Live Q+A (January 2021)

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Jonny May
01/04/2021 3:00 pm (PST)

In the January 2021 Live Q&A, Jonny answered all of your music questions.

05:52 – Q: Can you demonstrate the intro to What a Wonderful World?

08:21 – Q: Can you explain the fingering in Lesson 2 of 10 Day Blues Challenge?

11:34 – Q: When you play syncopated rhythms, do you focus on left hand or right hand?

13:40 – Q: What’s the difference between Amaj9 and A9?

16:53 – Q: What is your dream grand piano?

18:42 – Q: Can you play some 7th arpeggio patterns in 4/4 time?

20:27 – Q: Working on 2-5-1, should I work on the relative minor keys in addition to 12 major?

22:42 – Q: When performing, do you approach acoustic differently than electronic keyboard? Preference?

24:57 – Q: Can you describe how you look at the keyboard when playing? Left hand or right hand?

29:40 – Q: Can you explain inner movement/motion?

36:14 – Q: Tips for creating a warmup routine that’s useful and motivating?

41:11 – Q: Tips for adding grace notes in a song?

47:01 – Q: Is the only way to memorize music just repetition?

50:57 – Q: How to apply walking bass lines to various progressions?

53:56 – Q: Is it wrong to think of 9ths as 2nds and 6ths as 13ths?

55:59 – Q: When/how to use modes?

1:02:06 – Q: What’s your thought process when deciding whether or not to use the pedal?

1:05:37 – Q: Where should I start if I want to start learning jazz?

1:06:57 – Q: What is neo soul?

1:10:28 – Q: Can you recommend a good intermediate jazz standard book?

1:11:46 – Q: Can you start playing a song without preparation?

1:15:30 – Q: Do you add extensions to dim or half dim chords?

1:22:26 – Q: How to improve speed?

1:30:42 – Q: Will you be performing live in Nashville?

1:34:39 – Q: Practice routine?

1:36:25 – Q: Are there learning paths on the website?

1:37:40 – Q: Is there an alternative to 10ths that sound nice?

1:40:36 – Q: Tips for blues riffs on V chord?

1:43:26 – Q: Tips for improvising over “Waltz for Debbie”?

1:47:21 – Q: Can I purchase PWJ gift cards?

1:47:52 – Q: Do you have single, comprehensive course that covers jazz ballads?

1:50:12 – Q: Are there rules for how to apply inner/outer voicings?

1:52:54 – Q: When playing a piece, are you thinking of the chord sequences?

1:55:10 – Q: Are there modes you avoid with Latin tunes?

1:57:20 – Q: Is there a lesson for helping you recognize chord shapes?

1:59:04 – Q: How to transition between 2 styles during a song?

2:01:08 – Q: Can your songs be purchased by bulk?

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