Who's using a keytar?

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  1. rsm

    rsm Member

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    fixed it for ya ;)

    My younger millennial friends think it's cool for the most part; they don't have the associated baggage of older generations. It's a mobile keyboard, if someone plays it well and isn't prancing around like a lead guitarist or diva dude singer...
    I think may guitarists have an ego issue, usually the keyboardist if good, is the most musically competent, trained and capable musician in the band, who can actually sight read LOL.

    I still recall many bands never acknowledging the keyboardist as a member, they weren't even allowed on stage to perform, pretty lame but in metal and other genres image is important, so keep discriminating against keyboardists.

    with electronic music, keyboardists have a home where in many cases guitarists are not found. I have 2 electronic rigs, one I use for '80s new wave / post punk / synth pop where guitar is additive since it fits the music, I could easily replace the guitar with synths or a module that can do guitar sounds, even using my keytar ;) My other rig is modern electronic / dance, no guitar required or present.

    There are plenty of genres that aren't guitar focused, keyboards are the most versatile modern instruments around, a keytar is just a mobile keyboard - a keytar + Roland Integra would be powerful combination IMO.

    YMMV
    @Astronaut FX thanks, I agree and right back at ya! :beer
     
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    Joking around is what makes it fun here. :aok

    Have fun with the keytar.

    Hey waaaaaaiitttt a minute maybe I should make Hulktaur a Keytaur. Yeeaaaahhhhhh :)
     
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    You need to recalibrate your Cool-O-Meter dude!
     
  4. GovernorSilver

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    Just stumbled across this vid. Rick Wakeman wearing The Cape and a keytar transcends mere earthly standards of cool.



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    LOL - I rest my case! I love Rick Wakeman, but unless he's wearing that cape ironically (which he very well may be - he seems like a real character with a great sense of humor) . . .
     
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    you might be able to see it's a Moog:

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    Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) generally manages to pull off the keytar look. Not seen many others make it look good though.
     
  8. rsm

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    girls with keytars are hot IMO, it's as if the keytar disappears ;)

    :love:

    if only they felt the same way when I play my keytar :p
     
  9. GovernorSilver

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    Can't have a keytar thread without mention of the unstoppable juggernaut that is Frankenstein. I admire/respect the usual heroes (Jan Hammer, Corea, Wakeman, etc.) but this will always be the most badass keytar showcase - just so raw and rockin' hard, and even some ARP 2600 modular madness towards the end.



    Just had a sick thought - wouldn't it be funny if he played the "Careless Whisper" sax lick, while wearing a cape for good measure (some live versions show him wearing a cape).
     
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    I used to play keys in zydeco/reggae group. On some gigs, before the second or third set the drummer and I would do a electro/funk improv that would occasionally feature me grabbing my top synth off the stand (Korg DS-8 FM synth) and doing some stage antics. There was much gyrations and jumping...and falling. No strap on the synth, so it would be a challenge holding it at times, but it was definitely a visual thing a that point more than a musical performance. It was fun and the drunks got a kick out of it.
     
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    [​IMG]Herbie's using a KEYTAR!! Go Herbie, go Herbie!!
     
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  12. rsm

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    I have a Keytar, and a Korg Miku Stomp...the combination is interesting. I'd rather get the vocaloid software, and use my keytar as the controller

    Unfortunately, not many new keytars available, most are discontinued; my Alesis Vortex is backordered everywhere, and you can only get them new on ebay from Japan, and more than 2x what I paid.
     
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    just was reminded of this thread. Still have my keytar, MuseBox and since this thread started got a Roland Integra-7, and U-HE Hive - which all work great with my keytar. ;)
     
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    Wireless vortex and an old rk100 with 40 something fullsized keys. I havent used them in awhile though. Im looking for someone who can add velocity to the rk100.
     
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    Saw that tour back in the day. Edgar was HUGE at that time, and quite the showman, as you can see. Johnny was the warmup act, so full-tilt kicka$$ from start to finish.

    Viva la keytar! :cool:
     
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