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Do you move when you play? #2985534 04/17/19 12:12 AM
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It's hard to stay still when you're feeling it.



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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: waygetter] #2985547 04/17/19 01:56 AM
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Bro, you got this.


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: MotiDave] #2985549 04/17/19 02:47 AM
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Yes.

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Sometimes when I finish playing something and I back away from the keys or turn away to stand, I've got this stupid feeling of accomplishment and my arms won't come down to my sides. I'm thinking to myself this feels way to gay, I better go rebuild my truck or something.


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: Throbert] #2985552 04/17/19 03:33 AM
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I get very animated behind keyboards; when some folks pointed this out (meaning to be positive) I got quite self-conscious, and it took about a month for me to relax and let it resume.

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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: Tom Williams] #2985559 04/17/19 06:31 AM
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Ive always moved. Maybe it was a rock thing. I was doing it for myself, but I know folks liked to watch.

Contrast that to most of the trad jazz players Im with. Swinging hard, and absolutely no movement. And Ill get an occasional WTF look from them when I start a side to side sway like Ray or Stevie. rockit

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My guitar player has got some cool moves, but he's got quite a few cringe moves too. Sometimes I mimic his moves for a good laugh but he doesn't even notice. It's hard not to move on bass -- slow dancing the groove, excitedly responding to a great fill or groove from the drummer, dodging the singer when he backs up suddenly towards the drums.

Moving while playing keys is a little more forced. Usually just some head bopping, a couple smear flairs, but mostly concentration, especially while foot dancing playing extra parts with my feet.

Lately I've taken to shooting my hands in the air at the end, like a sports goal score, esp if I hear a hoot from the audience. But if I fumbled the song I don't move much. Hard to tell audience reaction since my keys face towards the side of the stage instead of to the front.

Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: El Lobo] #2985585 04/17/19 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted By: El Lobo
Yes.

+1.

Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: CowboyNQ] #2985596 04/17/19 11:10 AM
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It depends. When I play jazz, I'm usually rather still, except perhaps for those moments of big involvement at the peak of a solo... also, I sit down when I play the piano (obviously).

Otoh, when I'm standing up playing stronger music with a powerful rhythm section I tend to do little dances, and give the audience a little show. However, I haven't found myself in such situations for a while, and maybe by now I'm a bit old to engage in that kind of thing... or maybe not. I would like to test myself... smile

Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: marino] #2985599 04/17/19 11:26 AM
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I move too much , I have to tap,!meaning it can be exhausting during long gigs.


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: marino] #2985603 04/17/19 11:45 AM
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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: samuelblupowitz] #2985605 04/17/19 11:55 AM
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It sure felt like I was moving, but then I got a Nord, in-ears, and sold the van.


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: samuelblupowitz] #2985607 04/17/19 11:58 AM
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As I have heard someone say, to watch a keyboard player can be about as exciting as watching someone iron clothes. -unless you're movin'!


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: waygetter] #2985609 04/17/19 12:08 PM
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Why yes I do.

Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: ABECK] #2985614 04/17/19 12:18 PM
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Yes and a lot more since I started using a wireless mic.


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: Toano88] #2985615 04/17/19 12:25 PM
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I mostly play sitting down so it's mostly limited to this kind of thing. I tend to sway around a bit more when playing accordion.

Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: CowboyNQ] #2985617 04/17/19 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted By: CowboyNQ
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Yes.

+1.

+1 more.

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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: Dave Bryce] #2985620 04/17/19 01:03 PM
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I can't. not. move. Nothing crazy, but I'm always swaying in the least.

I could've sworn there was an article some time ago exploring the science of how physically moving to the beat of a song helped the musician keep a more consistent tempo throughout the course of the song, but I can't find it.

I was playing at a bar band gig when some dude came up between songs and said he wanted to dance with me <insert record scratch sound here>. He gauged mine and the band's reaction and said "You just look like you're having such a good time." I politely declined his invitation.

So go ahead and move, just not too much. wink

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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: hatricklov] #2985648 04/17/19 02:17 PM
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absolutely. one reason i play standing up


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: MotiDave] #2985650 04/17/19 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted By: MotiDave
absolutely. one reason i play standing up


+1

Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: The Real MC] #2985652 04/17/19 02:27 PM
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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: The Real MC] #2985654 04/17/19 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted By: The Real MC


PERFECT. roll


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: The Real MC] #2985655 04/17/19 02:31 PM
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I move a lot more than I realize. I see myself back on video and think "Sheesh, I look like an idiot," but I've had enough people tell me I don't that I mostly don't worry about it any more.

Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: Josh Paxton] #2985659 04/17/19 02:43 PM
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Depends.. but being still is not natural. My feet like to do steps as I am seated... toe heel with both feet. I feel the riddums, very strongly...and why shouldn't I move? Hey who in the hell do you think you are? I take umbrage with that remark... I'll move any time I like.

I am in a weird habit at times, depending on band an instrument.. of looking at iPhone.. I am not sure how it comes off to audience..

But seriously, I think rhythmic music warrants movement in time with what you feel.


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: I-missRichardTee] #2985667 04/17/19 02:57 PM
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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: Dreamchilde] #2985671 04/17/19 03:08 PM
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Like Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles!!! I am getting neck aches just thinking about it!!!


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I sing lead on most songs for my cover band so I move a lot. I also will try to interact with the crowd as best I can. For the tribute act I am in, I don't sing lead and more focused on my playing, but I still try to "look alive". I play standing up and I think that is important when singing lead. My vocal coach also encourages me to be physical as her claim is that is helpful for singing. Bouncing a bit is helpful for singing and pitch.


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I sit as well so movement is there but limited. What I didn't realize and friends laugh at are facial ticks and grimaces, or pursed lips and other minor face movements that appear in tougher passages or parts that require more precision in timing.


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Re: Do you move when you play? [Re: Dreamchilde] #2985688 04/17/19 04:39 PM
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Sitting (85% w/band, 100 at the piano) I tend rock side to side slightly eventually as most piano players do almost involuntarily when they get going... similar to Ray Charles in movement but not half as demonstrative as his move... that's kind of a common thing when playing piano for a lot of players I think, the piano itself lends itself to feeling that with a rhythm going - rock side to side - two hands reaching for the upper and lower portions of the piano .. I will tap time with my left foot also at times and can get that going pretty good also but I sit fairly still a lot of the time. Maybe most of it!

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Sometimes more than I'd planned. I was playing on a low, small stage out in a field; and was backed into a small corner. One of the legs of my keyboard throne drifted over the edge, and during an organ solo I fell backward onto the grass. Glad it was relatively soft landing, at least. A fellow player in Denver did something similar, but fell square on his back onto concrete - fracturing two vertebrae. I ended up subbing a couple weeks worth of dates for him.


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