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#2483960 - Yesterday at 08:18 AM question on piano and other isntruments
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Registered: 04/15/15
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How important is it to understand how the other instruments work if you want to play piano in a band? Playing piano in a band is very different playing by yourself. What practical things do one need to do before playing a band? Do you learn about other instruments or do you just go with your piano knowledge?

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#2484049 - Yesterday at 01:08 PM Re: question on piano and other isntruments [Re: iamanders]
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iamanders, I'll reveal a terrible secret: ANY musician must have the idea of more than one instrument like the one- classical or jazz. I'll reveal a terrible secret: ANY musician must have the idea of more than one instrument This can be seen everywhere by a large number of non pianists who somehow playing the keyboard. In the orchestra piano is part of the rhythm section, and is located between drums, guitar and bass. The pianist must have the concept of those three instruments in order to create a rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and the register coordination.

#2484205 - Yesterday at 09:11 PM Re: question on piano and other isntruments [Re: iamanders]
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I’d say the most important things are:

1. Being able to stay in time. Playing with others is very different to playing by yourself, it will completely ruin the song if you go off on your own tempo, have hesitations or get out of sync with the others. Practice with a metronome if you’re worried about your abilities.
2. Know what to play to complement to the song. Music is not just the more the merrier. What are the other instruments in the band playing and what are you contributing with the keyboard/piano? A piano can pretty much do everything musically speaking, but for a beginner this is often a recipe for disaster. If the music is lacking something you can plug that (like melody/bass/chords), but really the trick is knowing what not to play most of the time.
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