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B-3 Basics for Pianists

Here’s another reprint of a lesson from Keyboard from a few years ago. Despite quite a few musical typos (blame the copyist), you’ll get the idea. Many past lessons are available at the Keyboard Magazine website , so check them all out online, not just the ones I did. If you buy Keyboard on the stands you’ll notice that the print edition’s wide format makes the lessons look particularity great. The basic idea of this lesson is that no matter how good a pianist or keyboardist you are, there are some trademark and non-intuitive techniques you need to know, and…

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“Get Funky” Rhodes Lesson from Keyboard Magazine

Here’s a reprint of a lesson I did for Keyboard Magazine a few years ago…in fact the bio at the bottom talks about The Tonight Show, so it must be from 2009…the pic above is from a session I did in June with my 1973 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage, which I bought in 1974, sold in 1985, then after an intense bout of seller’s remorse, tracked down and bought back in 1994. (click here for original article on keyboardmag.com) Influential recordings from the late 1960s by pioneering keyboardists (such as those by Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea with Miles Davis, and…

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“Jazz Arranging for Keyboardists”, from Keyboard Magazine April, 2013

We do so much work with computers – we might forget how to write for real instruments. Jazz arranging, while it will never become a lost art, might loose some of the subtleties that the masters have taught us. I’ve been writing for Keyboard Magazine for almost ten years, and I’ve seen it go through many changes, many new formats, writers and editors. The current incarnation with Stephen Fortner as editor is, as Moe Green says, “bigger and swankier than any of the rub joints in Vegas”.  They recently brought back full, notated, lessons covering everything from basic technique to…

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