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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Left-handed "Keytar"

barry.b
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australia

Mar 21st, 2012 12:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, those cute keyboards slung like a guitar (with a guitar strap and having strap buttons on each end) with mod wheels and ribons on a protrusion for the left hand.

Yes, I know controllers for synths have been on the left side since the '70's (I used to own a Roland SH5) because it was seen that the right hand was more domminant for the majority of people. Bad luck if your left handed.

However...

I'm a bass player - left handed playing right-handed basses (which works out really well). My left hand is the most dominant and beside, I want to use a keytar to play basslines, not melody lines: I'll be using the lowest two octaves and couldn't care about notes above that.

Why would a bass player want to switch to a keytar to play basslines? Someting interesting and challenging to do and stop me from falling asleep with the material to be played (song choices, arrangements, etc).

But, sadly, left-handed keytars don't exist (mod controllers on right) so I'm looking for alternatives:

- a short 3-1/2 octave keyboard slim enough to attach strap buttons on and sling around my neck
- some sort of mod controllers I can graft onto the right side of the keyboard and use with my right hand to balance the keytar and bend notes/shape sounds.

any suggestions?

jbryan

Minneapolis

Mar 21st, 2012 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmm...I don't know what big difference it should make to be honest. I play keys, and use both hands...including my left all the time! I'm right handed but the only thing I can think of you would want it switched for is for the "horn" or extened part of most keytars. Actually the newer Rolands don't really have that much of an extension. Not like my little Yamaha SH-10 which does have a fairly long (proportionally that is) extension. They don't make left handed pianos so...you should give a regular one a try and see what happens

barry.b
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australia

Mar 21st, 2012 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"but the only thing I can think of you would want it switched for is for the "horn" or extened part of most keytars"

that's the point. To sling it like a left-handed guitar, the "horn" is on the wrong side. I won't be using my right hand to play notes, so if my left hand is busy playing, I can't get to the controllers with my right 'cos the "horn" is on the "wrong" side.

"They don't make left handed pianos"

because piano's aren't slung like guitars: they're a table-top infront of you.

Riverside
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Mar 21st, 2012 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"any suggestions?"

Switch hands.

There's a reason why the drawbars are laid out the way they are on the vintage Hammond organs, and it has to do with how the instrument is played, rather than being a nod to "handed-ness".

Do you want the keys to be reversed as well?

barry.b
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australia

Mar 21st, 2012 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Switch hands"

Which hand do you naturally play basslines on a keyboard, even when you use two hands on a horozontal keyboard in front of you? Your left? Bingo, that's all I want to do.

Remember, I'm playing basslines, not too disimilar to Krieger from the Doors and his Rhodes bass piano. I'm not wanting to play organ or chords.

With the exception of Thomas Dolby once using both hands on a keytar, everyone using a keytar is using it for melody/lead lines/soloing. That uses their right hand for the higher notes and that makes sense to have controllers (and the little "horn") stick out for the left hand to hold (mod wheels, balancing the instrument).

But that's not how I want to use a keytar - my usage will be different.

"Do you want the keys to be reversed as well?"

no. Where they are is fine. Just let me sling a keytar over my right shoulder for my left hand to naturally fall into a playing position, and put the "horn" on the right side for the mod wheels to be used by my right hand.

(This message was last edited by barry.b at 10:09 PM, Mar 21st, 2012)

69tele

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Apr 10th, 2012 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

a different take on this would be to get a midi pickup for your bass to play synth sounds ?

barry.b
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australia

Apr 12th, 2012 12:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"a different take on this would be to get a midi pickup for your bass to play synth sounds ?"

LOL! I was hoping to use the left-handed keytar to play Bass Guitar samples!



eurotheater

USA

Jul 13th, 2013 11:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Barry B,

Did you ever find a solution? I want to do the exact same thing that you are talking about, play synth bass with my left hand.

Ryan




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