September 22, 2023

The keytar lives!

Back in the 70s, musicians like Edgar Winter came up with the idea of slinging a synthesizer around their neck on a strap so they could walk around like a guitar player.

This inspired some keyboard manufacturers to come up with what was called a keytar.

To visualize things another way, the keytar concept can be described this way:

The keytar has never been much more than a curiosity, although some musicians (included Lady Gaga) still like to use one. There’s enough interest in the thing for Roland to introduce the AX-Edge, which looks like it could also double as an executioner’s axe.

Read more here.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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