Q+A Submissions (January 2021)
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02/12/2021 1:00 pm (PST)
In this Q&A Submissions video, Jeremy Siskind answered all of your questions about the piano and music in general that were submitted in the month of January.
00:23 – Barbara Wilcox: Can you explain the chord progression to “Feeling Good” and how to solo over it?
04:24 – Anneleen Vanden Boer: Should I transpose techniques to all 12 keys immediately after learning them?
08:23 – Anneleen Vanden Boer: Why aren’t inversions used in the quick tip “How to memorize hundreds of jazz songs”?
10:55 – Rachel Pobi: Should I practice F# major and Gb major scales and their relative minors separately?
12:31 – Andrea Hannath: What are some suggested “endings” for Jonny’s Key Course pieces?
19:25 – Thomas Jellings: Is it necessary to follow the key courses in order?
21:54 – Joe Napoleone: Should a pianist be able to play in all major and minor keys? Are there common and uncommon keys?
26:15 – Anthony Shiels: Should I develop advanced jazz techniques on one tune? Or is it a better time investment to master things in 12 keys first?
30:56 – Can you explain licensing and copyright around youtube, PWJ content, and performing for gigs?
33:55 – Michael Heim: What are the differences between “contemporary piano,” “cocktail piano,” and “beautiful piano”?
40:04 – Rebecca Nowell: What is the bets course to practice rhythm?
41:19 – Rich Barton: Do you have any tips specifically for playing wedding ceremonies?
45:40 – Pablo Martinez: Should I study music theory and harmony apart from everything I learn at PWJ?
47:38 – Rachel Pobi: Once you learn rootless voicings and other advanced jazz voicings, is there still a use for inversions?
52:37 – What can I practice to develop consistency in a left hand blues shuffle?
57:57 – Dale Gilbert: How do I handle not upsetting the bass player when I play piano in a band?
1:03:18 – Jocelyn Garneau: Are there only two-note combinations that form a chord?
1:05:15 – Rachel Pobi: Is the pedal used when doing runs in the “jazz intro and outro runs” course?
1:07:15 – Linda Tham Wolf: How do you change the left had with 10ths in a slow pop style? How do you add 7ths and 9ths? What passing chord options can be used in going from the 2 to the 5 chord?
1:13:14 – Riddhiman Das: How can I balance practice sessions for both classical and jazz?
1:16:16 – M. De Jong: How do you use the pedal in “This is what you came for”?
1:19:04 – Hirom Saito: What kind of voicing does piano play as an accompaniment for “Autumn Leaves”?
1:22:56 – Chuck Weber: Any tips to manage practice time between guitar and piano?
1:26:52 – Terry Gilligan: What are practical exercises to develop hand independence for beginners?
1:31:00 – Karen Dengel: What is a practice plan I can follow to get better?
1:34:00 – Zoltan Vepy: Can you explain diminished scales?
1:39:36 – Wendell Kapustiak: How did you come up with the chords Cm7 going to F7?
1:43:08 – Haiden Davis: When learning and memorizing chords such as rootless voicings, what is the best way to think about them?
1:46:47 – Peter Askelof: Why are dominant rootless voicings taught with the 13 added?
1:48:50 – Gillian Marty: What advice do you have to solo over the chords F#m7b5, Fm7, Em7, Ebdim7 in “Night and Day”?
1:54:04 – Rolands Petrevics: Should I use fingering 1235 instead of 1234 on 7th chords?
1:55:40 – Michael Vertoske: When soloing over “Fly me to the moon,” is only the first ending used?
1:58:15 – Chris Rodgers: What do you recommend for ear training?
1:59:12 – Karl Faulkner: Do you have tips on how to achieve correct hand position to avoid pain?
2:01:58 – Shifera Anggawijaya: How do you differentiate polychords from slash chords? How do you use them in reharmonization? What about sus chords?
2:09:58 – How do you use jazz scales? Do you base in on chords or the key signature?
2:15:47 – Mark Simmons: How do you avoid wandering and getting overwhelmed with all the courses?
2:18:09 – Dennis: Are the classes ok for an 11 year old?
2:19:26 – Rudy: How can I introduce chords into my right hand as part of the melody?
2:24:00 – David Kussie: How can I fit my 1-3-5 finger between the black keys cleanly?
2:26:03 – What are passing tones?
2:29:13 – Wim: For intro runs, why do you prefer to use both hands?
2:31:34 – Is there a technique I can use to memorize and remember songs better?
2:34:40 – Ben Silburn: How many pieces would you expect to play from memory at a time? Any general memory tips?
2:36:34 – Patrick Horan: Should I continue to practice Christmas music months before the holiday season?
Office Hours (March 21)
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Live Workshop (March 2023)
In this workshop, we'll be learning about how to accompany in a band setting on the well-known standard, "Fly Me To The Moon".
Intermediate/Advanced Q&A Submissions (February 2023)
In this video, Daine answered all of your questions that were submitted in the month of February.