If you are into Jazz you’ll know who this guy is… Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea.
Chick Corea is an American Jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer. Many of his compositions are considered Jazz Standards. As a member of Miles Davis’ band in the 1960s, he participated in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement. In the 1970s he formed ‘Return to Forever’. Along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett, he has been described as one of the major jazz piano voices to emerge in the post-John Coltrane era.
Talking about Keytars – Chick Corea Elektric band:
And here is a video from 1992, Chick Corea’s Trio:
And if you really dig Chick Corea’s style, why don’t you take a keyboard workshop with him? It only lasts for an hour!
Many musicians don’t take the time to tune their ears before they play, and I am not only talking about pianists, but also guitarists, bass players, drummers, etc.
Ear training is a crucial skill for any musician to have and it can greatly improve your musicianship if you have a skilled ear. When you are first learning the piano the best and easiest way to train your ear is to play with a tuned piano, you won’t have a problem if you are using a keyboard, but remember an acoustic piano has to be tuned.
How does it work? Basically you can improve your ear by listening carefully to the notes your piano is playing. Always try to sing each note, so play a note, hear it properly and try to sing it.
If your piano is tuned you definitely should start getting into some scales and note identification. Again, the best way to do this is to sing out the notes. Even if you are not a singer and you have no intention in becoming one, singing out notes will quickly train your ear into identifying scales and intervals.
If you have a good ear for music you will find playing a lot easier and more rewarding.
So start singing those notes and you will noticed some ear improvement… guaranteed!