Jazz
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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Jeff Lorber on Pentatonic Soloing in Fusion
Jul 17 2013 1:10PM
Welcome to “Cold Fusion,” a new Keyboard column where we’ll be exploring concepts of jazz-fusion playing from the ground up. Let’s begin with pentatonic soloing. Pentatonic scales are especially relevant when it comes
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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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Octaves with Finesse
Jun 21 2013 1:02PM
When I’m recording and improvising live, I love the power that comes from playing melodies in octaves with my right hand. But I always try to use them with taste and moderation. Just like a trumpeter playing high notes for too
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Eldar's Strategy for Solo Jazz Piano
Jun 14 2013 12:42PM
The piano is a virtual symphony orchestra arranged in a linear fashion. With it, you can create melody, underpin it with harmony, and keep it in time with rhythm—all by yourself. Playing piano solo has been a subject that I’ve
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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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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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5 Ways to Play Like Regina Spektor
May 9 2013 7:09PM
I’ve lived in New York City’s East Village for nearly 20 years, and have followed Regina Spektor’s career from its early beginnings at the Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A, just a block from my apartment. Regina’s keyboard work
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5 Ways To Play Like Dave Brubeck
Apr 28 2013 2:00PM
Dave Brubeck, who passed away in December 2012, just a day shy of his 92nd birthday, was one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time. Rhythms of horses’ hooves on the California cattle ranch he grew up on, along
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Add Impact to Your B3 Bass Lines with Percussive Pedal Techniques
Apr 26 2013 12:48PM
A powerful technique used by most modern B-3 organists is to tap rhythmically on a bass pedal while playing the actual bass line on the lower manual using the left hand. Only occasionally do they play actual bass notes on the
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Secrets of Samba Piano
Apr 19 2013 2:00PM
Growing up in Brazil, I listened to a lot of Samba, which is Brazil’s most popular style of music. To illustrate how to play Brazilian Samba properly, let’s take a typical jazz-ish melody and chords, and change them into
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Warming Up on the Run, Part 2
Aug 14 2013 10:23PM
In last month’s lesson on warming up when time is tight, I explored some of the more melodic kinds of exercises I often create on the spot at sound check to help get my mind, ears, and hands ready for a performance. This month,
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5 Ways to Play Like George Duke
Aug 7 2013 12:39PM
Trying to reduce George Duke’s playing to five examples is basically impossible. He has done so much in such a wide variety of styles, that what follows will only scratch the surface of his musical mastery. That being said,
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Warming Up on the Run, Part 1
Jul 19 2013 3:00PM
For a keyboard player, practicing while on tour can be difficult. Sometimes sound check before a show is the only time we get a chance. In Part 1 of this two-party series, I’ll illustrate some melodic-based exercises I often
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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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