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5 Ways To Play Like Herbie Hancock

August 30, 2012

When you think of modern jazz piano, Herbie Hancock might be the first name that comes to mind. While many know Hancock from crossover hits like “Chameleon” and “Rockit,” his influence crosses all stylistic boundaries. He began his piano career performing Mozart with the Chicago Symphony at age 11. It wasn’t until a friend introduced him to pianists George Shearing and Oscar Peterson that he became interested in jazz. Hancock soon became in demand as an accompanist throughout the 1960s, appearing on many classic Blue Note recordings. He was also one of the first jazz artists to use the Rhodes electric piano and synthesizers, not to mention vocoders and “keytars.” Regardless of the style he plays, Hancock’s playing has certain trademarks. Here are five of them.



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