#1
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I intend of starting a prog metal band later in life when I actually get good at bass and I only want one guitarist and a keyboardist. I was just discussing this with my friend who is a massive Dream Theater fan and he said that for a keyboard to replace the second guitar the keyboardist must be super awesome like Jordan Rudess. I was wondering if this is true or not and if it is how good mus the keyboardist be? Like what grade or whatever.
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#2
The keyboardist's technical skill isn't as important as his creativity/writing ability. It would help if they could play some technical stuff, but as long as the music sounds good and blends with the rest of the band, you wouldn't have any problem.
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#3
I would disagree. The keyboard isn't replacing anything, it's just an instrument you choose to add. It's just their style, and potentially yours. I wouldn't worry about grade or levels or anything, as long as they're competent enough to gig and write awesome music then who cares if they're not playing keyboard solos at 200 notes per second, unless that's what you want.
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#4
I would say that he could be a C+, but you're best off with one of those B- keyboardists. You know the ones I'm talking about.
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#7
Keyboards are rubbish for solos and whatnot IMO, but are brilliant for melody and ambient atmospheric shit. So more creative than technically amazing, IMO.
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Keyboards are rubbish for solos and whatnot IMO, but are brilliant for melody and ambient atmospheric shit. So more creative than technically amazing, IMO.

This too. I don't listen to Dream Theater much (the only metal band I know of with a keyboard), but I feel the keyboard is the best part of the rhythm section. For solos though I just want guitar or the occasional bass solo.
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A good prog band is a band where the members can show off their technique and blend the sound together into something good at the same time..... if you find a keyboardist who can do that, you're set.

Otherwise you end up with a band like Cream.... who would all just play their own thing on stage together and suck truckloads of dick (I'm a big Cream fan btw)
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#14
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I don't think that's true at all, but are you going to have a drummer?


Yes of course. How would I function without one? I can't imagine that.

I think I should add now: I want the keyboardist to be very audible and virtuoso!
Good advice from everyone however.
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