deastman wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:11 pm
Some chords are definitely awkward to play with one hand, especially 7ths. They’re much easier with two hands in a sort of parallel diagonal arrangement. I can pretty much forget about playing two handed chords with eight notes in them, which is easy on a piano keyboard. That’s fine- every instrument has its limitations. I just need to mentally map the boundaries of what is possible and what is practical.
I was initially more interested in the LinnStrument for playing solos than chords. I can play keyboard, I can play rhythm guitar, so I'm good for chords. But playing synth solos on keyboard always felt limiting.
It took me awhile to get used to using both hands, rather than using my right hand to play notes and my left hand to work the mod wheel and pitch bend. For example with the LinnStrument, to slide up to a note I didn’t have to move the pitch wheel back, hit a note, and then rotate the pitch wheel forward; I can just hit a pad a couple semitones below the target note, and slide to the right along the row of pads (assuming, of course, that I’d set the synth's pitch bend range to +/- an octave).
Roger Linn has often said that he feels electronic instruments have more or less eliminated the concept of the instrumental solo in electronically-generated tracks. While you can debate that, there really hasn’t all been much progress since Jan Hammer got guitar envy with his Minimoog. When synths have been used for solos, they tend to be more along the lines of single-note instruments like sax, because for any kind of expressiveness, you needed to dedicate a hand to the wheels or levers, while the other hand played the notes. To me, one of the biggest advantages of the LinnStrument over conventional keyboards is that you can now use both hands to play and add expressiveness to solo lines, because you don't need to anchor your left hand to the wheels/levers.