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A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. Until the early 1960s musicians who played keyboards were generally classified as either pianists or organists. Since the mid 1960s, a plethora of new musical instruments with keyboards have come into common usage, requiring a more general term for a person who plays them. These keyboards include: A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ...

It has become stylish among hard-rock enthusiasts and musicians to adopt an attitude of scorn and derision towards keyboardists and keyboard music. As an example, guitarist Ted Nugent goes hunting and shoots a keyboard in one of his DVDs. However, in general, the keyboardist has seen something of a resurgence in rock music in recent years, with bands like Maroon 5, Athlete and The Killers featuring keyboards prominently. An electric piano (e-piano) is an electric musical instrument that is very mexican sounding. ... A Rhodes piano is a musical instrument. ... One of a series of electromechanical stringless pianos manufactured and marketed by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, Corinth, Mississippi, USA. The Wurlitzer company actually called the instrument (inaccurately in retrospect) the Electronic Piano, but musicians usually describe it correctly as an electric piano. ... An electronic piano is an entirely electronic musical instrument designed to simulate the timbre of a piano (and sometimes a harpsichord) using analog circuitry. ... It has been suggested that Orlando (character) be merged into this article or section. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The classic Hammond electronic organ, invented in the 1930s and popular for decades thereafter. ... Farfisa is a brand name for a series of electronic organs and later multitimbral keyboards, made in Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. ... The Vox Continental is a transistor-based combo organ that was introduced in 1962. ... An analog synthesizer is a synthesizer that uses analog circuits and analog computer techniques to generate sound electronically. ... The term Moog (pronounced /moʊg/ to rhyme with vogue, not /muːg/) synthesizer can refer to any number of analog synthesizers designed by Dr. Robert Moog or manufactured by Moog Music, and is commonly used as a generic term for analog and digital music synthesisers. ... ARP Instruments, Inc. ... An electronic keyboard is a keyboard instrument which uses electricity to produce or amplify its sound. ... It has been suggested that Orlando (character) be merged into this article or section. ... Yamaha redirects here. ... Kurzweil Music Systems is a company that produces electronic musical instruments for professionals and home users. ... Korg Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation that manufactures electronic musical instruments. ... A sampler can be any of the following things: In general, a sampler is any broadly representative cross-section of some collection; for instance, food products are sometimes packaged in samplers containing a variety of chocolates or beers. ... Mellotron MK II The Mellotron is an electromechanical polyphonic keyboard musical instrument originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. ... The Clavinet D6, the most popular model, introduced in 1971. ... A series of electric pianos built by the Hohner company of Trossingen, West Germany from the 1950s to the 1970s. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Pianist Claudio Arrau, Carnegie Hall, 1954. ... Harpsichord in the Flemish style A harpsichord is any of a family of European keyboard instruments, including the large instrument currently called a harpsichord, but also the smaller virginals, the muselar virginals and the spinet. ... A reed organ is an organ that generates its sounds using free metal reeds, similar to an accordion. ... French type, four-octave Celesta The Celesta (IPA ) is a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard. ... Large five-octave unfretted clavichord by Paul Maurici, after J.A. Haas The clavichord is a European stringed keyboard instrument known from the late Medieval, through the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras. ... Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany // The pipe organ (Greek ὄργανον, órganon) is a musical instrument that produces sound by admitting pressurized air through a series of pipes. ... A Harmonium or Reed Organ is a free-standing musical keyboard instrument similar to a pipe organ. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Theodore Ted Nugent (born December 13, 1948, Detroit, Michigan) (aka The Nuge, Uncle Ted, Terrible Ted, Sweaty Teddy, Deadly Tedly, Great Gonzos, Theodocious Atrocious and The Motor City Madman) is a hard rock guitarist from Detroit, Michigan, originally gaining fame as a member of the Amboy Dukes, and noted for... Maroon 5 is a rock band from Los Angeles, California, and has won several awards for their debut album Songs About Jane. ... Athlete are an indie rock band hailing from Deptford, London, England. ... The Killers are a Grammy-nominated American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


Notable electronic keyboardists

Main article: List of keyboardists

Note: while the term 'keyboardist' can cover a wide variety of instruments both acoustic and electronic, the following musicians are mostly known as electronic keyboardists, although they may also play piano or other acoustic keyboards. The following are famous keyboard players, mostly in the fields of metal, rock, and jazz. ...

