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Old 01-12-08, 05:53 PM
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Why doesn't Rock Band have keyboards?

I understand that not every song has keys, but there are plenty that do. The keys could even double some bass lines to 'keep busy'. Hell, you can't even do a bass player solo career, so that could be the same with keys. The screen already has alot of space taken up (In local play), so maybe have the keys as an alternate to another instrument, bass for example. Online is a different story, you could have up to 5 people jamming.

As for songs, a ton of great songs could be added from Van Halen (Jump/Right Now), Journey(Seperate Ways), Pink Floyd (tons), Dio (Rainbow in the Dark), Crue (Home Sweet Home), Bon Jovi (Lay your hands), Deep Purple (Highway Star, Lazy/Space Truckin/Perfect Strangers), Ozzy (Mister Crowley), etc... The list is endless of good songs that have keyboards in them.

I think keyboards would be cool because it's a precise instrument. Sure you have to hit notes with the other instruments, but with keyboards, easy could be one or two fingers, and move up to chords with both hands. Another thing is, you would actually be playing the keyboard on the actual keys, basically teaching you how to play (for real). The key periphal could be something like 22 keys or so. Seems like an easy instrument to port into a game like RB.

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My friends and I were talking about that. I can't remember which song, but there's one that has like a 30 second keyboard solo at the end. It would be cool if the had a sequel or expansion pack that added a keyboard.
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Probably wasn't included because it would add to the already high cost. It would be good as an add on though.
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You'd only have a 10 Key keyboard.
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It's Rock Band, not Whiny Indie Band.
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I'd rather have a pan flute expansion release.
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
My friends and I were talking about that. I can't remember which song, but there's one that has like a 30 second keyboard solo at the end. It would be cool if the had a sequel or expansion pack that added a keyboard.
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Because

Keyboards =/= RAWK
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Originally Posted by FusionX
I'd rather have a ...flute expansion release.
Edited, and damn straight, we need some Tull!
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Because they have to save something for ROCK BAND 2....
Old 01-13-08, 04:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Arpeggi
It's Rock Band, not Whiny Indie Band.
Regularly voted greatest live act in the entire world, you really don't realize what you are missing:

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Originally Posted by Arpeggi
It's Rock Band, not Whiny Indie Band.
The Beatles were a whiny indie band?
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Originally Posted by aktick
Edited, and damn straight, we need some Tull!
Jethro Tull FTW indeed.
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They are saving the keyboards for Pop Band.
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Originally Posted by DVDChris
They are saving the keyboards for Pop Band.
Obviously you n00bs have never heard of Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, or Jordan Rudess.
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Originally Posted by ZFGokuSSJ1
Obviously you n00bs have never heard of Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, or Jordan Rudess.
Add John Lord & Richard Wright to the list. People think keys make music weak, but there are plenty of great rock songs that have keys, including several on Rock Band & the GH series. Tom Sawyer, Highway Star, and Frankenstein come to mind. I think if the right songs were added, keyboards would be awesome.
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Have you guys ever played piano/keyboard? It's probably as difficult if not more than playing drums. Unless they make a 5 key keyboard, which would be lame.
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why am I a newb. You're the one with "Cool New Member" under your name.
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Originally Posted by Arpeggi
It's Rock Band, not Whiny Indie Band.
Originally Posted by DVDChris
They are saving the keyboards for Pop Band.



You fail.
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It's pretty obvious why. In the grand scheme of instruments pertaining to rock music, singer, guitar, bass, and drums rank higher then keyboards.
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You fail.
Wow, I actually forgot about Won't Get Fooled Again...awesome!!

And yes, I've played keyboards in our band. It was only a few songs because I'm a guitar player, but I picked up on it fairly quick. Sure it can be crazy, but so can playing the guitar & drums. There's only 12 notes, so why couldn't it be a 36-48 key board?
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May I be the first to suggest: Keytar!!!

And Foreplay/Longtime would be cool on keyboard.
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Keyboard is the natural progression in the rhythm game series.
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Keyboards are great. They make Deep Purple, and many other bands. They add depth and smoothness. Which doesn't take away from hardness!!! Add more layers = yes!!!

Also, if you have kids, adding a keyboard is a no brainer in terms of learning life skills.
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Originally Posted by DaveWadding
Because

Keyboards =/= RAWK
Then explain this:

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