Blues
Chuck Leavell on interpreting blues great Leroy Carr
Feb 14 2014 4:53PM
The great blues piano player Leroy Carr played a huge role in influencing guys like me. On my most recent album Back To the Woods: A Tribute to the Pioneers of Blues Piano, I recorded five songs of his. He and Scrapper Blackwell,
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Be the Bass With These Left Hand Techniques
May 15 2013 2:13PM
Picture this: You got the gig and you’re excited about the music. You get to your first rehearsal and the bandleader wants you to play “bass” on a couple of things. You panic because you’ve never had to be the bass player and
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The Basics of Boogie Woogie Piano
Mar 19 2013 5:00PM
Boogie-woogie is a driving blues piano style that features a rolling, “eight-to-the-bar” rhythm. It’s based on ostinato bass figures in 8/8 time, and mostly uses the 12-bar blues harmonic scheme. While the left hand sets the
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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,
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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?    
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Samurai Keys Multi-Keyboard Multitasking
Sep 1 2010 12:00AM
Often, our jobs involve playing multiple keyboard parts at once. As important as the music itself is, it’s also vital to make sure that your multikey rig works ergonomically with both your body and playing style. Keeping your
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Jeff Kazee Hail Hail The Rock N Roll Piano Intro
Aug 1 2010 1:00AM
Let’s face it. Despite being a cornerstone of early rock ’n’ roll (think Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Fats Domino), the honorable piano man too often must fight for his legitimate place in the rock ’n’ roll
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Andy LaVerne Blues Basics And Beyond
Aug 1 2010 1:00AM
Blues is not only a genre of music, it’s also a form that has permeated nearly every other genre. The blues’ origins can be traced to late 19th-century African-American communities of the Deep South. As a direct result of
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Boogie Down
Nov 1 2009 10:15PM
by Scott Healy Before rock ’n’ roll, there was boogie-woogie. Without boogie, we wouldn’t have Little Richard, Johnnie Johnson, or Jerry Lee Lewis — or half of New Orleans piano music and most of blues. If you play a lot
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Master Class Stride Piano
Oct 1 2009 5:10PM
Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of piano players like the mention of stride piano. This seemingly impossible old style is like ragtime on steroids, and pushes jazz pianists to the limit. The left hand alternates a low
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