Tuesday Training – Piano Playing vs. Keyboard Playing Follow Up

Ryan Egan —  March 27, 2007 — 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the difference between piano playing and keyboard playing.  I had mentioned that I would tell you why it was important to know the difference and ways that you can make the switch.

First, why it’s important:

  • The lyrical content of songs for worship should always be the most important element.  Learning to play more of a keyboard style helps let the singers come through and the music become secondary.
  • That being said, style of music is also important.  It is important to be able to not make a modern song sound like a classical piece.
  • If you are part of a full band, keyboard playing helps create texture.  Too much piano playing makes the mix muddy.  You can play fills in the cracks where there are no lyrics, but texture is key.
  • Keyboards are much more portable than pianos. 🙂

Now, how do you learn how to do these things?

It is so important to know the difference between piano playing and keyboard playing, and to know when to appropriately use each skill.

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Ryan is a follower of Christ, husband, father, worship leader, & creative. He is heavily involved in the Association of Free Lutheran Churches and desires to teach others to live a life of worship in everything they do.