This week in piano news, something somewhat unexpected has happened. A rapper from a group called Goldie Lookin Chain has written a 17-track album called Piano Solos under the name ‘Rhys from GLC’. Goldie Lookin Chain is a controversial rap group from Wales, famous for titles such as Your Missus is a Nutter, and Half Man Half Machine. Continue reading “A surprise from Goldie Lookin Chain”
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More than just a Stage Piano
Modjo is out there fronting the music scene again. The alternative duo compiled of Romain Tranchart and Yann Destagnol can be heard with their millennium back drop sound to Heart Fm’s latest TV advert. Though you can count on one hand the limited number of releases Modjo has enjoyed, ‘’Lady, Hear Me Tonight’’ has brought the pair overt success in the music industry with its persuasive lyrics and alluring digital piano chords. Following on, the band’s other tracks are well worth a tune in. Meanwhile, if you thought you’d lost your Modjo and was wondering just how to get it back – well here it is! Continue reading “Modjo – Getting It Back”
Later this year the honorary Bob Dylan will honour us with his stage presence at nine different venues including the seaside town of Blackpool, Glasgow and London. The legendary US singer-songwriter is said to have a ‘sell-out’ response to his pending UK tour as folk fanatics hit the box office. Continue reading “Bob Hits The Seaside”
Eric Clapton, OBE celebrats his birthday at the end of March. He certainly can play the digital piano but this Easter chick is legendary in his field and regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time.
As a singer song-writer Eric Clapton spreads himself wide when it comes to the genres he employs from soft hard – all its rock solid. As well as the guitar Eric Clapton plays the digital piano and mandolin but most know him first and foremost as a guitarist. Continue reading “For One Knight Only On The Digital Piano”
March is a month full of the birthdays of famous music celebrities. Justin Bieber just makes it in on 1st March. Talking of just making it in… perhaps making it into the UK’s fans good books needs little more address and maturity. A few temperatures and eyebrows were raised recently with his chaotic tour of the UK so I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about. Justin Bieber was born of Canadian parentage. He is a self-taught musician with no formal academic training on the digital piano, guitar, drum kit or trumpet. He put himself ‘out there’ on YouTube after coming second in a local singing competition. It was his mother’s persistence in uploading her son’s R&B songs onto the world forum that resulted in such interest in Bieber’s internet site.
One cancelled concert, collapsing on stage and a bust up with the media press don’t do much to promote Justin Bieber’s artistic profile right now. Yet his fan base seems more forgiving than his grandparents who ardently suggest he should perform for free at one concert to compensate for his shenanigans.
Playing Safe With His Debut Track
In 2009 Bieber’s first single ‘’One Time’’ was released. This debut song follows the usual medium held-back tempo characteristic of R&B. The instrumental line-up gives prominence to the syncopated drum beat with a staccato synth string voice playing in a pizzicato-style on the digital piano. The vocal range is limited in the verses with a semi-spoken style coming through from Bieber. As we fall into the chorus ‘’Your world is my world, Your fight is my fight’’ etc a greater sense of key unfolds in C# minor as Bieber jumps between E and B’ to establish a melody.
‘’Never Say Never’’ On The Digital Piano
So did you think this was a one trick pony? Well, ‘’Never Say Never’’ adds a little more musicality to this dolly’s mixture. The chord progression of Am C G and D binds the track together on the guitar and synth string voice supplies once again by the digital piano. The motivic D C B C A is the basis for the melody ‘’Ne-ver say ne-ver’’ and title of the same name which intertwines around step-wise notation from the verses. It isn’t earth-shatteringly complex but gimmicky all the same.
Tidying Up His UK Act
So with his cute hoody image, immaculate ‘justin’ place hair-cut and Twitter-mania at overload – Bieber looks good to rule the planet.
But just like any musician – he needs to keep an eye on the time!
Some of the oldest names in pop will be packing their gig bagsnext year, as the Beach Boys reunite for their 50th anniversary tour.
Following months of speculation, the band has announced plans for 50 dates in 2012, kicking off at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April.
The group shot into the limelight in 1962 with the release of their first album, Surfin’ Safari, and have since left a musical legacy with their chilled Californian tones.
Despite rumours of disagreements and background tensions, it seems that the boys have put past grudges behind them and are excited to be working together again.
“This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys,” said Brian Wilson, “It will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.”
Wilson will be joined on stage by former bandmates Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks for the international CELEBRATION tour.
With several songs already recorded, the group are also expected to release a new studio album with Capitol/EMI in the New Year.
Earlier this year, the boys got together in the studio to re-record their 1968 favourite, Do It Again.
Mike Love described his pleasure at being back at the piano bench with the old group.
“Music has been the unifying and harmonising fact of life in our family since childhood,” he said. “It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world.”
And with a catalogue of songs to choose from, fans will be waiting with anticipation to hear the set-list for the band’s upcoming performances.
“We haven’t played together in a long time,” Jardine told the Rolling Stone. “The fans are going to want to hear the hits. But there should also be lesser-known ones that are so important.”
More bands should be plugging in their guitar amplifiers and rocking out, according to British rockers Kasabian.
In an interview with Contract Music, the Leicester boys insisted that there was a shortage of good rock bands in the UK and claimed that they were one of the only groups willing to push the boundaries with their songs.
Frontman Tom Meighan said: “There’s a rock ‘n’ roll drought at the moment, so I’m glad we’re here. People are frightened of making records that sound good on the radio.”
“We’ve been overrun by pop and I hate that indie attitude,” guitarist Serge Pizzorno added.
The band recently thrilled rock fans with a raucous live performance at a New Year’s Eve gig at London’s O2.
However, last year Meighan told the Daily Star that he didn’t feel that the band had been given the credit they deserved for their music.
The singer also said that the group would be giving up on the idea of hit singles, and would instead be focusing on albums from now on.
The band, who will be celebrating their 15th year in 2012, released their fourth album, Velociraptor!, last September.