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#2683655 - 10/20/17 04:39 PM How do you feel about “Banging” in Blues/Boogie/Rock & Roll  
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I went to a local blues/rock festival with a group of music students/teachers and there was a whole lot of piano banging ‘goin on’ - typical jerry lee lewis / high-energy type songs We got into a long unresolved discussion ... so I thought I’d ask here ...

Do you think banging the piano is poor technique or is it part of the style of high-energy blues/boogie/rock & roll? laugh

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#2683675 - 10/20/17 05:38 PM Re: How do you feel about “Banging” in Blues/Boogie/Rock & Roll [Re: Groove On]  
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I have a huge admiration for great technical Pianists, whether it's in the Classical or Jazz genre. Oscar Peterson is probably my favourite Pianist of all. The dedication required to get to the level of a great player like that is unbelievable.

However, Jerry Lee Lewis is also one of my Piano heroes, along with many other lesser players who aren't great technicians.These people probably just 'bang' the Piano, by any accepted 'classical' standard. But you know what I don't care. Rock, boogie and blues Piano is what got me into taking the Piano seriously (for a while at least), and to this day its what I enjoy listening to and playing the most. And it sparked my interest in Jazz as well, which I listen to a lot, and dabble with playing sometimes as well.

So I suppose I'm sitting on the fence.
It probably is bad technique, but its a part of blues/boogie etc; especially for the enthusiastic amateur!



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#2683703 - 10/20/17 07:32 PM Re: How do you feel about “Banging” in Blues/Boogie/Rock & Roll [Re: Simon_b]  
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I'm guessing the professional banging to which you are probably referring is mostly, historically a negative by-product of the keyboardist never enjoying control of the PA mixer.

Back at home, the only thing banging achieved for me was persistent RH tendonitis (fm practicing fast-changing, 4-noted chords for hours every day in a clenching type posture).

Nursing the RH back from the injury these past 3 years, I noticed and lasered out of my life a bad habit of being moved to bang as a way to create cheap passion to cover up finger uncertainty about the next chord/solo line notes.

so that's how I feel about banging...

#2683707 - 10/20/17 07:52 PM Re: How do you feel about “Banging” in Blues/Boogie/Rock & Roll [Re: Groove On]  
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It seems if done correctly it’s good. I don’t see the piano as strictly a classical instrument as others aren’t. Watching Stevie Ray Vaughan beat up a strat and not miss a note proves artistic expression comes in many forms. I love Classical as well as Metal and Country. It looks to me like banging would sound like a bloody mess if incorrect notes sound so maybe there is more to it than just slamming keys.

#2683754 - 10/21/17 02:53 AM Re: How do you feel about “Banging” in Blues/Boogie/Rock & Roll [Re: Groove On]  
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The question is only in proportions. Touche of boogie Woogie (rock and roll) is decidedly different from touch of Chopin's nocturnes ; however, there are boundaries of the instrument itself, it is designed for finger-punching with the help of forearm, not hammering. IMO, the muscles of Jerry Lee Lewis are suitable for lifting the piano ...

#2684372 - Yesterday at 11:26 AM Re: How do you feel about “Banging” in Blues/Boogie/Rock & Roll [Re: Groove On]  
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I think that it is wonderful that our beloved instrument is capable of so many different sounds. And I think there are no rules about how a particular artist chooses to make music. Jerry Lee Lewis may not have been a great piano player in the traditional sense, but he did great and innovative things with his piano. Ben Folds is another person that comes to mind; he has a very percussive style of playing (and not boogie woogie), and he's a much better pianist than Lewis. His style of playing fits perfectly with the music he makes.

The thing is, the piano is at its heart a percussion instrument. It shouldn't surprise that some people play it as such. At the end of the day it comes down to the question, do you enjoy the music?

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