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 Post subject: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:36 pm 
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Can you think of any keyboardists that are great? or even just some really cool songs with amazing keyboard solos? I don't care what the style is, in fact the more styles of music the better. I'm trying to expose my little brother (15) to more than just classical pianists, which is all he knows. Lately he's expressed an interest in learning how to jam with other musicians, but the needed exposure to other styles of music, and specifically what can be accomplished musically by the keyboardist's role in a band, has been very limited for this kid.

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:42 pm 
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Geddy Lee from Rush was the first one that came to my mind. Here is the song "Subdivisions" that has Geddy playing the keyboards (great song).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJfId5C-DWQ

Here is "Tom Sawyer" where he also plays some keyboard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFpgfcJWt6k

I hope this helps!


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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:11 pm 
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Thanks. I'd forgotten about Rush and Geddy Lee.

The name that came to my mind was Chuck Leavell - mostly self-taught, played with the Allman brothers, the Stones and Clapton to name a few. There's a few youtube videos with him, and also one where he's playing Chopin's Prelude in E Minor - I thought this may help spark interest and inspiration.

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:27 pm 
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Greg Rolie from Santana and Journey is someone that could be of interest. Billy Preston played with many of the greats starting with Little Richard and made a name for himself as the keyboardist for many of the later Beatles and Stones tunes and had a fine career on his own too.

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:11 am 
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Brent Mydland (now dead) of the Grateful Dead was a helluva keyboard player too.

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:27 pm 
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Tony Banks, Genesis.

In the Cage solo to name one.

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:55 pm 
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some more great Keyboard/Pianists in the Rock genre

Donald Fagen of Steely Dan
Stevie Wonder
Keith Emerson of Emerson,Lake Palmer
Richard Wright of Pink Floyd
Fats Waller
Elton John (early years)
Dennis De Young of Styx
Ray Manzarek The Doors

Here is a great link of lists my suggestion would be to youtube em till he finds some he likes
http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_keyboard.html

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:08 am 
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These are all awesome. Thank you everyone!

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
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If you want to go the jazz rout expose him to Monk. Blues and boogie which is always good to jam you can go with Otis Spann, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Maceo, Charles Brown, Pinetop Perkins Marcia Ball, Henry Butler to name a few.

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:26 pm 
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Rick Wakeman (any Yes album) to add to YGB's list above. Keith Emerson is the reigning king however. Asia has some interesting keyboard work from Geoff Downes.

Billy Preston and Dr. John if you want some funky boogie to add...

Billy Joel, has some lovely piano work (Angry Young Man, Captain Jack, New York State of Mind, I Go to Extremes, Leningrad, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant)

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 Post subject: Re: Need some help: Great keyboardists or keyboard solos
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:34 am 
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billy powell from lynyrd skynyrd was amazing....
i know theyre a guitar group but
theres some wicked piano work in sweet home alabama
call me the breeze rocks out on piano

i went back and listened to just his piano work and its awesome

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