Just got a keyboard player!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by LunarDave, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. LunarDave


    Feb 5, 2002
    Leeds, UK

    My band just recruited a keyboard player and I was wondering whether any of you guys had any hints/tips etc on playing in a band with a keyboard player as I never have before.
    My band plays rock music and the current line-up is vocalist, 2 guitarists, bass and drums.


  2. Tell him to sit on his left hand. That's an awfully full lineup already and you don't need any more stuff going on down below middle C.
  3. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    make sure he has a good rhodes and hammond sound.

    tell him to play grooves along with you, or pad.

    i have a brother who is an incredible keyboard player, but he would be totally overbearing in a group with that many other rhythm instruments (all his chord voicings are 10 note, comping for him consists of continuous 16th notes, etc). make sure your guy knows his role, give him examples of stuff you want him to play, etc.

    keys can be awesome if executed with restraint ;)