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Roland AX-1 keytar, courtesy of Audio Fanzine

A synth or master keyboard which is made to be worn with a shoulder strap, in the fashion of a guitar. The keytar allows the live keyboard or synth player, who is usually rooted to one spot on stage, to move around as most of the other musicians do. Opinions vary as to whether this is liberating for the keyboard player, or just cheesy. Generally, the keytar has some type of grip or extension sticking out of the left end, which contains the pitch wheel and other performance controls. The left hand holds this grip and operates the performance controls, while the right hand plays the keys.

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