i see no reason to make the following public, but here in the guild it should be safe to post this.



i still want to see the keys …

you could set the computer screen right on top of a closed grand, so we could see both the computer screen and your  demonstrations.

you can still mic the grand by putting a contact mic underneath it directly on the soundboard.

* * *

“audience variables”

what about the one guy who just won't shut up?  there's has to be some protocol to avoid a one-on-one conversation with someone who wants to hog the limelight.

the trick is to let them get no more than twenty or so words in when you begin your paraphrase of their question. (or stop ‘em at about fifteen words in if there is no indication of an imminent bottom line “and your question precisely is?”)

this also indicates to the other questioners that their inquiries must be kept concise and to the point and not some  rambling manifesto.

while we’re on the subject of questions: neither the moderator/engineer/helper guy nor the audience members have a microphone.

i had a great deal of difficulty hearing their questions. and although you did repeat most of the questions, sometimes you didn’t and so at times i had no idea what you were talking about because i didn’t know what the question was.

there are three ways to solve this:

1. *you* repeat (paraphrase) *every* question, or

2. give the moderator a wireless mic (not a lav) and have him ask the “cyber-heaven” participants’ questions for them, as well as sending him around to receive questions from the studio audience.

either way works.*you* cut short the blowhards, or the moderator does by walking away.

hey, what’s one more mic? (especially since it gives control over the audience)

3. and/or after the fact, fly in subtitles.

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“lav mic”

during your introductory “mini-concert” opener, please cut the lavalier. as much as i love your playing, hearing you hum throughout the performance is not something that i would experience if i were listening to you in a club or concert setting sitting 10 feet or more away.

so there’s no reason to include your humming amplified in your performance.

funnily enough, when you are demonstrating concepts at the piano (which appear to be equally difficult as your performance licks and tricks), you almost never hum.

this seems odd. and indicates to me that you could choose not to hum if you wanted to.

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get the engineer/moderator/helper guy to use the clicker to forward the video to the next sequence. you shouldn’t have to stand in front of the camera to get to the next bit.

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the bit with calling out scale/chromatic/arpeggio was terrific. excellent job!

* * *

i realize that you did not ask me for this advice. but in the interests of bringing your master classes up to their full potential, i hope that some of my comments might be taken to heart.

aside from all of the above critiques, what you are doing is an admirable and useful service to humankind. i applaud you for your contributions – more power to you!


ps: how about a jelly roll morton or james p. johnson/fats waller masterclass?
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