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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rangercaster, Sep 27, 2020.
I will admit to it, since the late 1960s ...
Actually got paid on occasion ..
I play more piano than anything else, but I'm not a real keyboard player. I'm just good enough to play chords to accompany my singing and songwriting.
I dabble. I'm not good enough to gig on keys. I haven't developed left/right hand independence, but I don't practice much either.
Piano was my primary instrument for the past 30 years. Up until 2 strokes took the better part of my vision in 2015. Depression did a number on me but I took (back) up guitar in 2018 and haven’t played piano since 2015.
I'm not very good on keyboards but I still plug away at it. The only time I played keyboards on stage was one performance of one song - Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds. It's a performance best forgotten.
I’m also in the dabble camp, haven’t played in a while
I’d like to give it another go at some point
I want to learn to improve my meager musical notation knowledge (6 months of piano lessons in my youth). I don't want to fool around with reading music on a guitar just yet though. I'm going to get myself an electric piano at some point and start there. I'm more interested in combining different musical instruments than I am in focusing exclusively on guitar. Not to mention that playing piano is bliss.
I had two years of piano as a kid, and got theory lessons. I bought a Roland RS-09 keyboard to play strings in the band, but stopped; too much equipment to carry. I have a Mel9 now so I have my strings.
I play way more piano than I do guitar. I had to come to terms with the fact that I’m just naturally more comfortable with piano than guitar. It was always a better fit for me.
I have no formal training but started playing keys in the mid 80's. I was working in a house band playing country and found piano more interesting than rhythm guitar. Fortunately, my band mates were encouraging. It was a 5 night a week gig we held for several years and a good opportunity to get better. I'm still not great but can usually come up with a part.
I would never present myself as a piano player by my wife says she likes my piano playing better than the other instruments. In my golden age, the keyboard was as much a prop as an instrument.
I play keys when I need to when recording.
Which means that every time I break out the keyboard I am reminded that . . . I can't play keys.
I just had to buy a new keyboard and I REALLY RESENT spending on musical gear that isn't guitars. I even ground my teeth down when I had to buy a bass.
I just started music school at Shoreline Community College in Washington. I was going for music theory portion which requires seven quarters of music theory and seven quarters of associated piano. I took the first quarter of music theory and piano in the spring and then an optional quarter of piano in the summer. Just started the fall quarter with music theory and the associated piano.
it is a blast! It really helps me associate what I know on guitar on the piano and vice versa. Plus this approach is very structured which for whatever reason my path on guitar has been super windy with lots of switching of paths. The structure is also helping me relook at my approach to guitar.
the whole experience led me to buy an electric piano - Yamaha P515. Just an awesome keyboard with weighted keys. Highly recommend both the piano and learning it for any guitar player.
“He’s pretty good on the piano but he sucks on the org—what?
I bought this earlier this year because I thought it was...compelling, and $11,
and figured how could the sound of an electric blower wheezing through a plastic harmonica not be fun in home recordings?
It turns out it is pretty fun. I wouldn’t say I play keys, but in this bizarre, scaled-down way, I am learning.
So far I have used it on some upbeats on a sort of reggae-vibed groove. Had to gate the bejesus out of it to kill the blower noise, but it worked.
I had very good guitar lessons when I was a kid and learned how to read music, some theory, some strumming & some classical. There was always a piano around so I taught myself how to play — working out where the notes were, how to form chords etc so I would vamp along to chord sheets for a song, and improvise a lot.
So I would say I can play roughly Grade 3 piano — in other words plenty of 10-year-old kids are better than me! But I can fake my way through a song when I need a keyboard part for one of my recordings, and I’ve learned a few piano songs that impress some people..!
I believe that learning how to form chords on the piano really helped me get to grips with theory: chords aren’t finger patterns with no obvious relationship (G = 320003: but A = x02220...), but can be seen in front of you as triads. I’m sure that’s at least partly why I find it pretty easy to work out what an 11th chord is, or a 6+9 or whatever, and then find a shape that hits the right notes.
I'm currently working through piano grades at the moment. I did 1 and 2 last year, 3 in March this year and working on 4 now. I decided to move onto piano after I got to grade 8 on classical guitar and I'm really enjoying it. So much so that I treated myself to a Nord Electro 6D keyboard a few months back for its organ and other sounds. It's amazing and very inspiring. I'm still not much of a player, but I see it as a long term commitment much like guitar!
I've not had any formal lessons on keys, but I do my best! Here's a very rare clip of me playing keys and Guitar. The keyboard is a Korg Krome.
One of the bands I play with is sometimes 4 piece, sometimes 5 piece. When its a 5 piece I get to play keys. That happened this past Saturday night for the first time in over a year. It was fun and I hadn't forgotten much.
I've played keys and guitar equally all my life. Might have been better to specialise in either but never could make that choice.
So I play both in my blues/rock band which means a shed-load of gear to set up (and go wrong!) and lots of wires to trip over with the constant changing over during gigs.
If pushed, I get a bigger kick from taking guitar lead breaks, but love playing jazz and classical better on piano. Sounds a bit schizophrenic which it is.....................
I'm a synth fan - especially FM synthesis. I have an old Yamaha V50 that is a blast to "play".