Keeping Practice Interesting
Good article on practicing from Helen Sung writing in Keyboard Magazine:
Jazz pianist Danilo Perez taught me to write out solo lines to practice various concepts. The idea was to try and create my “ideal” solo line over a given harmonic progression or situation. Improvisation is spontaneous composition, and so the idea of “composing” a solo can be extremely helpful in refining what you like to hear and play. Ex. 5 contains two four-bar examples of “ideal” solo lines that use the ideas we’ve already discussed.