In this post, you will find great Keyboard Quotes from famous people, such as Sarah Zettel, Timbaland, Brian Wilson, Joshua Ferris, Sam Esmail. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
I’m a workmanlike writer. I show up every day and treat it like a job. The old rule that writing is like any other job, the first rule is that you must show up. I’m at the keyboard from 9 to 4 every day.
Because I write the music, I write the lyrics, I write the vocalmelodylines – I write everything. Just because I let somebody singsomething doesn’t mean they’re more important than the bass player or the keyboard player or the drummer.
Even though there are some great keyboard players on the album, there are a number of songs with no keyboard on them and the backing is all guitar oriented. This is first time I’ve ever done this actually.
What I was proud of was that I used very few parts to build a computer that could actually speak words on a screen and type words on a keyboard and run a programminglanguage that could play games. And I did all this myself.
At the beginning of this album I discovered the computer and had great fun playing with the thing. And I realized that, not being a good keyboard player, I could write things in very small sections, give them a certain feel and mess about with bends on the keyboard.
I had this weird fetish for making the guitar sound like it wasn’t a guitar to try and trick people into actually thinking it was a keyboard. I don’t know why that was such an obsession, why I didn’t just get a keyboard. I guess it was because I had no money.
I’ve always been into guitars… we want to put keyboards on, but keyboard players don’t look coolonstage, they just keep their heads down. There has never been a cool keyboard player, apart from Elton John.
We spend a lot of time with MIDI keyboards and various processors, and we just figure it out. And all those things you hear in our songs work as submelodies and countermelodies, and everything has to fit.
Music has always been in my family, but it was mainly keyboards. I learned to play classical piano, but when I first heard the amazing bass guitar of James Jamerson, who played on all the big Motownhits of the ’60s and ’70s, I knew bass guitar was my instrument.
Actually, because of new technologies, my fullstudio is on my laptop. And I have a little keyboard in my bag. I can make everything I do come from my laptop. Even when I go to a big studio, all I do is to plug in my laptops. That’s they way I do it.
My sister and I – she‘s a musician – we jam all the time. We always play around for giggles with stuff that seem unconventional or stuff that seemsfunny. A lot of the stuff sometimes is just a response from jam sessions in her room, so she’ll be on the guitar or the keyboard, and we’ll just start singing and doing stuff.
If I’m uncomfortable on stage, everybody can see it. I’m not very good at hiding it. I like long, loose jacketdresses – anything that I can literally have room to move in – not that I’m a very big dancer, but because sometimes I’m sitting down at the keyboard, and then sometimes I’m standing. It just has to feel good.
I was the Specials’ founder, main songwriter and keyboard player.
All my writing, I always do it in the studio, ’cause everything sounds good. The piano’s there, the keyboards; if you want to put strings on something… And everything sounds good when it’s in the cans; it sounds killer.
Somewhere around the fifth, sixth album, we got this little formula together where we knew how to record Too $hort songs. You need the bassline, a good drum pattern, call in the keyboard, the guitars – it’s just a way we mixed it all together.
Most of the stuff I learned to play, I learned in high school. I had a band in high school, a jazz-fusion thing, and I was the keyboard player. I was interested in how the instruments worked and the theory behind playing with them.
Where I thrive is with my hands on the keyboard or my pen on the paper. One of the things I get to do is I get to rewrite. I rewrite, and I work hard on my scripts. You can rewrite until you’re ‘perfect,’ and that’s something that’s safe for me.
I play trumpet. And I took all the music courses in college, so I can also play the string instruments, keyboard, the brass and woodwinds – but only well enough to teach them. If you put a violin in front of me, you wouldn’t say, ‘My God, that guy can play.’ It’d probably sound more like Jack Benny.
When I first started, all I had was the laptop and some cheap headphones. I ain’t have no speakers. You know, no Rocket speakers or no MPC. No keyboard, none of that. It just was the laptop and the headphones. Going from there, it just teaches you a lot.
In my home office, I have two large, 30-inch computer monitors – a Mac and a PC. They share the same mouse and keyboard, so I can type or copy and paste between them. I’ll typically do Web stuff on the Mac and e-mail and chat stuff on the PC.
If you look at iPod, iPod wasn’t viewed as a success, but today it’s viewed as an overnight success. The iPhone was the same way. People were writing about there’s no physical keyboard. Obviously nobody would want it.
IM is interesting because you look at your buddylist and, at a glance, see what your friends are listening to, what they’re working on, what they’re doing. The problem was that you were bound to the computer keyboard.
People say I seem very negative about new music – well, if somebody asks me what I think of Keane, I’ll tell ’em. I don’t like ’em. I’ll obviously take it a step too far and grossly insult the keyboard player’s mam or summat, but I’m afraid that’s just me.
The problem is that once I start on a song and get a rough idea of where I might go with an arrangement, I try dozens, sometimes hundreds, of different things on a song. The bass, the backing guitars, the lead guitars, the keyboards. It’s a long process. It’s like 100 steps forward and 99 steps back.
You look at keyboard warriors who just want to get on and talk bad about the people in the sport, and the problem is that everyone who’s talking bad, they wouldn’t even be able to fill a stadium with threethousand people.
Over the years, the critics have said, ‘They never change.’ Maybe the little guy’s got a new color of school uniform. I always thought, ‘Well, what were we going to change into?’ A jazz band? A keyboard band?
My writing regimen is not very regimented. I tend to be a binge writer, working sometimes in the morning and sometimes all night. When I get going I like to hunch over the keyboard until I feel totally played out.