I have a variety of state switching options in operation - mostly, it is still my red button at the center of the lower keyboard. I put it pretty much center, because that way both hands can reach it, depending on which one is less busy. Far better than my original way of using the two bottom keys as keyswitches.
For 90% of our songs (in two bands), the red button does the trick, but I also have an alternative option with a (red-labelled) drum pad on my upper keyboard, and (in those songs where I have my hands too full), the “soft” pedal on my dual foot pedal (sustain-soft-combination).
Also, I have a state-forward/state-backward button combination on my upper keyboard, for cases where something goes wrong or I accidentally hit the button/pedal twice. But TBH that is extremely rare - mostly, I need those buttons in rehearsals to get to the correct state without needing to go to my laptop.
I have created a Cantabile binding that triggers big friendly notification pop-ups on my LivePrompter tablet, so I don’t need to look at my Cantabile screen to know that I’m in the right song state - very helpful!
If I was playing sitting down, I would probably use the soft pedal as my main state switching method, but since I play standing up, and a lot of my playing is on the piano, my right foot is usually occupied with the sustain pedal - and I need the other foot to stand on…
I personally wouldn’t go for the pedal board method - requires too much looking down to make sure you select the right state - too distracting for my taste. I would guess the risk of hitting the wrong one or messing with your playing because you’re distracted is far higher than that of a pedal bounce with a single “advance” pedal.Two pedals are pretty easy to handle when sitting down.
So my recommendation for you (if you’re sitting down) would be:
- use a second pedal for state advances
- have a “state-back” button on your keyboard ready to correct any rare pedal-bouncing issue
- Have the current state displayed in big friendly letters in your show notes view to make sure you have the correct one selected.