Did You Know What is Rhodes Piano?

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Did you know what is Rhodes Piano. Rhodes Piano also called Fender Rhodes Piano (or sometimes referred as Fender Rhodes or only Rhodes) had been invented by Harold Rhodes. This is an electric piano that became very famous in 1970s. Just like a regular piano, it makes sound by using keys and hammers. The sound is them amplified with the electromagnetic pickup which is further plugged in into an external speaker and keyboard amplifier.

The instrument invented by Rhodes to teach recuperating soldiers through World War II having a limited budget. However, the development continued till 1940s and 1950s. Fender involved in the marketing of the Piano Bass, which was a minimized version of the Piano, but they didn’t appear the full-size version until it was sold to CBS, 1965. CBS supervised the production of “Rhodes Piano” and it was used widely and for long time, especially in pop, jazz and soul music. In the mid of 1980s, the Piano fell out of fashion for some time because of appearance of the polyphonic and some digital stuffs, especially the Yamaha Dx7. However, the company was taken by Roland and they started manufacturing digital version of the Rhodes without any approval from the real inventor of the Piano.

Eventually in 1990s, it became popular again and it resulted the Rhodes getting back the rights of the Piano in 1997. Harold Died in 2000 but the instruments was issued again and his teaching methods are still under-use.


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