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George playing piano and Moog
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9 September 2012
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Holsety
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He didn't ever play piano on a song, did he? I was looking at segment of the Let It Be film (about a minute in) and apparently he was capable. He was helping Ringo with Octopus Garden when it was clearly in an early stage. I found it interesting considering piano isn't usually listed next to his capable instruments; notably Wikipedia. 

I'm also not sure if piano was just something every big musician learned consciously or something; he seems capable.. I'm not as surprised that Ringo can because he's played in live concerts, and he played it on the final version of this song, but George has only ever held a guitar in front of a stage.. right? Am I wrong? I could see why he possibly had no interest in playing the instrument because they could just as well, but that seems contradicting.

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He never played it live (Partially because he never did concerts). He was never needed to play piano on Beatles songs because Paul was  a significantly better pianist. He did write Old Brown Shoe on piano, Joe's page giving us this quote from I Me Mine:

I started the chord sequences on the piano, which I don't really play,

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9 September 2012
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You can hear George playing piano on the demo of Old Brown Shoe which is on Anthology 3. He also plays piano on a demo of Something which is different from the one on Anthology (the same original demo but with overdubs).

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....y72dC2t8_k

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mr. Sun king coming together said
He never played it live (Partially because he never did concerts). He was never needed to play piano on Beatles songs because Paul was  a significantly better pianist. He did write
Old Brown Shoe on piano, Joe's page giving us this quote from I Me Mine:

I started the chord sequences on the piano, which I don't really play,

Not only was Paul a significantly better pianist, but John and Ringo were too, and George Martin was better than any of them. I think it is quite telling that on all the occasions listed so far, George was practically alone in the studio, except Old Brown Shoe- not sure why he played organ there instead of John or Paul or George Martin.

Might be controversial, but I think George's keyboard playing was generally sloppy, like John's bass playing. On those grounds I think it is safe to say he wasn't particularly capable.

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GeorgeTSimpson said
It's Paulon piano on the final version of
Octopus's Garden, not ringo 

I looked at Wikipedia first, which says Ringo did instead of Paul, but this site is probably more reliable so I'll leave it at that. 

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Don't forget Blue Jay Way which is almost all keyboard - Hammond Organ, played by George and has no guitar at all - except for bass.

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George also said (in a 1999 interview about the reissue of YELLOW SUBMARINE, published posthumously in 2010 in "Guitar Legends" magazine's special issue on The Beatles) that he played organ on "It's All Too Much" -- he said in that interview that he thought it was Paul who played the guitar feedback which opens that track.   

In a separate interview, George says he wrote "Something" on piano, although on the released track, John played it -- and you only hear it briefly just before the guitar solo.   

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