Kimmel's Keyboardist on Playing to a Click
Apr 2 2014 2:49PM
Vince Maggio, my jazz piano instructor at the University of Miami School of Music (and mentor to Bruce Hornsby), always stressed the importance of “locking in” with a drummer’s ride cymbal. Vince’s lesson still resonates with
Add One Note, Get Jazz
Dec 25 2013 10:38PM
Added chord tones or “extensions” are the building blocks of jazz harmony. When you extend a basic chord structure one note at a time, hip jazz sonorities will most certainly spring forth. Let’s look at how adding just one
Clavinet in Context
Sep 9 2013 11:16PM
I was introduced to the Hohner Clavinet by artists like Billy Preston, Garth Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Willie Turbinton, Art Neville, Edgar Winter, Bernie Worrell, and Terry Adams of NRBQ. In many ways, my approach to the
Keyboard Multitasking Onstage
Jul 23 2013 9:05PM
If you’re a gigging keyboardist, you’ve undoubtedly been asked to cover multiple parts at once. Often times, this involves playing parts with one hand so that your other hand is free to play other keyboards or zones on the
Salsafy Your Sound!
May 16 2013 3:00PM
Salsa (Spanish for “sauce”) is a broad commercial term used to describe danceable Latin music. There are no specific chord voicings or progressions that give you a Salsa sound; it’s all about feeling the rhythm in chunks of
Jazz Arranging for Keyboardists
May 16 2013 3:00PM
Keyboard players are naturally good arrangers. We do it every day while we’re writing, tracking, putting chords to melodies, and mixing our music. All of these activities involve selecting textures, achieving balance, and
Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun
Jan 22 2010 8:10AM
by Josh DodesFinding time to practice is difficult for all of us. Whether you’re on the road, running from one gig to the next, or dealing with distractions at home, it can be daunting to keep your chops up. Whether at sound
Michael Jacksons “Billie Jean”
Dec 1 2009 12:00PM
Michael Jackson created some of the most universally memorable — and downright funky — music of the last century. His hit “Billie Jean,” from the best-selling album of all time, Thriller, makes great use of synth bass and
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers “Refugee”
Nov 1 2009 4:35AM
Tom Petty made it clear that you don’t have to live like a refugee — and if you follow Benmont Tench’s example, you don’t have to play like one either. Benmont’s B-3 work on the classic hit makes the song soar, largely due
5 Things I've Learned About Recording Keyboards
Mar 29 2013 11:00AM
It’s always funny being asked questions like, “How did you come up with your style?” I didn’t really know I had a style. I’ve simply tried to work from my heart and my ears. Here are some things I’ve learned about recording
Booker T Video Repost
Oct 12 2011 12:00AM
We've been meaning to catch up with Booker T. Jones since his Grammy win for the 2009 album Potato Hole--for which we interviewed him back in August '09. If you haven't heard his latest, The Road From Memphis, you're missing out,
Welcome to Keyboard's November 2011 Links Page
Oct 10 2011 12:00AM
Exclusive interview with the Flaming Lips! Evan Bogart talks songwriting, keyboards, and production. Miss our Summer NAMM gear wrap? It's online?    
The World Accordion To Gil
Sep 1 2010 12:00AM
by Gil Goldstein The often-misunderstood accordion is now taking its rightful place in the halls of modern music. The consummate world traveler, the accordion is basic to the music of Europe, South America, and beyond. In
Color Your World
May 1 2010 1:00AM
It doesn’t take an encyclopedic knowledge of music theory to add new depth to your chord voicings. My mentor, the great jazz pianist Kenny Barron, would often respond to questions about his commanding chord palette by
Hammond B-3 Basics For Pianists
Apr 28 2010 12:00AM
Even accomplished keyboardists sometimes struggle when playing the mighty Hammond B-3 organ — especially if they were trained on piano. It’s not velocitysensitive, has no sustain pedal, and can get louder than heck. Many

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