Someone who knows not to play all the time. That has always been my frustration with keyboard players is that they have trouble NOT playing. Like some songs don't need keys at all, but a person behind a keyboard has trouble doing nothing for a whole song. Even harder for two songs. Or to just hold one note forever.
I want keys that are boring for the most part. Sometimes you just need keys to thicken a guitar part and that's it. I'd like someone who knows how to take a "producer" approach to things. A pad here, a sample there, a drum loop in the bridge, a spacey rhodes intro, simple, plain, unobtrusive. With a good ear for how to add to what's going on without changing direction.
Here are Ken's Five Rules For Keyboards:
1. Use one hand at a time.
2. Use three fingers or less.
3. Don't play eighth notes.
4. Especially don't play sixteenth notes.
5. NEVER play that piano/strings combo patch.
Get me? :-) Now don't get me wrong. Yes, I do like an occasional song led more by the keys, where the guitar plays a backing role, or doesn't play at all. In that case, the above rules do not apply. But most of the time I find "less is more" when it comes to keys.
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