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  • #16
    I used to work with a guitarist who also played keys. He just played guitar behind his stand up keyboard. (I have never played keys standing up.) I play bass and keys at times. (Not in my current band.) And I would play the bass while standing behind the keyboard. So in our cases it was pretty much the same.

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    • #17






      Quote Originally Posted by dan88z
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      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.




      I don't like the look of a guitar player playing guitar standing behind a keyboard, either.

      Maybe if there's enough room on the stage angle the keyboard slightly so you're at least sorta looking toward the audience?

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      • #18
        Maybe get a cordless guitar rig and walk out a few steps to look nice?



        Wynn -- you should try playing and standing. Unless you're trying to play really technical parts that are heavy on damper, you should be able to transition very quickly from sitting to standing. I believe that keyboard plays look better standing up. It's easier to connect with the audience.



        There's a guy on here ... ScottS? .. that has a really cool rig where his keyboard is angled down so the audience can see it, and his body/frace has more exposure when he's singing (boom stand). I think that's great presentation.



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        • #19
          I always stand behind my keyboard. But I'm playing keys 85% of the time or so. I've wondered about it though. But most of the time I'm playing and singing so I couldn't really go anywhere anyway.
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          • #20
            Does a keytar address the problem?
            The further away I am, the better I sound....

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            • #21
              I'm stage left and play guitar 90+% of the time. My keys are to my left at almost a 90 deg angle to the stage. Standing behind them would kill crowd interaction for me plus it would take up the room I need for my pedal board. When I have room, I put it at a 45 deg angle.

              I agree it's not that appealing facing away from the audience, but as someone else mentioned I'm looking down at my hands pretty much the whole time anyway aside from the few moments I look up to check things out...so it doesn't matter. Stage presence for me on lead guitar is much more important.

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              • #22
                Just check out my avatar!!


                Yeah, I was hoping to have it sit at a 45-60 degree angle, but I have a feeling that limited stage room is going to force it into a 90. I can only think of one or two places that we play where I can get away with anything other than a 90.
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                • #23
                  Does a keytar address the problem?


                  For me it wouldn't. I use a Nord Electro for B3 and piano sounds and I don't think a keytar would cut it for that. Maybe it would be okay as a synth solo instrument or for the novelty effect.

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                  • #24
                    Just depends on your style, I suppose. I play keys on probably 75-80% of the tunes (and play both keys and guitar on a few), so I set up like the pic in my avatar shows---the keys in front of me along the front line so when I put on the guitar I have the room to move across the stage. I now also have a third keyboard that sits off to my right forming an L-shaped keyboard set up.

                    I also just opened up a box with my new keytar inside last night! I hope to use it 4-5 times a night.
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                    • #25
                      Usually at an angle to my left, as I'm left-handed and so my guitar is pointing right. That way my guitar neck isn't in the way when I need them.
                      Originally Posted by Motorik


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                      • #26
                        Usually at an angle to my left, as I'm left-handed and so my guitar is pointing right. That way my guitar neck isn't in the way when I need them.


                        Good point. That's the main reason I set up stage-right. If I were left-handed, I'm sure I'd be setting up on the other side of the stage.
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                        • #27
                          Good point. That's the main reason I set up stage-right. If I were left-handed, I'm sure I'd be setting up on the other side of the stage.


                          I've had more than one mishap on stage that forced me to start setting up as I now do, including a time I actually snapped a key on my (crappy cheap) keyboard when my headstock whacked it.

                          Playing on small stages also means playing Tetris with gear too...20ft square stage+ me+ bassist+drummer on flats kit= squashed.
                          Originally Posted by Motorik


                          [Prog rockers are] all babes. It's like the Miss World contest, but with sudden changes of time-signature.

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                          • #28

                            Playing on small stages also means playing Tetris with gear too...20ft square stage+ me+ bassist+drummer on flats kit= squashed.


                            No doubt.

                            That's why I like playing with girls in the band. If I gotta be squished up against other musicians it's nice if they at least smell good.
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                            • #29
                              No doubt.

                              That's why I like playing with girls in the band. If I gotta be squished up against other musicians it's nice if they at least smell good.


                              I play in an all-male band, but I'm not complaining!
                              Originally Posted by Motorik


                              [Prog rockers are] all babes. It's like the Miss World contest, but with sudden changes of time-signature.

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                              • #30
                                If you're singing: front and center. If not, off to the side as already described. Simple. NEXT
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