Keyboard Magazine - July 2016 - David Rosenthal

Keyboard Magazine - July 2016 - David Rosenthal

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David Rosenthal, the longtime music director and keyboardist for Billy Joel, talks about his gear and his career supporting one of the world’s most iconic pop piano players, and shares his tips and tricks to keep it together when you land a long-term megatour.

Acoustic Upright and Grand – Look inside Prince’s one-of-a-kind purple Yamaha grand piano.

New Gear: Our monthly wrap-up of the most significant new products from the keyboard, recording, and professional audio worlds.

Play: Pop/Funk – The keyboard stylings of Prince

          Jazz/Pop/Beyond – Sam Barsh on making rhythm your focus when soloing

          Pop/Rock – When playing accompaniment, sometimes less is best

Know: The Art of Synth Soloing – Learn Keith Emerson’s solos from “Aquatarkus”, “From the Beginning” and “Fanfare for the Common Man”.

Sound Design – Re-create Prince’s Oberheim organ sound on “Let’s Go Crazy”.

CODA: 5 things that Ricky Peterson has learned from playing keyboards and co-producing music with Prince.

More photos and memories from Billy Joel’s music director. David Rosenthal.