trying tp learn new songs / standards, I take a whole practice and improvise the whole time to explore new colors, tones, and harmonies. Part of this practice became the first Mood Piece that I wrote in a new series of compositions: See my Mood Music page to hear the final version.. improv-practice-nice-relaxing.mid
June 25th, 2006 Working a lot on Days of Wine and Roses as well as a bit on Giant Steps. days-of-wine-and-roses-practice-and-giant-steps.mid

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is where I post actual audio recordings of my practices, instead of the midi versions.
I also just started (click here) where I will be posting all of my new practices from now on.

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