Rock and pop

Rod Argent (Argent, The Zombies)
Tony Banks (Genesis)
Vince Clarke (Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo)
Geoff Downes (Asia, The Buggles, Yes)
Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
Brian Eno
Wolfgang Flür and Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk)
Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher (Depeche Mode)
Dave Greenfield (The Stranglers)
Jean Michel Jarre
Booker T. Jones
Geddy Lee (Rush)
Jon Lord (Deep Purple)
Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys)
Manfred Lubowitz (Manfred Mann)
Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
Gary Numan
Mike Oldfield
Billy Preston
Alan Price (The Animals)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Sister Bliss (Faithless)
Rick Wakeman (Yes)
Stevie Wonder
Richard Wright (Pink Floyd)
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

Image:Rod Argent. ... Argent was the name of a rock band founded in 1969 by Rod Argent after his previous band, The Zombies, broke up. ... The Zombies, formed in 1961 in St Albans, were an English pop-rock band. ... (L–R) Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks in November 2006, promoting the upcoming Turn It On Again tour Anthony George Tony Banks (born March 27, 1950) is an English songwriter, pianist/keyboard player, and guitarist. ... It has been suggested that Six of the Best be merged into this article or section. ... Vince Clarke (born Vincent John Martin, South Woodford, Essex, England, July 3, 1960) is an English pop musician and songwriter, who has been involved with a number of successful pop groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and Erasure. ... Erasure is an English synth pop band consisting of keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell. ... Depeche Mode are a popular electronic music band formed in 1980 in Essex, England. ... Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) were a short-lived but highly successful English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex that had a number of top ten hits in the British charts in the early 1980s. ... Geoff Downes Geoffrey Downes (born August 25, 1952 in Stockport, Cheshire, England) is a rock keyboard player. ... Asia is an arena rock/progressive rock group. ... The Age of Plastic The Buggles were a New Wave band formed in 1977 consisting of Geoff Downes (percussion, keyboards), Trevor Horn (bass guitar, guitar, percussion, vocals) and Bruce Woolley. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Keith Noel Emerson (born 2 November 1944) is a British keyboard player and composer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brian Eno (born Brian Peter George St. ... Wolfgang Flür (born 17 July 1947) was a member of the Kraftwerk electro-pop group from 1973 to 1987, playing electronic drums. ... Florian Schneider-Esleben (born April 7th, 1947, Germany) is one of the founding members of influential and pioneering electronic music band Kraftwerk. ... Kraftwerk (pronounced [], German for power station) is a German musical group which has made significant contributions to the development of experimental and electronic music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Andrew John Fletcher (known as Fletch) , was born on 8 July 1961 in Nottingham, England. ... Depeche Mode are a popular electronic music band formed in 1980 in Essex, England. ... Dave Greenfield (born David Paul Greenfield, 29 March 1949, in Brighton, England) is the keyboard player with English rock band, The Stranglers. ... The Stranglers are an English rock music group, formed on September 11, 1974 in Guildford, Surrey. ... Jean-Michel André Jarre (born August 24, 1948 in Lyon, France) is a French composer, performer and music producer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Geddy Lee OC (born Gary Lee Weinrib on July 29, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian musician. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... Jon Douglas Lord (born Leicester 9 June 1941) is an English composer, Hammond organ and piano player. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Chris Lowe (left) with collaborator Neil Tennant (right) Christopher Sean Lowe (born on October 4, 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England) is an English musician, who, with his colleague Neil Tennant, makes up the successful pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys. ... The capitalization of song titles in this article may be disputed. ... Manfred Mann (real name Manfred Sepse Lubowitz[1]) was born on 21 October 1940 in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a professional keyboard player. ... Cock-A-Hoop Manfred Mann was a British R&B and pop band of the 1960s, named after its keyboard player, who later led the successful 1970s follow-on group Manfred Manns Earth Band. ... Raymond Daniel Manzarek or Manczarek (b. ... The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by keyboardist Ray Manzarek, vocalist Jim Morrison, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ... Gary Numan (born Gary Anthony James Webb on March 8, 1958) is an English singer, composer, musician and electropop pioneer. ... Michael Gordon Oldfield (born May 15, 1953 in Reading, England) is a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music and more recently dance. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... Alan Price (born April 19, 1941 in Fairfield, Washington, Tyne and Wear, England) is a musician, songwriter, and actor. ... The US edition of The Animals self-titled debut album. ... Nick Rhodes in 1981. ... Duran Duran is a British pop/rock band notable for a long series of catchy, synthesiser-driven hit singles and vivid music videos. ... Sister Bliss (real name Ayalah Bentovim, Hebrew אילה בן-טובים [frequently misspelled Bentovin] - born December 30, 1970) is a British musician, producer and DJ. In the studio she is best known for her work with Rollo Armstrong creating and remixing hits by a number of artists. ... For the term meaning perfidious, see recreant. ... Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou) [IPA: ] is a world-renowned Greek new age and electronic composer and musician, under the artist name Vangelis Papathanassiou (Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου) or just Vangelis (Βαγγέλης) [IPA: or ]. He is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, and scores for the films Blade Runner... Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949 in Perivale, London, United Kingdom) is a British keyboard player best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock group Yes. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an African American singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and social activist. ... Richard William Rick Wright (born July 28, 1943 in Hatch End, London, England) is a self-taught pianist and Keyboardist best known for his long career with Pink Floyd. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Dream Theater is a progressive metal band formed by three students at the Berklee College of Music in 1985. ... Yanni, (born Yiannis Chrysomallis, Greek: Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης, on November 14, 1954), is a Greek keyboardist and composer. ...


