Does Anyone Play a Keytar?

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  1. wire-n-wood

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    I'm no keyboard player, but I can find my chords on a piano. So I'm thinking that the sustained harmonies from a synth might work well for some of our songs. I play one of two guitars in the band, so... is this a stupid idea?
     
  2. B Money

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    oh man, don't do it! Nothing, and I mean nothing, is less cool than seeing someone playing a keytar. Unless, of course your doing intentionally to look like a dork, but otherwise keytars should be locked away in a museum display case as an example of a horrible idea made real.
    I suppose if you're in an 80s pop tribute band, it could be made to work.

    I once had a nightmare where my bass player showed up to band practice, opened his bass case, and inside it was a keytar. He pulled it out all excited and proclaimed "hey guys check this out! It's way better than any bass, I can make all kinds of cool sounds with it!" and then he proceeded to play a bunch of weird bleeps and bloops from it.

    True story.
     
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    Keytarists always get the babes. Understandably so i might add...
     
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    The real question is, would anyone admit to it? :)
     
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    I do the next best thing, i got a digital Roland Accordion. Does awesome synthy stuff via my pedalboard.
     
  7. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    :facepalm

    Find a real keyboardist who can really play one, then decide - they can be perfect for songs where you must watch what each other is playing.

    Last time someone used the word "dork," I had to catch the bus.
    Grow up.
     
  8. Ubersooner

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    "watch what each other is playing"?
     
  9. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Yeah. We have a song where I have to sync with the keys. And it works great on a stage.

    Or does the music actually suffer because one is concerned with what still looks "cool?" Have we regressed THAT far?
     
  10. Ubersooner

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    Of course the music doesn't suffer but the show might, depending on your crowd and the style of music your playing. I know you play to prog rock lovers and I think a keytar would totally fit that crowd. Not so much in other cases.
     
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    Agreed.
    Most fans of progressive rock realize that it's the talent that is important, and not the American brainwashing from late 70s music critics that couldn't play the music on an instrument even if they tried.

    Prog may be less popular in the U.S., but certainly not in the rest of the world.
     
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    Hmmm. It looks like the keytar is coming back...



    It seems to produce some neat sounds but the instrument does have some less than cool 80's pop band baggage. But, some people can pull it off...

     
  14. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Again - can the musician REALLY play keyboards, or are we talking Soft Cell? :messedup
     
  15. GovernorSilver

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    There's a guy in the Keyboard Corner forum who plays keytar. Some laugh at him for that but he's also laughing all the way to the bank, with his regular well-paying gig with a cover band.
     
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    I also certainly wouldn't play one all night. But it makes an interesting visual change in a show. Entertain. Change your instrument, at least once!
     
  18. GovernorSilver

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    One of the all-time greatest usages of keytar, coming at ya like an 8 foot tall green zombie monster.

     
  19. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    ^ And to think, that was a B-side single that Epic thought would go nowhere! A massive worldwide hit for The Edgar Winter Group.

    :aok
     
  20. option1

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    I immediately thought of this. Guaranteed to upset both the "keytars are uncool" and rock lyricist sets (but fun anyway):



    Neil
     

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