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
Jeff Lorber Pumps Up Your Solos with ii-V Progressions
Nov 19 2013 6:53PM
When you’re soloing, your ideas should flow organically and not sound like musical formulae plugged into chord changes. All of the concepts of my last few columns—pentatonics, blues licks, and modal playing—are more or less
Cinematique Instruments releases Poing
Nov 15 2013 1:44PM
Poing? Just let two balls bouncing inside an enclosed area and let them play a sound each time they are contacting an obstacle!  That exactly is Poing - It is musical Ping Pong. But also much more.... The
Tower of Power set to tour with Journey and Steve Miller Band
Nov 15 2013 1:39PM
- North American Tour Kicks Off May 15th in California - - Tickets on Sale Starting Friday, November 22 at - Los Angeles, CA (November 14, 2013) – One of music’s most renowned soul/funk bands, TOWER
Arturia announces cutting-edge KeyLab controllers
Nov 15 2013 1:29PM
“We love KeyLab because the keyboard is so intuitive! As fans and owners of vintage synths, we definitely find the same warmth and character in this great Arturia .”- The Shoes, France (2013)“Arturia synths are the best
Deeper Inside the Rudess Synth Lead Sound
Nov 15 2013 1:00PM
Last month we began exploring Jordan Rudess’ signature lead sound for his Korg Kronos. We covered the basic lead tone, its effects and controllers. Now it’s time to explore how he simulates feedback harmonics and some other
Program the Jordan Rudess Lead Sound on Your Synth
Oct 11 2013 1:14PM
Let’s continue showing you how artists we all know and love use the many synthesizer soloing sounds, concepts, and techniques we’ve been exploring over the last 19 columns—20 counting last month’s analysis of George Duke’s
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
The Art of Synth Soloing - A Little Rough Around the Edges
Jul 5 2013 3:27PM
Back in the April column, I left you with a lead sound that faded into harmonics via a controller, and said we were on our way to emulating classic guitar feedback. Let’s continue with that exploration. The logical next step
5 More Ways To Play Like Keith Emerson
Jun 26 2013 2:00PM
Keith Emerson is the reason I play keyboards. When I first started playing music, someone gave me a cassette of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s album Brain Salad Surgery and my life was changed forever. Emerson is undoubtedly one of
Synth Soloing Portamento Master Class
May 3 2013 12:34PM
In the last two columns, we’ve explored the difference between single (legato) envelope triggering and multiple triggering, and the performance possibilities offered by each. In some synths, you can also vary between legato
Synth Oscillator Tuning Tricks
Apr 19 2013 2:00PM
A world of possibilities opens up when you tune two or more synth oscillators in various ways, relative to one another. Let’s explore.       Detuning Here’s a classic sound—the warm beating of oscillators drifting
Prog Rock Primer
Jan 30 2013 10:00PM
By CHRISTOPHER BUZBY   I was raised on classical music by Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Chopin, and Satie, but I started discovering progressive rock and jazz in the 1980s when bands like Yes, Genesis, and the guitarist Pat
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?    

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