Generally speaking, in jazz music, electronic keyboard players are very often also pianists.

Chick Corea
Eumir Deodato (Deodato)
Herbie Hancock
Keith Jarrett
Jimmy Smith
Josef Zawinul (Weather Report)

Chick Corea on the cover of sheet music book Chick Corea Collection Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer. ... Photo insert from the first album (Prelude) - 1972 Eumir Deodato (born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian artist, producer and arranger primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for eclectic melding of big band and combo jazz with varied elements... Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. ... Herbie Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American pianist and composer. ... A young Jimmy Smith, on the 1958 album House Party Jimmy Smith, nicknamed The Incredible Jimmy Smith, (December 8, 1925 – February 8, 2005) was a jazz musician whose instrument was the Hammond B-3 electric organ. ... Categories: Musician stubs | 1932 births | Austrian musicians | Jazz musicians | Jazz pianists ... Weather Report was a influential jazz fusion band of the 1970s and 1980s, pitting jazz with R&B, funk, and rock elements while still retaining an extremely high level of compositional and improvisational skills. ...


Wendy Carlos

Wendy Carlos (November 14, 1939 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island) is an American composer and electronic musician. ...

See also

Pianist Claudio Arrau, Carnegie Hall, 1954. ... An organist is a musician who plays the organ, whether pipe or electronic. ... This is a list of notable organ players, both solo performers and members of ensembles. ... Musicians who play the harpsichord are known as harpsichordists. ... This is a list of pianists of whom recordings survive who play or played classical music. ...

External links

  • Keyboard Player magazine
  • Harmony Central resource for keyboard/synth players

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Keyboardists come from all walks of life and can thrive in most biomes, with the exception of tundra and pelagic zones.
Within the realm of classical music, keyboardists, especially pianists and organists, are held in high regard due to their incredible musical abilities and large testicles.
It is thought that the only performer ranked lower than a keyboardist is a drummer, which as everyone knows are a dime a dozen (or two cents less than the going rate for keyboardists) and are not actually musicians.
Keyboardist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (280 words)
A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments.
However, in general, the keyboardist has seen something of a resurgence in rock music in recent years, with bands like Maroon 5, Athlete and The Killers featuring keyboards prominently.
Note: while the term 'keyboardist' can cover a wide variety of instruments both acoustic and electronic, the following musicians are mostly known as electronic keyboardists, although they may also play piano or other acoustic keyboards.
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