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Jerry Kovarsky

Jerry Kovarsky

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Jerry Kovarsky is a music industry veteran who has worked as a product/brand manager, marketing director, product developer and demonstrator for numerous keyboard manufacturers over a 30-plus year career. An accomplished keyboardist/synthesist, Jerry has been a passionate advocate for making music with keyboards and likes to live at the intersection of technology and art. Author of the popular book "Keyboard For Dummies," he graduated with a BA in Jazz Studies from William Paterson College (after time also spent at the University of Miami), when his musical aspirations were sidetracked by an opportunity to demonstrate early portable keyboards. These days, he’s returned to his musical roots, performing, recording and teaching on the island of Maui, Hawaii.

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In Parts 1 and 2 of this three-part article, we covered numerous voicings and passing chord concepts for playing in pop and rock styles of music. In this installment,

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Studying jazz harmony and voicings is essential when you want to play sophisticated pop tunes, show tunes and standards (the pop tunes from the ’30s through the ’50s). It’s also used a lot in neo-soul and R&B … and,

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From their workshop/showroom located in Central Florida, husband and wife Justin and Jina Elliott perform what can only be called piano alchemy — an almost magical process of transforming Yamaha pianos into whatever their clients can imagine. Their company,

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In last month’s installment of “The Well-Rounded Keyboardist,” we began our exploration of jazz harmony and voicings. In that article, we mentioned that, when you play in a band context, the bass player will

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Yamaha Artist Michael Tilson Thomas has a legacy that looms large. Recognized early on as a musical trailblazer and champion of the new, MTT (as he is known) has forged an illustrious career as a conductor, pianist, composer, educator

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