Im trying to figure out how can I get the keyboard/piano line for my live music when my keyboard player is absent? Durms and guitar/bass are always there. What can I do?

  • It's not exactly easy to understand what you're asking here, might be a good idea to rephrase / expand. – leftaroundabout Mar 16 '17 at 20:16

A couple of options:

  • make charts of the keyboard part and find a substitute player for the gig

  • record the keyboard parts and have a playback device that you can send into the PA or an amp.

Finding a sub that can play the charts can be difficult, and may require additional rehearsals, or clean charts and a competent player. Their pay may be higher than what the band members normally get also.

Playing to a recording can be an issue in a live show as it is difficult to reset the groove if the band starts to drift. That being said, I know two different bands that use a laptop on stage to play additional parts. The bands rehearse with the parts and their drummers are good so they don't have any issues.

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  • Because our drummer, keyboards and rhythm guitar are the same person, we record drums and synths and play them back for our live gigs as our backing track. – Doktor Mayhem Mar 18 '17 at 8:16
  • What do you use for the playback? – Alphonso Balvenie Mar 19 '17 at 20:29
  • We run it direct from Cubase on a laptop, through stereo DI box into house PA, typically, but we have 4 or 5 potions in case of challenges – Doktor Mayhem Mar 19 '17 at 20:31
  • And we sync to the backing through our monitors – Doktor Mayhem Mar 19 '17 at 20:31
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    Interesting definition of 'live' :-) – Laurence Payne Apr 15 '17 at 21:50

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