BbAltered Posted September 14, 2016 Share Posted September 14, 2016 One of my biggest challenges with the soul band I play in is finding the right volume: too loud and the others in the band say I need to turn down; too quiet and then I want to pound the keys, tighten up, and my playing suffers. With electronic keyboards, there is a handy volume control. I generally don't use it except to match volumes during the first song; after that I usually leave it alone. There is, after all, no volume control on an AP: the player adjusts their volume thru touch and note choice. What do others do when playing AP sounds on a digital keyboard in a band? Do you use a foot controller or adjust the volume slider during your performance? When comping behind another soloist, I might play 4-6 note chords. I want the volume soft to avoid stepping on the soloist. When doing an AP solo, I want to play single note runs (which are quieter than the thick comping chords I use), but I want to be loud so I can relax and so the piano solo stands out. I myself prefer to not change the keyboard volume because 1) I don't need another task as I launch a solo; 2) actual acoustic pianos don't have volume sliders; and 3) I don't want to have to remember to re-adjust the volume down after the solo. "Piano" is the Italian word for "quiet". Fortunately, the drummer in our soul band gets this and is very good about reducing his playing and volume during the piano solo. The bass and guitar player do not get this and play loudly during solos regardless of whatever is going on. (The guitar player occasionally says the keyboards should be in the PA because he can't hear enough keys.) I myself do not have great technique nor am I a great soloist. My touch and note choice alone do not make up for the volume changes I need between comping behind others and solos in this dance band. I would like to hear how others manage this challenge. J.S. Bach Well Tempered Klavier The collected works of Scott Joplin Ray Charles Genius plus Soul Charlie Parker Omnibook Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Weather Report Mr. Gone Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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