Is Elton John considered to be a great piano player?

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  1. Turbo Gerbil

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    Who really cares if he’s technically one of the best when he’s written so many fantastic piano based pieces along with Bernie. Lots of concert pianists are technically better but Elton has had major impact on popular music. From that standpoint he’s better than those guys.
     
  2. phoenix 7

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    I'd love to see/hear Rockledge play too. Always fun to see an amazing player.
     
  3. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    He's a BEAST on the piano. I saw him in Lubbock once without a band...the band was NOT needed lol

    He's up there as one of the best shows I've ever seen. Piano skills are on fire imo
     
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    EJ is certainly a fine pop melodist/song writer as well as his own best accompanist.
     
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    on the Piano Page do you think there is a "Can Elton John play Liebestraum?"
     
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    An epic thread if ever there was one.
     
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    Maybe! He liked playing Bach and Chopin in school.
     
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  8. Alchemist XP

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    Elton's the real deal on piano. His stuff is not easy to play the way he does it.
     
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    I got a feeling you might be waiting a while. :rotflmao
     
  10. Rockledge

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    No. The reason I revealed something about my rather wide range of musical abilities was for the purpose of making a point to someone who made a very foolish and absurd assumption.
    I got nothing to prove, getting on stage and getting applause as well as having budding guitarists come up to me to discuss playing is enough. You either believe me or not, and I could care less either way.
    And, EJ is still not a great piano player. Which was the original point of the post.
     
  11. StanG

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    Elton John is a great rock, pop piano player. Just like McCoy Tyner and hundred others are great jazz piano players. Just like, and I don't know who to name, **** and a thousand others are great classical piano players.

    The simple truth is that different genres of music require different levels of technical excellence and harmonic knowledge. But to be great in any genre requires great musicality and feel. It is a waste of time to compare, except in the most broad way, across genres.

    In a better world, this post, or one like it on the first page, would end the thread. Instead many bytes have been killed by bloviating nonsense.
     
  12. rambleon

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    Ok, no problem, I’ll just assume your previous post was a fiction.
     
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    Listen to 17/11/70. He's been one for a long time.
     
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    Yeah, this is stellar and imo puts to rest any claims that Elton isn't a great rock pianist. Great touch, dynamics, timing, phrasing, and groove. He had every body in the room rocking from the first chords.
     
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    The thing that blows my mind about him is his sense of melody and the chord progressions that he pulls out of the ether. He’s on that Lennon/McCartney level of melodic mastery in my book.
     
  17. Rockledge

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    Your folly is of no more consequence to me than the other fellows was. Think what you want, boys.
     
  18. rambleon

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    what is dead may never die....or something like that I guess
     
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    oh we will :)
     
  20. Tag

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    That was great!! Anyone see Boris Becker in the audience??
     
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