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Seeing as you're from Tarpon Springs, might have something to do with that. All that salt gets into the electronics making a keyboard's life very short. It's probably too expensive to be a keyboardist there.


Now in Tampa, we're a bit more inland. Less salt contamination = longer keyboard life. I've had my JP-8000 for over 5 years and it still aliases just as good as when I got her. However, I don't consider myself much of a keyboardist.




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We might just have all of the keyboard players here. That means we all should be able to make a living playing, right?


Right?? ;)

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I've noticed that too, but I'm not complaining; Grand Forks ND was the only place I had trouble finding a gig. Glad this forum is here so we can talk shop without having to do it with a drummer! :P:D


Oh, and I'm a keyboardist who's learning sax, what's the money like up there, Soultwist?


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Yeah, I play keys for 10 years now, and I've only met people that plays only piano, that have no idea about pitch-benders or layers... :o

It's so strange to me 'cause I love so much that instrument, it's really part of my life...and I spend much time in it. :confused:


Maybe in 10 years keyboard world will change into the guitar world now...


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There's not a whole lot of keyboard players in my area, either. I've "met" one...I know a couple other bands in the area have them too, but I haven't met them.


It makes it easy to get into groups when I'm looking...I mean, there are tons of guitarists, bassists and drummers. Just a few keyboardists, though. So if any group is inclined to have a keyboardist (not all are; being so few keyboardists, some groups direct themselves into a different direction than they'd go with a keyboardist), I usually don't even have to audition!


Scratch that. I NEVER auditioned.

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Well, it could be an exception, but I know several keyboardists. Not a lot maybe, but quite a few. About half of the pro pianists I know play some kind of synth too. And the 'real' keyboard players are very good - sometimes I struggle to keep up with some aspect of their playing. I find that in my country, there is by far less space in the pro music world than talented musicians who would deserve to make it. The proof: Sleight of hand, I can think of maybe five or six people in Rome alone, who I could call indifferently for a jazz gig, a rock keyboard job, a chamber music concert, or a multikeyboard session in the studio. I mean, this is just among the people I know personally.


I think that historically, good bass players are the most in demand musicians. Some of them develop a kind of divistic sense - they know how much the other musicians need them. :rolleyes:

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Originally posted by Dave Pierce:

Keyboardists are definitely less common around here than other common ensemble players. Although it's probably even harder to find a sax player.



Gosh no - There are almost as many sax players in Portland as guitarists. The place is infested.


We have a number of good keyboard players (read: better than I, sigh) in town. But still a small number.

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