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Ever used pitch bend on a piano in a song?
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Ever use the pitch bend on an instrument it's not associated with?

In a soul/funk/R&B years ago we played some eclectic songs and we played one about a bad hangover.

So to artistically simulate the nausea usually associated with the morning after, I played some piano chords and used the PW to bend them up.

Other than that, can't think of another song I did that.

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The Real MC #3046346 05/29/20 04:20 AM
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Not yet but I am ready and willing to bend or break EVERYTHING!!!!

Because can, so will.


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I think Yanni did that on a song or two...not sure which though.


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KuruPrionz #3046556 05/30/20 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
Not yet but I am ready and willing to bend or break EVERYTHING!!!!

Because can, so will.

My man! Brings a tear of joy to my eye.

Btw I don’t have to listen to it, do I? ohmy
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Markyboard #3046590 05/30/20 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Markyboard
Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
Not yet but I am ready and willing to bend or break EVERYTHING!!!!

Because can, so will.

My man! Brings a tear of joy to my eye.

Btw I don’t have to listen to it, do I? ohmy
grin

Nobody has to listen but I gotta mess stuff up to find out what's good. I've always done this, sometimes new things happen.

Decades ago I bought a Radio Shack turntable preamp, it was $4 and stereo, intended to phono cartridges to interface them with preamps better.
Using cheap adapters, I plugged my guitar into the left channel and the output from the left channel into the input of the right channel. The output of the right channel went to my guitar amp.

It was more than the tiny circuit could handle gracefully but it did not blow up. It did start sellf oscilating, a G note the same as the open third string was the result of that. When I played other notes, two notes came out. They did not move together, rather the opposite. I had accidently made the worst possible sounding ring modulator ever. My parents did not like it, I loved it.

One day, it disappeared. I have my guesses as to where it went.

That was the beginning of my quest to mangle, abuse and invoke the hidden demons of electronica used improperly. I am calmer now but every so often...


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Not pitch bend, but I've used modulation to make a very sick piano sound....kind of like the piano at the end of Closer by NIN.


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Pff. Wimps. grin

One of my fave lead/solo sounds for live performance is an MPN grand piano patch that I play like a synth solo, with notes sliding up and down as part of phrases. You don't do it a lot, but it rivets the attention when you do... the ear doesn't expect to hear it and reacts accordingly.


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Originally Posted by J. Dan
Not pitch bend, but I've used modulation to make a very sick piano sound....kind of like the piano at the end of Closer by NIN.

Funny thing is my bandleader went up to my Korg M3 and dialed in a particular "f-d up piano" sound she was looking for. She did mention NIN as an inspiration. It was a piano patch with some pitch modulation going on.

I thought that Howard Levy did some piano note bending for his solo on this old Flecktones track, but it turns it was just some funky FX applied to the piano:


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The Real MC #3047804 06/06/20 05:05 PM
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They did something to this piano, not sure exactly what it was. Leslie on slow speed?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svTVR3DcTvY


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I think I did so once, because I was still boggled by Zappa's "Jazz From Hell." It feels too ungainly to use more than once for the joke. Its fun & legit to bend a lot of sounds, but that one doesn't really wear the hat well.


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I saw one of the last shows Ray Charles played, maybe the last, and I remember that he was doing that on piano sounds in a way that was surprising, but very good sounding.

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Originally Posted by geeteethree
I saw one of the last shows Ray Charles played, maybe the last, and I remember that he was doing that on piano sounds in a way that was surprising, but very good sounding.


I saw one of Ray Charles last performances as well. You've jogged my memory and yes, The Genius did use pitch bending on a piano sound and it did sound great.
Truly an untoppable experience, the best live show I've seen.


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I sometimes lean just a little into the pitch bend wheel while the guitarist is tuning, then I tell him that there must be a problem in his Snark. smile


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Originally Posted by Tom Williams
I sometimes lean just a little into the pitch bend wheel while the guitarist is tuning, then I tell him that there must be a problem in his Snark. smile


Imma sic my old bassist on you, he would whistle just like a microphone about to go into screaming feedback and drive everybody insane. Did it out of the side of his mouth, took a while to figure it out.
Saw a sound guy want to kill once. Funny!!!!


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I've never really done a pitch bend on an acoustic or elec piano type of sound on purpose. [I have done pitch bend on plenty of B3 organ sounds, which actually sounds pretty cool to my ear, especially for solos or doubling a guitar lead.] But one fun thing I have done a few times with sampled pianos on a synth is switch it to Mono mode for a hammer-on effect, either in normal retrigger mode or in mono legato mode. I preferred legato mode for this.

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