Keyboard Magazine - December 2015 - The Precision of Parody

Keyboard Magazine - December 2015 - The Precision of Parody

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Keyboard Magazine - December 2015 – The Precision of Parody

Decade after decade. “Weird Al” Yankovic turns hits into hilarious parodies that also show musical respect for the original songs. Yankovic and his long time keyboardist, Ruben Valtierra, reveal how the weird versions are created, and how they come to life onstage.

Breakouts: Teenaged artist Ethan Bortnick and longtime Billy Joel keyboardist/music director David Rosenthal use the power of music to help others.

Know: The Art of Synth Soloing – We continue celebrating Keyboard’s 40th anniversary with a lesson on playing like our second-ever cover artist Herbie Hancock.

            Sound Design – Transform a sample of sleigh bells to creat beats and pads.

Play: Prog – Five ways to play like the keyboardists in musical collective Snarky Puppy.

        Jazz – Re imagining Thelonious Monk’s classic “Round Midnight.”

Coda: Sideman Peter Dyer (Aloe Blacc, St. Vincent, Mariah Carey, more) shares five things he’s learned about programming synths for the stage.