Influential keyboardists to learn from

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jamerman, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Jamerman


    Apr 8, 2013
    For christmas I got my first keyboard with midi synths and all the shizz, because I really wanted to start composing prog-ish sortsof music (Dream theater, pink floyd, that stuff)

    The problem is that most bands I see with a keyboardist, bassist and guitarist, the keyboardist usually spend 90% of the song playing what ever the guitar player is doing on the right, and the bassist on the left. Maybe they'll do a small solo but that's about it.

    I know jazz definetley breaks this rule, but I need more sources than just one (Even if it is a very vast) genre to learn from. I just want to find some keyboard players who play seperate lines and sound great doing it

    So far I have Herbie Hancock, Jordan Rudess, Travis Dickerson, and that's it :/ Suggestions would be welcome
  2. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    S.E. Connecticut, USA
    Endorsing artist-Reverend Guitars
    Stevie Wonder, Joe Zawinul
  3. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Older than dirt ;)
    Bernie Worrell - Parliament
  4. LazyGecko


    Nov 19, 2013
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  6. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Some of my favorite keyboard players (in no particular order)

    - George Duke
    - Allen Ravenstein
    - Chick Corea
    - Patrick Moraz
    - Dave Stewart (the guy from the Canterbury scene -- Hatfield & The North, National Health, Bruford, Egg -- not the producer/guy from Eurythmics)
    - Herbie Hancock
    - Don Preston
    - Wayne Horvitz
    - Peter Levin (Tony's brother!)
    - Barry Miles
  7. SidMau


    Sep 3, 2012
  8. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Listen to some of his solo works as well as his early Yes recordings.

    Keith Emerson
    Patrick Moraz
    Jon Lord
    Eddie Jobson
    John Medeski
    Jimmy Smith
    Don Airey
  9. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Eddie Jobson
    Tony Banks
    Geoff Downes
    Tony Kaye
    Kerry Minnear
    Brian Auger
  10. Jamerman


    Apr 8, 2013
    I didn't even know he had a brother :)

    Guys it'll take me years to listen to all these suggestions, thank you so much
  11. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Donald Fagen
  12. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Steve Walsh
    Tom Scholz
    Dennis DeYoung
  13. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Not a keyboard player, but once I started listening to Professor Longhair, it really unlocked the whole New Orleans thing for me, especially the second line stuff.
  14. SidMau


    Sep 3, 2012
    Oh, I know this may not be an immediate desire, but Beethoven. Very creative and influential pianist and composer.
  15. Joedog


    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    Steve Winwood
    Bill Payne
  16. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  17. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    15 posts and no Bill Evans?
    Dave McKenna's solo work is a lesson in why a bass player might not be necessary.
  18. Jamerman


    Apr 8, 2013
    I don't think you can make a list of pianists without Beethoven, although everyone seems to only know moonlight sonata and fur elise :/
  19. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    John Lord - Deep Purple
    Greg Allman - Allman Brothers
    Rick Wakeman - Yes
    Herbie Hancock
    Chick Corea - Return To Forever
  20. SidMau


    Sep 3, 2012
    Has anyone said Edgar Winter yet?