I'm a pianist and I was JUST wishing for this!
This was fascinating! I'd love to see you analyze La La Land and the Legend of 1900 in another video. There are so many different movies that feature pianists and piano playing, you could definitely do another video packed with more movies.
he needs to break down that Freddie Mercury upside down scene on Bohemian Rhapsody
How are they not gonna include La La Land??
This was amazing! I will say that piano duets are more fun than they look -- having that other person and their energy and emotion adding onto yours is a great feeling to have.
Real shame "Shine" isn't on the list :/
I would have loved to see the reaction to the Green Book diner scene im surprised it wasn't included
How do you not do Bohemian Rhapsody?!
Such a 🐐
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Why no Legend of 1900?
St Aug ~ Go Purple Knights!
the minor major thing breakdown in the end was gold
I love when piano players get in the zone while trying to explain something and lose all ability to speak in complete sentences. They still somehow manage to convey their meaning perfectly.
Yo PJ Morton, take me as a student 👩🎓😂
as a former ballet dancer, having musicians who adjust to what's happening onstage is one of the best feelings. when a musician and you are coordinated in your timing, emotion, acting, etc it feels like everything is in place and you're free to put on the best performance possible. there's nothing like the feeling of a musician and a dancer being totally on the same page
Most definitely. I feel that same way about singing with a intentional musician
Wish there were scenes of woman (besides the corpse’s bride) playing the piano in this video..but this is a GQ video so…not going to get too uppity about it.
The Pianist is SLEPT ON! I wonder if PJ can pay Chopin’s Ballade no. 1 👀👀👀
Being in the zone is unexplainable.... Then continue to explain
Bohemian rhapsody should have been on here
Freddy Mercury was a great pianist
No jerry lee😢😢😢
Sure, but where can I buy his glasses?
Should have broke down Alfred Molinas piano scene in Love is Strange.
Yeah!! It's great to see PJ in the spotlight talking about this stuff! Bless him man
Jamie Foxx and John Baptiste were in soul
What, no "Legend of 1900"?
I could listen to PJ talk and play all day! Nice choice GQ!!
This is one of my favorite series on FIshows and I'm a piano player ❤️
I was hoping for Cloud Atlas
Where’s The Legend of 1900??? 😅 #nexttime
i was hoping La La Land would be in this but i guess not 😢
Should of done Ryan gosling in la la land.
SO to pj one time
I see PJ, I click!! 💜💜
No Jerry lee Lewis :(
Great character of this guy, I hope he gets a few more episodes!
Real mass murderer reacts to Death Note Make it happen GQ !!
There's a great anime called Sakamichi no Apollon. I wish he could review its finale scene too. One of the best things I've seen.
PJ needs to take the reigns for a Maroon 5 album. Him and the other members are way to talented to do what ever Adam is doing.
As big of a Maroon 5 I am, they really do need to utilize their members' skills more cause they are so much more talented than just the radio pop music they produce lately.
On Elton John...he rarely spent more than 15 minutes putting a lyric to music. And not only recorded singing and piano together, but the whole band did this as well, going into the studio right after hearing Elton play the song on piano, coming up with their own parts, and just playing the new song. The song 'Daniel' that you hear on the album was the first 'take' of the song. The entire double-album 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' (18 songs plus other original songs that weren't included on the record) was written and recoded in 2 weeks. Elton's then contract specified 2 full albums and three world tours a year.
@Lasse H. Gundesen You're not wrong...that is a lot of pressure. He is pretty open about the drug abuse, and he maintains that he didn't start using until AFTER he got big. So during his creative period (1970-1975) he was not using. After Captain Fantastic, he fired his longtime rhythm section (Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson), in my opinion soul of the 'Elton Sound'. That was probably the beginning of the downward slide, and was probably a good sign that the drug abuse had begun. He was also naturally shy ('Elton' and 'Reg' are more or less different people). The drugs gave him the 'confidence' to be outgoing while not on stage. Also almost killed him.
Kinda understandable that he turned to alcohol and drugs.
