Intermediate
MIDI Reloaded: Why MIDI Still Matters, Part 2
Apr 8 2014 6:25PM
Last month, part 1 of this column re-acquainted us with the basics and benefits of MIDI, such as being able to edit notes, transpose, and change instrumentation in a song without having to re-record digital audio. This
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Two-Handed Synth Soloing Ideas, Part 1
Mar 26 2014 1:50PM
[Editor's note: This column originally appeared in our March 2014 issue and was entitled "Nothing Wrong with Showing Off."]   We’ve been binging on synth programming for quite some time in my column, so let’s get back to some
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Jazz Arranging Power
Mar 19 2014 10:30AM
In my last lesson back in the January 2014 issue, I demonstrated how adding just one note can change a chord’s color and character. This month, I’ll offer up ways to give your arrangements added punch, power, and clarity. I
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Jeff Lorber on Theme and Variation in Soloing
Mar 14 2014 2:00AM
The concept of theme and variation is essential to composition and solo construction. Since a melody can be looked at as sort of a “crystallized improvisation,” a good solo can and should contain melodic nuggets or “hooks”
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5 Ways To Play Like Billy Preston
Feb 7 2014 2:15PM
I was approximately 14 years old when I started to discover gospel and blues licks, listening to Mark Naftalin from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and early John Mayall records. At that time (the mid 1960s), there were plenty
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5 Ways To Play Like Hiromi
Aug 21 2013 2:57PM
Hiromi Uehara was playing in her home country of Japan when she met jazz keyboard icon Chick Corea. Corea was so impressed at the talent of the then 17-year-old prodigy that on the very next day, the two performed in concert
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Left Hand Workout
Jun 28 2013 1:08PM
As jazz pianists we often learn a multitude of right-hand licks and scales for soloing, but we don’t spend enough time developing our left hand. Since I sing and often support my vocals with solo piano, I’ve spent a lot of
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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
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You Know More Voicings than You Think!
Apr 5 2013 6:00PM
When I wrote my first textbook Jazz-Rock Voicings for the Contemporary Keyboard Player, I included some common “shell” voicings that I heard on recordings by jazz greats. For example, I heard Wynton Kelly and Red Garland
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Keeping Practice Interesting
Jul 25 2012 4:00PM
by Helen Sung TIME IS PRECIOUS, SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO LEARN TO PRACTICE EFFECTIVELY. ALTHOUGH I NOW PLAY MAINLY jazz, how I practiced as a classical pianist has always stayed with me. In classical music, much of practicing is
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5 Ways To Play Like Greg Phillinganes
Jul 25 2012 4:00PM
by Matt Beck ONE LOOK AT GREG PHILLINGANES’ RÉSUMÉ AND YOU’LL QUICKLY UNDERSTAND why he has risen to the top of modern music. Greg has toured and/or recorded with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock,
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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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5 Ways to Play Like Larry Young
Nov 1 2010 1:00AM
Organist Larry Young carved out a truly unique path on the holy Hammond B-3 organ. His modal, John Coltrane-esque approach was a total departure from the soul and jazz organ styles that had dominated the airwaves of the ’60s
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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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