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5 Ways To Comp on a Hammond B-3
Feb 19 2014 12:32PM
Short for accompanying, “comping” is an often-overlooked component of playing the Hammond B-3 organ. Often, one ends up holding pads and throwing a Leslie switch back and forth while the guitar player takes yet another solo.
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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 New Orleans Piano Legend Allen Toussaint
Sep 27 2013 5:00PM
Known equally for his masterful work as a pianist, composer, arranger, and producer since the early 1960s, Allen Toussaint’s talents grew out of the musical crucible of New Orleans. He quickly made a name as a tasty pianist
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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
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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
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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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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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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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New Orleans Piano with Josh Charles
Aug 18 2010 12:00AM
Josh Charles knows a thing or two about New Orleans-style stride, boogie, and gospel piano playing. He should--at 13 years of age, he approached the legendary Dr. John and asked to be his student. After hearing what the young
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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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