You can use the piano to arrange your band…and make sure that everyone has their correct place. Have you ever wondered why you can’t hear people sometimes?? Just maybe it is not the sound guy’s fault.
The piano has a wide range of notes, from low to high, which helps arrange your band. Start with a little drum beat in the background. Since your bass is typically is down around the bottom of the keyboard, come up with a simple bass line in that area.
Add in a middle part, but don’t go too low, typically around little C. Come up with a rhythm that goes with the bass line and drum beat without muddling it up too much. You don’t want everyone playing in the middle section of the keyboard because it muddies up the sound. This middle sound should be played by the piano and a guitarist.
An electric guitar should go higher to give a different sound, spreading out the sounds. Add a flute part up even higher on the keyboard. That will give more variety.
The key to a great arrangement is to spread out the sounds. If there’s nothing to add or you have nothing to play, then don’t play. A mature musician knows when to hold back and not make things so complicated with sound.
Hopefully, that clears up some of the confusion around arranging your band with the piano!
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