Digital Keyboard, also known as electronic keyboard (shortly called Keyboard) is a musical instrument with series of keys, arranged in black and white. It’s an electrophone. In band, its importance cannot be overemphasized.
Just as the name implies, without the keyboard in a band, the keys will be uncertain. To be sure of the keys, other instruments must be tuned to correspond with it. Tuning session (the time during which musical instruments are tuned) is the only time you are permitted to ask the keyboardist questions concerning keys.
The writer of this article has been a keyboard player for the past few years. When it comes to listen and play (gospel and secular music), he’s there. He’s also a good accompanist. He’s a certified musicologist. He’s a teacher of music, in theory and practice. He’s the CEO of Newpage Music International. Newpage Music International gives you a new lease of life.
On stage, He is highly disciplined. If the chord isn’t apt, He doesn’t apply. Sometimes when he plays, you’ll be wondering who is playing because he doesn’t really look like the one playing. That is why people who don’t really know him sometimes doubt his musical prowess. The last two sentences are on a lighter note though. Now, let’s go back to the business at hand.
In band performance, change of key should not be a problem. If it’s listen and play (what people fondly called copyright), every player should know when to change the key, and the key to which it’s changed. This should be done during rehearsals.
But if it’s accompaniment (a situation where band accompanies a singer or group of singers) like praise and worship session in church, I see no issue as well. It’s not the duty of the keyboardist to be announcing a change of key on stage. As a player of musical instrument, always use your ears. If you can’t use your ears, go back to your tutor and ask him/her to give you EAR TRAINING. It’s very important. It’s part of your musicianship
Once the song key is changed by the singer/singers (often times by a semitone above), you have to do the same. As an accompanist, that is your duty. You don’t wait until the keyboardist tells you to do so. Use your ears.
In music, ears are the judges. That is why music is elementarily defined as “a series of organized or ordered sounds, which is pleasant to the ears. So, always use your ears. Take note of the clause, “pleasant to the ears.”
In fact, if you are asked to define the term music and the clause or something similar to it is not heard or seen, you may be scored down because of its incompleteness. The whole effort of man in making music is to please the listeners.