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Influential keyboardists to learn from

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

  1. Jamerman

    Jamerman

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    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
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    Stevie Wonder, Joe Zawinul
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    Bernie Worrell - Parliament
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    Chick Corea :D
  5. Roscoe East

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    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
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    Rick Wakemen
  7. Basshappi

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    +1000
    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
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    Eddie Jobson
    Tony Banks
    Geoff Downes
    Tony Kaye
    Kerry Minnear
    Brian Auger
  9. Jamerman

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    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
  10. ZenG

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    Donald Fagen
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    Steve Walsh
    Tom Scholz
    Dennis DeYoung
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    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    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.
  13. SidMau

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    Oh, I know this may not be an immediate desire, but Beethoven. Very creative and influential pianist and composer.
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    Steve Winwood
    Bill Payne
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    Dave Brubeck
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    15 posts and no Bill Evans?
    Dave McKenna's solo work is a lesson in why a bass player might not be necessary.
  17. Jamerman

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    I don't think you can make a list of pianists without Beethoven, although everyone seems to only know moonlight sonata and fur elise :/
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    John Lord - Deep Purple
    Greg Allman - Allman Brothers
    Rick Wakeman - Yes
    Herbie Hancock
    Chick Corea - Return To Forever
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    Has anyone said Edgar Winter yet?

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