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Are keyboardists the true unsung heroes?

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  1. mikej89

    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    Even as a bass player, I sometimes can't get over how much keyboardists are underappreciated. People just think it's a given that on X song one guy is switching between 10 different sounds. On so many popular tunes it's really ridiculous when you dissect all they're doing... Switching from piano to strings to horns, etc. just on a whim and people just care about the guitar playing on top of it. I've learned that in life everything is that way. The grunt people behind the scenes that truly make something possible are the ones who receive the least credit for it.
     
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    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No. From my perspective it's a pair...bass and drums. Without them the rest of us would be lost in the weeds.

    Full disclosure...I play piano and organ too.
     
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    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Keyboards were always a PITA...they could never carry their own gear and the pretentious level was out the window...

    Me- "This is my tune, I wrote it"

    K'boy-"Yeah but..."

    Do not get me started!:sneaky:
     
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    Seamus OReally Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I play keys, and I know I am! (Unsung, that is.)
     
  5. mikej89

    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    What gear do you have? I'm self taught on keys so very limited lol. I have a 1988 Yamaha SY35 synth.
     
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    Yeh...
    What he...
    Said
     
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    Seamus OReally Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I use a Yamaha CP33 Stage Piano as a master controller for a very long list of virtual instruments and one lonely Roland JV-1080, the sole survivor of me selling off my hardware synths (Kurzweil, Novation, Korg) a few years back. The Roland can still sound fresh, and it does a couple of quirky sounds I like.
     
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    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Used to play frequently with a B-3 artist. A full blown Hammond complete with Leslie. He was masterful.

    And he moved his stuff himself. Had a ramp on the back of a canopied pickup. He'd push that sucker up all alone. Never complained, never accepted help.

    Which I thought was sorta dumb. It's heavy. It was also his. So his rules.
     
  9. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You mean a manualist?:whistling:
     
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    Short answer...no... Integral part of certain genres and particular decades of music? ......Yes.
     
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    longboard blues Strat-Talker

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    Keys player in the band i'm in is a star - great grooves, always finds the right sound and tone and feel, and is an excellent bloke as well, always willing to buy his round. Wouldn't be without him.
     
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    Stark Still an idiot Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Oh, by all means - please get yourself started. This should be good.
     
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    Just think of what Deep Purple would have been without Jon Lord.
     
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    I’ve played with a guy that can transform an average song into something amazing, and not show off doing it.
    Essential? No. But keyboardists can definitely bring something to the table.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    What scares most guitarists is that the pianist is usually a trained musician.
     
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    Eh, I find some keyboard players over-do it, switching around too much, enamored with a bunch of sounds, and sometimes they just sound hokey. Personally, I only want to hear a Hammond, a Rhodes, and a grand. Maybe a Lead occasionally on the correct tunes. Everything else sounds fake to me.
     
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    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

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    Keys in a band lay the lawn for the lead guitarist to widdle all over.. I love em.. :D
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    And they can keep the whole show going while you fetch more beer... :whistling:
     
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    There are keyboards in rock music? o_O
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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