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Look for a second-hand electric piano with some other sounds. A laptop is nothing but a nuisance on a gig.


I've played both types. The non-weighted GOOD keyboards are significantly easier for a non-pianist to play. The hammer-weighted actions are better if you want a touch-response (velocity) that emulates a real piano. Some people say the non-weighted or non-hammer-action are toys; they aren't. Some of them are very good (thinking of the Kawai K5000 keyboard ...


Pianos are constructed to performed highly nuanced music where everything depends on the proficiency of a performer that can apply a whole range of touche. Synthesisers are made to preform music that doesn't need nuances or any proficiency from the player – everything can be controlled by the envelopes of each synth or external controllers. The advantages ...


I think it's just a standard power chord played on guitar, possibly looped, then fed through a low pass VCF with some resonance, modulated by a sawtooth LFO. Some additional equalizing should give you a really close approximation.


To add to all the very good answers - consider reading a treatise on orchestration in your spare time. Ravel's and Stravinskij's are public domain, as is Rimskij-Korsakov's: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33900/33900-h/33900-h.htm I realize how absurdly wacky this sounds, especially since it's not exactly a light read, but in there are exposed some ...


Having just done an acid test, for me, trills using a proper piano action are easier to execute than doing them on an 'organ' type 'board. This may be because I play a lot more on pianos than keyboards, though. The bounce back seems to help the control. Having said that, there are lots of trill type bits in Bach's organ works, so it is quite possible to do ...

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