Jordan Rudess is the Keyboardist for Dream Theatre ... and also an excellent educator!
By Steve H.
At the age of nine, Jordan Rudess entered the prestigious Juilliard School of Music for classical piano training.
Upon hearing Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman (The Six Wives of Henry VIII) all hell broke loose. Classical music seemed an anathema. “My strongest memory, of all the memories that really changed my life, was listening to Tarkus by ELP,” Rudess says. “That was just an awakening for me, because never before had I heard the keyboard possess such strength and power. [I was thinking] ‘The keyboard can be an instrument that really rocks.’”
By nineteen, he began to include the rapidly developing world of synthesizers in his recordings and performances.
Today, Jordan is a world renown recording artist, composer, producer and performer and an integral member of the world renown, progressive rock band Dream Theater.
Jordan’s list of collaborators reads like the Who’s Who of music: Dixie Dregs, David Bowie, Jan Hammer, Enrique Iglesias, the Paul Winter Consort, with Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, Tony Levin and, of course, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater.
Jordan’s creativity spans the musical universe. The diversity his solo work displays his unstoppable desire to expand the language of tonal expression. From solo piano to sound design Jordan leaves his distinct creative stamp on every genre he touches.
Throughout his career, Jordan has immersed himself in music education including several best selling keyboard technique books and the creation on his own online conservatory.
All of us at NonLinear Educating are honored to have Jordan Rudess performer, synthesist and music educator as a part of our extraordinary educational team.
Rock legend, Jordan Rudess, is a master of rhythm and he’s here to teach us everything he knows! So immerse yourself in this exclusive, example-filled course by Dream Theater’s keyboard wizard!
Music Theory 301
Jordan Rudess: Harmony Explored
When Dream Theater’s keyboard wizard teaches a course about rock & pop harmony, it’s time to pay attention. Dive into this exclusive, example-filled course by musician extraordinaire, Jordan Rudess!
Jordan Rudess - Pushing The Limits!
Ableton's Push is the most innovative new instrument to hit the market in years. So we decided to place one in the hands of the world's most innovative keyboard player: Jordan Rudess. See how Dream Theater's synth wizard pushes Push to the limit!
Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater’s master synthesist, is an internationally recognized keyboard wizard. Watch as Jordan demonstrates important keyboard warm-up and performance techniques!
Thomas Xavier wrote on December 1, 2019
Very well done, real insights into the instrument nature of push & helped me to unlock some very creative playing uses.
Gerald B. wrote on January 24, 2018
Jordan Rudess Is a very good teacher. Music theory is fun. Music theory is interesting.
Eugenio Jedi Martinez wrote on December 12, 2017
Just awesome, I really enjoyed going trough this amazing instrument trough an amazing musician perspective, keep on rocking bro :)
Chris wrote on November 13, 2017
i just bought Push 2 and so i wanted to get to grips with the playing.
Jordan Rudess does an amazing job here. didactically: the whole thing is very well structured. there is not a single boring moment. it's easy to follow and it gives ideas gallore. there is a lot to learn and i want to learn it, when i watch these instructions, because the music is just wonderful, groovy and inventive and it's not just a brain dive, but an enthusiastic flight into the playing possibilities of Push. this tutorial is a highlight in your catalogue. Thank you very much, Mr. Rudess and mpv!
Itzhak Yaron wrote on February 18, 2017
We all learned this elementary theory in so many ways . I found Jordan to point and connect, the music theory to practical improvisation and composition ideas that inspire me.
Very pleasant and lear thinking.
I also watched and practiced the rythm class also very inspiring . I wish in this Harmony class we also got a pdf with summary and examples.
Giuseppe Dio wrote on July 26, 2016
Spectacular course! Really interesting, useful and enjoiable. It covers the basics and goes beyond giving tips and musical suggestions...
Itzhak Yaron wrote on April 14, 2016
I took this course quite a few weeks ago. Downloaded the exercises, and actually practiced them! It forever changed my composition, and listening. Using my BFD3 drum virtual instrument gives me the lab needed to explore those rather complex polirythems.
Priceless. Great course
Reality Engine wrote on February 8, 2016
Very informative and straight forward explanation of how to efficiently use Push
Jimboy Edwards wrote on October 5, 2015
This was by far the most interesting and inspirational tutorial I have taken so far and I have taken many. Jordan is such an awesome and talented keyboardist and musician. The way he explains and demonstrates the many rhythms by counting time was so revealing. I have often felt these rhythms but never actually thought about time signatures. Thanks Jordan for opening my eyes to Rhythm.
Joshua wrote on September 9, 2015
Great course, and really great instruction. I'm a total beginner musician and the material is conveyed in a very understandable and useful manner. Also, really impressed by Jordan's mad piano skills. My only issue is a bit of motion nausea from the aerial view :-)