How they not do Green Book smh
This entire episode, is amazing! One of my favorite pianists/singers- PJ Morton! Salute. 💪🏿🎹
In the Ray clip he does play in the key of G… the first note he plays is a D but he’s in G Major. Also, it might be easier to describe the treble as having the higher pitch (played with the right hand on a piano) and therefore is usually used to played the melody and the base (or left hand) is used to play chord progression and the harmony. One major reason for this configuration is because sounds waves at higher frequencies (treble) will dissipate much faster than lower frequencies (usually anything below g3/base). Melodic notes change quickly in a music piece so composers prefer to have the right hand, or treble hand, play these notes so you can distinguish the changes in pitch more clearly.
it was E flat lmao you trippin
its elton john man. hes just everything for me
michael douglas had a hand double
Where is bohemian rhapsody?
He's a pastors kid? So am i lol i didnt know that
This was great!
I hit like before the video started.
This deserves much more views
It’s like when Michael Jackson and slash were together. Slash was in the zone and refused to be stopped
Wow, it isn't scripted? I thought it is scripted..
my favorite piece ballade no.1 by chopin in The Pianist clip
It's an AWESOME piece. I also love his 4th Ballade.
No Great balls of fire! Jerry L Lewis? Great movie, ever! Wth?
Loved this so much, need more!!
“Some black guy we’re putting forward as an expert makes comments on some pop culture crap.”
You mean, he's well known for being a member of Maroon5 as well as Grammy winner for his solo albums within the last several years, not just some random musician.
I mean he's not herbie Hancock but he's a Grammy winning professional pianist
I would have liked this video if he played the piano more. What was the point of putting it in front of him if he barely used it?
Mise en scene
Do a audio engineer breakdown
Mess Around isn’t stride piano. It’s simple boogie-woogie
The fact that Ryan Gosling in La La Land wasn’t here is sinful
There was another video with Robert Glasper similar to this. He wasn't fond of it.
In that Ray clip, I wonder why they didn't just say the actual key? Such a dumb and unnecessary error. I'm sure they had a music consultant on set, and I'm sure he caught that. Would the line of dialogue really have sounded worse if he said "in the key of E flat" or whatever?
@Liam De Paux It does if you're a piano player.
@Les Launer that's interesting, and probably true, but in context of the scene makes no sense
I don't really know if doing boogie woogie piano requires that arbitrary of musical training. You think that Jelly Roll Morton, one of my favorite pianists periodt, was privileged to that level of education at the turn of the century in the Jim Crow South?
@Tony Lancer Actually....it IS in G...but the intro starts out in D...
I think maybe the directors focused on the movie being historically accurate, probably to a lesser extent musically accurate (per the script). Who knows? Maybe he did play in G but they changed it in post.
Michael Douglas' head was digitally composited onto the body of Philip Fortenberry for the piano playing performances. www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/behind-candelabra-michael-douglas-liberace-558901/
Would love to see him talk about Chico and Harpo Marx doing a piano routine.
Victor Borge- but I don’t think we was in any actual movies…
Nah les Dawson mate
PJ Morton deserves atleast 5 spots in the top 100 24/7 forever & ever amen. What a talent and appears to be a class act.
check out his live albums, he’s insane!!
PJ is one of the most brilliant musicians alive today 💙
Mighty Quinn and Unleashed aka Danny The Dog??
And now, off to watch Ray for the 200th time.
Gotta get a guitarist next
Feels like a lot of his insight was cut for the sake of brevity.
D Minor is the saddest of all keys
currently been writing in d minor lately
This was super interesting! I love these videos
He's not kidding about the difficulty of "God only Knows." I've been a professional piano player for over 40 years and play 100% by ear. I'm to the skill level where I can usually take a new song and learn it perfect on the first attempt after hearing it 3 or 4 times. This song forced me to practice it for 2 straight days before I could figure out what it was doing in the chord changes. Much respect to Brian Wilson and Tony Asher.
@Patrick Henry I did see that one. Fortunately, in my career, nobody has ever requested it LOL!
You should look up Rick Beato's FIshows explanation of the most complex #1 pop sing ever. It is "Never gonna Let You go" recorded by Sergio Mendez, written by Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. Literally over 100 chord changes and much of it non-standard. His description of he and his band mates butchering this song live is priceless.
what was your regimen in learning piano to get to that level
That's right. Brian's a real musician's musician. As is PJ, if I may say so 👍
You're on a keyboard or piano, you should be behind a curtain. It's not about what you look like, it's about the sound you produce. I've always hated people who move when they play and it's always so learnt. Don't look at me when I play.
Next up: A colon doctor breaks down the most realistic looking shits, seen in film.
@B Mac so Stans monster in South Park won't count?
This was great! I’d love to see more musicians on here as well