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  • Keyboard players - why so hard to find?

    I can't, for the life of me, figure this out. When I put an ad on Craigslist for bass players, who are notoriously hard to find, I got dozens of responses, all very enthusiastic. When I put an ad for a keyboard player, it might as well have just been a blank ad! Nothing. Weeks go by. Months. Nothing.



    Can someone tell me if there is something inherently terrifying to keyboard players about our band or something? This is the link I am putting in the ad (they can hear all of the music from our CD): http://www.shadowcircusmusic.com/audio.



    I thought it might be because most are looking for paying gigs, but I didn't specify that...
    Good deals: pianorocker

    ..::.PROG LIVES!.::..

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    Keyboard is hard to play, and most bands want you to play pedal tones throughout 90% of the set, then blaze away at some theoretically impossible part for the remaining 10% of the set.
    Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

    Find our album on iTunes!

    A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







    Originally Posted by gennation


    Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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    • #3
      Keyboard is hard to play, and most bands want you to play pedal tones throughout 90% of the set, then blaze away at some theoretically impossible part for the remaining 10% of the set.
      Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

      Find our album on iTunes!

      A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







      Originally Posted by gennation


      Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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      • #4






        Quote Originally Posted by jplanet
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        I thought it might be because most are looking for paying gigs, but I didn't specify that...




        It's pretty obvious from the link that you won't be playing gigs that pay competitively with upper level stuff, which is generally more keyboard-friendly anyway.
        Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

        Find our album on iTunes!

        A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







        Originally Posted by gennation


        Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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        • #5






          Quote Originally Posted by jplanet
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          I thought it might be because most are looking for paying gigs, but I didn't specify that...




          It's pretty obvious from the link that you won't be playing gigs that pay competitively with upper level stuff, which is generally more keyboard-friendly anyway.
          Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

          Find our album on iTunes!

          A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







          Originally Posted by gennation


          Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

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          • #6
            That's a shame. It's a fun gig for anybody who grew up listening to Jon Lord, Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman...all songs were written on keyboards, and musically is very challenging throughout...And a tour is very likely...hmmm...maybe I should specify those things...
            Good deals: pianorocker

            ..::.PROG LIVES!.::..

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            • #7
              That's a shame. It's a fun gig for anybody who grew up listening to Jon Lord, Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman...all songs were written on keyboards, and musically is very challenging throughout...And a tour is very likely...hmmm...maybe I should specify those things...
              Good deals: pianorocker

              ..::.PROG LIVES!.::..

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              • #8
                I've got two keyboard players, both with amazing keyboards and I could have a whole freakin orchestra of JUST keyboard players if I wanted to. They're really easy to find here, it's probably the scene you're in.

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                • #9
                  I've got two keyboard players, both with amazing keyboards and I could have a whole freakin orchestra of JUST keyboard players if I wanted to. They're really easy to find here, it's probably the scene you're in.

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                  • #10
                    Where are you? We'll move there!
                    Good deals: pianorocker

                    ..::.PROG LIVES!.::..

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                    • #11
                      Where are you? We'll move there!
                      Good deals: pianorocker

                      ..::.PROG LIVES!.::..

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                      • #12
                        I'm a keyboard player - and gave a quick listen to the audio on the link you posted. Nice stuff, good production - obviously very pro. Yet in the next breath, I'll tell you that I likely wouldn't respond to a Craiglist posting for your gig as a keys player. Although it's clearly solid material - I can't picture anywhere around town where material like yours is being played. That more than anything would probably keep me from responding. (...and that's not because I don't like the material - I simply struggle to see the market....)
                        The SpaceNorman

                        www.facebook.com/SuperstarsOfRock
                        www.souldoutrocks.com

                        Keyboards and Tone Generators: Yamaha CP300, Kronos 88, Roland AX Synth, Motif ES Rack
                        Keyboard Rack: Samson SM10 Line Mixer, Motu MIDIExpressXT MIDI Interface, Shure PSM200 IEM system, M-Audio Wireless MIDI, Live Wires IEM ear buds, iPad wOnSong.
                        Stage Amplification: Stereo via 2 Yamaha DSR112s

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                        • #13
                          I'm a keyboard player - and gave a quick listen to the audio on the link you posted. Nice stuff, good production - obviously very pro. Yet in the next breath, I'll tell you that I likely wouldn't respond to a Craiglist posting for your gig as a keys player. Although it's clearly solid material - I can't picture anywhere around town where material like yours is being played. That more than anything would probably keep me from responding. (...and that's not because I don't like the material - I simply struggle to see the market....)
                          The SpaceNorman

                          www.facebook.com/SuperstarsOfRock
                          www.souldoutrocks.com

                          Keyboards and Tone Generators: Yamaha CP300, Kronos 88, Roland AX Synth, Motif ES Rack
                          Keyboard Rack: Samson SM10 Line Mixer, Motu MIDIExpressXT MIDI Interface, Shure PSM200 IEM system, M-Audio Wireless MIDI, Live Wires IEM ear buds, iPad wOnSong.
                          Stage Amplification: Stereo via 2 Yamaha DSR112s

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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by SpaceNorman
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                            I'm a keyboard player - and gave a quick listen to the audio on the link you posted. Nice stuff, good production - obviously very pro. Yet in the next breath, I'll tell you that I likely wouldn't respond to a Craiglist posting for your gig as a keys player. Although it's clearly solid material - I can't picture anywhere around town where material like yours is being played. That more than anything would probably keep me from responding. (...and that's not because I don't like the material - I simply struggle to see the market....)




                            Ah! Very helpful information. Helpful because, I can certainly set those concerns at ease - we have a good following and many venues lined up - the only thing that's holding up the gigs, ironically, is a lack of a keyboard player - the venues and audience are in abundance. We even get major FM radio airplay in Holland and Germany, and could probably pack some decent sized clubs over there.



                            We actually passed up on playing any gigs after our first album simply because auditions were taking so long that we just went into the studio and did another album...there are enough fans and venues to book an east coast tour, and four major progressive rock festivals every year that we could be playing...



                            What I don't get is - how does a bass player see these possibilities, even a drummer and a vocalist, but not a keyboard player? What's different about that instrument that changes the perspective?
                            Good deals: pianorocker

                            ..::.PROG LIVES!.::..

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                            • #15






                              Quote Originally Posted by SpaceNorman
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                              I'm a keyboard player - and gave a quick listen to the audio on the link you posted. Nice stuff, good production - obviously very pro. Yet in the next breath, I'll tell you that I likely wouldn't respond to a Craiglist posting for your gig as a keys player. Although it's clearly solid material - I can't picture anywhere around town where material like yours is being played. That more than anything would probably keep me from responding. (...and that's not because I don't like the material - I simply struggle to see the market....)




                              Ah! Very helpful information. Helpful because, I can certainly set those concerns at ease - we have a good following and many venues lined up - the only thing that's holding up the gigs, ironically, is a lack of a keyboard player - the venues and audience are in abundance. We even get major FM radio airplay in Holland and Germany, and could probably pack some decent sized clubs over there.



                              We actually passed up on playing any gigs after our first album simply because auditions were taking so long that we just went into the studio and did another album...there are enough fans and venues to book an east coast tour, and four major progressive rock festivals every year that we could be playing...



                              What I don't get is - how does a bass player see these possibilities, even a drummer and a vocalist, but not a keyboard player? What's different about that instrument that changes the perspective?
                              Good deals: pianorocker

                              ..::.PROG LIVES!.::..

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