Tom P
Just bought a 1-year membership to Open Studio on Christmas Day as a little present to myself. It was a good call. Though I'm still getting acquainted with all there is to absorb, I'm very pleased with the level of professionalism and overall presentation of the content. I have specific goals and there is little doubt I'll be greatly assisted by the quantity and variety of quality material available with my membership. The effort and high production quality put forth by Open Studio is evident, and continues to improve over time as evidenced by older vs. newer content. In particular, both Adam and Peter are engaging, amusing, and effective in their presentation of even the most challenging of concepts and their application. Excellent work gentlemen. Selfishly, I'd like to see multiple deep-dive episodes into reharmonizing 'pop cover songs' into solo piano jazz pieces. Taking classic 60's-70's covers by the likes of James Taylor, the Beatles, etc., and turning them into dense jazz harmony renditions is what I aspire to do. I didn't grow up listening to the jazz standards typically performed by jazz musicians so I don't have the same appreciation for that material...but I LOVE jazz harmony. I've seen a few guys on YouTube do this with great success...now I 'must have it!' I'm adding a file to a reharmonization performance like this by young pianist Yohan Kim where he does exactly what I want to do. He covers the Beatles song Yesterday. It's gorgeous. Lastly, I've yet to come across any references to either the young phenom multi-instrumentalist Justin-Lee Schultz or the amazing Eldar Djangirov in your material or Podcasts. Both are quite noteworthy and I believe quite deserving of being highlighted in your Podcasts. In particular, Eldar's technique and deft touch appears flawless. I've added files of both of them below. Keep up the great work, the excellent content, and the engaging presentation of material. In time, with your help, I'll be reharmonizing my favorite tunes from my youth into jazz harmony versions with quality bebop solos over the changes - all with a big smile on my face.
1 year ago
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