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  • If you play guitar AND keys...

    ... I would appreciate any tips for setting up at a gig. Do you keep your keyboard right in front of you so you're constantly behind it, or do you have it off to the side so that you need to turn away from the audience to play it. Neither seems all that appealing.



    So what do you do?



    Thanks!



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    My bass player does both. He is always behind it, whether playing bass or keys. Its pretty easy as a 3-piece though. He has his whole side of the stage.
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    • #3
      So when playing KBs do you have to look at the keys? so does it matter if you front or side if your watching your hands press which keys that need to be pressed?

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        Quote Originally Posted by twostone
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        So when playing KBs do you have to look at the keys? so does it matter if you front or side if your watching your hands press which keys that need to be pressed?




        Depends on what parts I'm playing, haha! I'll have two keyboards stacked on a single stand, and I really don't want to spend all night hiding behind them. I spend most of my time on guitar, at least for now, so I'm thinking of maybe setting it up at a 45-degree angle kinda off to the side, faced away from stage center and out of my way for most of the night. I have a couple of weeks to figure it out.
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        • #5
          Think 45 degree angle, not 90...
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          • #6






            Quote Originally Posted by kmart
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            Think 45 degree angle, not 90...




            Haha! Great minds!
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            • #7
              [QUOTE=mstreck;47048104] I really don't want to spend all night hiding behind them. QUOTE]



              Well there you ago you answered your own question.

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              • #8
                Last weekend was my first time I incorporating a keyboard at a gig. I set up the keyboard just outside of my mic stand at a 45

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                  Quote Originally Posted by kmart
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                  Think 45 degree angle, not 90...




                  yes, definitely.
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                  • #10
                    To the extent that you can set the guitar/keys player on stage right with the keyboard further SR, the better it will be (assuming a right-handed player). The keyboard at 60 degrees to the front of the stage might help too. Mark C.
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                      Quote Originally Posted by Miko Man
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                      To the extent that you can set the guitar/keys player on stage right with the keyboard further SR, the better it will be (assuming a right-handed player). The keyboard at 60 degrees to the front of the stage might help too. Mark C.




                      That's my situation. And that sounds like a very viable solution. Thanks!
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                      • #12
                        I use swell and sustain pedals with my keys and a pedal board for guitar so doesn't work for me to set keys facing audience. Usually set keys perpendicular facing sidestage for ease of change and movement flow to rest of band. I also set up two vox mics for ease of switching.
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                        • #13
                          I can't play anything less than an 88 anymore so space is often an issue and I like to do a lot of keys, in fact, I'd prefer to chuck the guitar and just do keys so the keys for me are always front and center. Many is the time that I'll be switching between guitar and keys during the same song and I'm using the same vocal mic either way. It's also important that they are positioned where I can look over at the rest of the group. I've found it's very difficult to try and place the keys at an angle because 90% of the time stage depth is a bigger issue than width and it's easy to get oneself blocked in.



                          The answer is sure to be different for everyone and probably depends mostly on how much keyboarding you're going to do.
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                          • #14
                            Do like Kerry Livgren of Kansas! LOL



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                            • #15
                              Are you the only person on your side of the stage? If so, then set them up next to the drums, facing them, so they are at a 90 degree angle to the front of the stage. Then you have your guitar player room, and can still get to the keys easy.
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