I've always played in 5 piece bands with bass, two guitars, drums and vocals. The new band I have joined is also a 5 piece but instead of a second guitarist they have a keyboard player. I didn't think much of this to begin with but now, after a couple of weeks of rehearsals, I am realising how different this is than what I have been used to. I wonder if any of you guys have any advice on either of these two points? The keyboard player's left hand I feel like I am constantly in some kind of odd sonic battle with the keyboard player's left hand. I'm not used to anybody else in the band playing down in that range and I worry a bit that we are stumbling over each other. Is this a common problem with an obvious solution or am I just still in the 'getting used to it' phase? Neither the keyboard player, nor anybody else in the band, has raised this as an issue. Piano rhythms over rock songs Another issue for me is when we are covering rock songs (Summer of '69 is a great example). Everything sounds great until the keyboards come in and it is suddenly transformed into a plinky-plonky (technical term) piano song with a really distinctive piano style rhythm. Does anybody get what I am on about? I have tried to raise this diplomatically (I have only just joined this band and they are well established) but again nobody seems to think it is an issue. Not even sure that any of this will make sense to people who haven't heard our band but I thought there was a chance that others in the bass community may have more experience working with keyboard players and have some advice. Thanks!