Is there any finer instrument? Ever since seeing Shy Child (and an ambitious keytar thrashing above the head) I have been thinking about these synthy 80′s beasts.

photo by NicholasGuarino

“The keytar was developed by Anthony Masakowski and commercially introduced in 1980 as the Moog Liberation. Early users included Spyro Gyra keyboardist Tom Schuman and the band Devo. The word “keytar” is a portmanteau of “keyboard” and “guitar”...The keytar was made popular in the 1980s by glam metal bands, as well as synthpop and New Wave groups. Changing trends in music diminished the keytar’s popularity shortly thereafter.”



Shy Child:

Herbie Hancock: