Keyboard instrument  

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Types: Moog synthesizer - Rhodes piano

Musicians: Jackie Mittoo, Stanley Cowell, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dexter Wansel, Wally Badarou, Brian Auger, Masabumi Kikuchi, Ansell Collins, Bernie Worrell, Arthur Baker

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. The most common of these is the piano, which is used in nearly all forms of western music. Other widely used keyboard instruments include various types of organs as well as other mechanical, electromechanical and electronic instruments. In common language, it is mostly used to refer to keyboard-style synthesizers.

Cool Keys Site

Site spotlight: The Cool Keys site was created to celebrate the unique sound of the electric piano, an instrument capable of being smooth and mellow, hard and funky, or anywhere in-between. The two most famous makes are Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer. The Fender Rhodes' most influential era was probably the 1970's when it helped define the sound of jazz-funk and jazz-fusion, as well as finding favour with soul, funk and disco artists. It rapidly became an essential component of urban music. The Wurlitzer enjoyed great success from the early 1960's onwards finding itself popular with rock and pop bands. Affectionately known as the Rhodes and the Wurlie, their use lessened during 1980's, but with the emergance of acid-jazz, hip-hop, garage etc. which look to the past for inspiration, the sound has become cool once more. The Cool Keys site features infomation on records and artists that use electric pianos, and links to other relevant sites.

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