Joe_Inset_nrJoe Cresanti

My current rig solves the problem of playing keys in a band that plays 90% rock-guitar-only songs. This rig has helped me be our “rhythm guitarist” (electric and acoustic) when playing the likes of Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, and Judas Priest. One example: On Zeppelin’s “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” the arpeggiator of my Korg M3 helps me play a killer mandolin, and I play an acoustic guitar on my Triton LE for the chorus. When not covering guitar parts, I need piano, organ, and synth. To fill out my guitar sounds on Scorpions and Metallica covers, I’ll play two keyboards with different guitar patches and slightly different effects, in unison but one octave apart. By alternating playing the same notes with my hands, I produce a kind of strumming/chunking that sounds cool when our guitar player solos over it. For “dueling guitar” moments with the guitarist, I use a Roland V-Synth because there are so many ways to change the expression of its sounds.

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