Jonathan May is a pianist from Southern California who specializes in many styles of piano. At age eighteen, Jonny became the youngest pianist to perform at Disneyland. Each week he entertained thousands of guests with his arrangements of American classics and Disney songs. Jonny has also performed with the Youtube group Postmodern Jukebox, and has played piano for Comedy Central and Universal Studios. He has accompanied Grammy Award Winner Lari White, and Tony Award Winner Lin Manuel Miranda. In his spare time, Jonny loves to go snowboarding and work out at the gym. He is happily married to his lovely wife and biggest fan, Crystal May. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2qw9lD2CYk
About Jonny May

Years of piano experience

26


Favorite piano styles
  • Jazz Swing
  • Contemporary & Pop
  • Ragtime & Stride
  • ... Everything

Fun Fact

At age eighteen, Jonny became the youngest pianist to perform at Disneyland.

Jonny May's Latest Courses

In this Orientation, Jonny will give you a tour of the website and explain how to utilize all the member features.

In this course, we cover the top questions our student ask about practicing piano, such as hand coordination, memorization, how to structure your practice time, etc. For each topic, we'll discuss mindset, useful exercises, and simple tips & tricks to help you practice effectively.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression with enclosures. We’ll explore upper & lower enclosures, along with a variety of exercises and example lines for each chord in the progression. By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to use enclosures to create a more interesting piano solo.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 progression using Diatonic Triads. We’ll explore a variety of exercises to master diatonic triads, plus examples for how to use them in your solos. By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to use the triad technique to create a happy & lighthearted sound in your solo.

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Jonny May's Quick Tips (Instructor)

Explore 5 levels of passing chords that you can use to personalize tunes, add variety and increase harmonic expressiveness.

Get your blues piano soloing chops in shape with Jonny's 10 top blues piano licks. This lesson is guaranteed to get you gig ready!

Do your improv lines sound aimless? Develop authentic jazz language with bebop scales used by legends like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie!

A complete guide to understanding and applying the concept of guide tones for the beginner jazz piano student.

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Jonny May's Smartsheets

Explore 5 levels of passing chords that you can use to personalize tunes, add variety and increase harmonic expressiveness.

Get your blues piano soloing chops in shape with Jonny's 10 top blues piano licks. This lesson is guaranteed to get you gig ready!

Do your improv lines sound aimless? Develop authentic jazz language with bebop scales used by legends like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie!

A complete guide to understanding and applying the concept of guide tones for the beginner jazz piano student.

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Jonny May's Latest Shows
Monthly Update (June 2024)

Stay tuned for our June Update!

Monthly Update (March 2024)

In March, we released 4 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 8 Smart Sheets, 8 Backing Tracks, and more!

Monthly Update (May 2024)

Stay tuned for our May Update!

Monthly Update (February 2024)

In February, we released 4 new Courses, 4 Quick Tips, 8 Smart Sheets, 11 Backing Tracks, and more!

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