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#2901700 - 01/12/18 05:07 PM Keyboarder?
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Are you called anything other than a keyboardist, when you perform?

I've always been a keyboardist, pianist or organist. Never been called a synthesist, although that's a label I'd be proud to wear. Musician would be fine too, though when you play like I do .... roll

Recently, I was introduced as a keyboarder and I wondered if in some musical culture that is a real thing and I just don't know about it?

Run into any unusual or funny titles? grin

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#2901701 - 01/12/18 05:09 PM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: JerryA]
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I've been introduced as a keyboarder in Europe.

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#2901704 - 01/12/18 05:44 PM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Originally Posted By: JerryA
Are you called anything other than a keyboardist, when you perform?

I've been called LOTS of things. Out of respect for the forum rules, I'll just let you use your imagination.

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#2901706 - 01/12/18 05:52 PM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: #%$(#]
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Im pretty sure its derogatory. Id be offended.
Almost worse than being called a musicer.
Or... guitarist. A stringster! Twanger! Strummer! wink
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#2901708 - 01/12/18 05:54 PM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: JerryA]
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Originally Posted By: JerryA

Recently, I was introduced as a keyboarder and I wondered if in some musical culture that is a real thing and I just don't know about it?


it's just like a surfboarder without the water. laugh
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#2901710 - 01/12/18 06:02 PM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: davedoerfler]
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I always thought that "synthesist" was a contrived, phony sounding name. I prefer synthesizer player or synth player.

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#2901715 - 01/12/18 06:25 PM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: Ed A.]
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A drummer used to refer to me as the keyboards player, since I played more than one. Sounded dumb then, sounds dumb now.

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#2901733 - 01/12/18 09:01 PM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: ksoper]
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Originally Posted By: ksoper
A drummer used to refer to me as the keyboards player, since I played more than one.
Did he call himself a drumser?
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#2901734 - 01/12/18 09:13 PM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: Tom Williams]
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The only thing I hate is when some one tries introduce me as "our pianist" ...

... and it comes out sounding like the word for male genitalia.

Big laughs all around smile
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#2901752 - 01/13/18 03:27 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: cphollis]
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Audience members used to be called the boy on the organ...even though I was playing a piano. Actually am still occasionally referred to as the boy even at 47??
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#2901756 - 01/13/18 04:02 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: Dockeys]
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#2901760 - 01/13/18 05:12 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: JerryA]
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I've been called a piano player, organ player, and keyboard player, but never a keyboarder.

Although... sometimes I get keybored. snax
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#2901761 - 01/13/18 05:13 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: BuckW]
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Honestly, there is no easy way to describe a keys player. I am introduced as "Paul, on keys". To most people, a keyboard is something attached to a computer. We need a more macho title. For now, I like "keys player, on keys" etc.

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#2901764 - 01/13/18 06:19 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: theGman]
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Trekkie, Trekker... Which one is wearing the keytar?
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#2901765 - 01/13/18 06:25 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: AnotherScott]
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Working solo almost every time I show up to play a party it's "here's the DJ" I do mix in some DJ stuff at parties but still bill myself as a musician who can also throw in some DJ tunes. As long as I get paid it's all good.
Never heard the term Keyboarder, sounds like something to do with Surfing.

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#2901766 - 01/13/18 06:32 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: AnotherScott]
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Originally Posted By: AnotherScott
Trekkie, Trekker... Which one is wearing the keytar?


Ask Bridgit:

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#2901773 - 01/13/18 07:17 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: Synthoid]
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I absolutely HATE the term Keyboarder...

Some of my friends will call me that in jest just to get a rise out of me.

I don't know why, but it conjures up an image of an awkward guy with a Casio Portatone.

I prefer "keyboard player", "synth player", etc. Synthesist would be alright, but it sounds a bit dated.
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#2901779 - 01/13/18 07:30 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: Sundown]
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I started on piano, then switched to organ. Now Im the pianist organist ever...........

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#2901784 - 01/13/18 07:38 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: lightbg]
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In a promo-pack a few bands ago, my bio described me as "A man passionately and somewhat disturbingly obsessed with his organ."
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#2901789 - 01/13/18 07:56 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: brenner13]
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I'm always introduced as "on keys, dan"

I have a friend who in his band bio says his instrument is "synthesizer". He uses an old XK1 organ, a P120 piano, and a random synth, usually a Yamaha MX type board. When someone says to me they play synthesizer, I picture something with lots of knobs, a big modular system, a stack of va's or analogs. Not a P120!
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#2901791 - 01/13/18 08:00 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: DanL]
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I love the old days of liner notes when the keyboard player was listed with specific instruments:

Rick Wakeman: Hammond organ, Mellotron, Piano, Moog Synthesizer
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#2901795 - 01/13/18 08:14 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: DanL]
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#2901796 - 01/13/18 08:19 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: waygetter]
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Keys player or keys guy!
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#2901800 - 01/13/18 08:28 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: KeyMoe]
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I admit I like synthesist, but "keyboardist" feels more accurate for me.
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#2901803 - 01/13/18 08:38 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: Tom Williams]
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#2901806 - 01/13/18 08:43 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: cphollis]
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Originally Posted By: cphollis
The only thing I hate is when some one tries introduce me as "our pianist" ...

... and it comes out sounding like the word for male genitalia.
...


I never understood this.

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#2901807 - 01/13/18 08:46 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: AnotherScott]
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Call me whatever you want, just make sure you spell my name right on the check.....

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#2901819 - 01/13/18 09:54 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: JerryA]
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Originally Posted By: JerryA
Are you called anything other than a keyboardist...

Run into any unusual or funny titles? grin


From the early 1980s - "board man", though the rural southern pronunciation ended up being "boad mayne"
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#2901821 - 01/13/18 10:09 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Originally Posted By: ElmerJFudd
Im pretty sure its derogatory. Id be offended.
Almost worse than being called a musicer.
Or... guitarist. A stringster! Twanger! Strummer! wink

You know, you could turn everything around to introduce the band...

Keyboarder, drummist, singist, guitarer, basser...

"Ladies and gentlemen I'd like to introduce our basser ____________ who has discovered that grooving in low frequencies appeals to his basser instincts."
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#2901826 - 01/13/18 10:36 AM Re: Keyboarder? [Re: Ed A.]
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Originally Posted By: Ed A.
I always thought that "synthesist" was a contrived, phony sounding name.

I disagree. There are synth players that may be great players, but do little more than tweak a synthesizer's presets.

I would say being labeled as a synthesist would be a compliment that (hopefully) reflects skill and originality in sonic sculpting.
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