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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Stand up or sit down?

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May 30th, 2010 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm the keyboardist & lead singer in a Classic Rock cover band. I'd LOVE to be able to play sitting down -- I'm 56 and my feet are killing me by the end of a gig -- but I just can't sing as well as when I'm standing up. Even when practicing at home, I may start out sitting but I always end up on my feet. My sore feet. ;-)



Jun 2nd, 2010 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"But I have yet to find one with talent that stands up.

Yes, all the best I've encountered sat down, be they sighted or not, their technique was better, no matter how many keyboards they were surrounded by."

Hmm... looks like the tide is def for standing. You guys with the Hammonds, I understand your need to sit. Wow, do you guys still lug those things around to play live? I have only seen one band in years do that. I even leave my Rhodes at home. Too big to haul anymore and, too hard to play standing up!!! I forgot to mention that I have a BA in Music Performance- Piano and play classical as well as blues, honky tonk, etc.. So I guess I must have had some talent to have made it this far LOL! Making such a sweeping generalizations show lack of exposure to good bands with great keyboard players.



Jun 16th, 2010 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guess we got this one figured out! I rocked on the keys two nights last weekend- STANDING UP by the way. Also have a BA in Music-Piano Performance too there Shoebox ;). Next time don't make such sweeping generalizations as you will usually be proven wrong.

Classical Piano recitals are one thing. Playing in a rock band- totally different. Need to know how to discern between two completely different environments.

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Jun 16th, 2010 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As a musician and a fan of live bands, it doesn't matter to me. If a keyboard player plays better and is more comfortable sitting, it's fine with me. A keyboard player standing purely for the sake of appearance isn't a whole lot different than one using a "keytar" just so he/she can stand with the guitar players.

Think of the number of pro players who sit. Let's start with Jerry Lee, or any of the great blues players.

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Jun 20th, 2010 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, Jerry Lee would *start* by sitting...;-)

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Jun 21st, 2010 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll just add that I primarily sit down to play and if we're doing a song that doesn't really have any part ofr keys and I'm singing then I'll stand to do the song. Both my keyboards (Yamaha s90 and Hammond XK-3) are heavy units and I'd be a little concerned putting them on a high stand in order to play standing up. I guess one of those A-frame stands might work but an 'X' type stand wouldn't spread out far enough to support the 100lbs of keyboards on it and be stable enough for my meathooks to bang on. I use a Quiklok Monolith stand now with a second tier for the Hammond and it's as solid as a rock. I've thought about switching the organ to the bottom and that may be an option once I add the lower manual to the organ but at that point I'll probably just switch to a module for my other keyboard sounds and use the Hammond as a controller. All told though, I guess it's just a matter of what you prefer. I've done both styles and I prefer to sit and play as I'm mostly an organist but I'll stand if I have to on occasion or when ding a lead vocal.



Jul 2nd, 2010 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, I had a keytar back in the late 80's. Had custom 35 ft Midi cable made so I could move all over the stage! I wasn't going to be "chained" to the keyboards in the back...LOL...

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Jul 25th, 2010 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stand Up

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Nov 15th, 2010 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

jbryan - Take issue as you like. Everybody has an opinion.



Nov 16th, 2010 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whatever Shoebox my friend. I have played piano since I was 5 years old, and have a BA in Piano Performance...and have a 1911 Steinway Model "O" sitting in my living room too...so I think I am pretty well versed on this topic and not some hack that plays a few notes on the keys...I hate seeing key players sitting down in a rock band...fine for Mitch and the Mellowtowns at the local old farts lounge...

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Nov 16th, 2010 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Again, everyone has an opinion.

.... and I also have played since I was 6, and taught... and don't feel like bragging about the rest.

Let's just agree to disagree.

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