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How To Assist Your Child's Learning With The Right Piano

There are tonnes of studies and articles about the benefits of children learning music. Music can play a big part in a child’s development – from memory to patience, plus helping with cognitive and social skills. Music is a universal language that can benefit anyone and everyone, regardless of background and age. So, you’ve decided to get your child started in learning a musical instrument. Congratulations! There are many instruments to choose from. Strings, woodwind, brass, percussion….but unless your child has a strong preference to play a particular instrument, I feel that learning a keyboard instrument is a great place…

  Artists

4 Proven Tips To Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.3 – Writing for Michael Jackson

Some of the most inspiring stories of the music industry come not from the bright-shining stars but from the slow-burning musicians and artists, whose songwriting abilities and smarts have provided them an enviously long career. One such musician is Geoffrey Williams, a singer-songwriter and loop artist who has written for artists such as Michael Jackson,…

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How to Get Started in Modular Synthesis

There is no doubt that the popularity of modular synthesis is rising. You don’t have to look far to see the enormous interest in these instruments, in clubs, studios and bedrooms and worldwide. But what exactly are these boxes of coloured cables and knobs? Are they worth the investment? Do they live up to their…

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4 Proven Tips To Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.2 – The Lesson I Learnt from Nile Rodgers

Some of the most inspiring stories of the music industry come not from the bright-shining stars but from the slow-burning musicians and artists, whose songwriting abilities and smarts have provided them an enviously long career. One such musician is Geoffrey Williams, a singer-songwriter and loop artist who has written for artists such as Michael Jackson…

  Behind The Drums

10 Ways To Improve Your Drumming Skills

The best drummers don’t get there by accident. We’ve all watched awestruck, as top drummers play their heart out and make the rest of us want to quit. Yet although they make it look effortless, being a great drummer is hard work. Sure, you expect to practice a lot and find your own style, but…

  'How To' Articles

Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

In the past few years, we have seen a huge resurgence in both analog and digital hardware. Eurorack modular synthesizer systems have exploded in popularity and vintage synth prices have skyrocketed.  The tactile experience of using hardware instruments is drawing artists back to tabletops filled with drum machines and synthesizers. The original Roland TB-303 Bass…

  Artists

4 Proven Tips To Inspire Your Songwriting Pt.1 – Inspiration is Everywhere!

Some of the most inspiring stories of the music industry come not from the brightest-shining stars but from the slow-burning musicians and songwriters whose ability and smarts have provided them with an enviously long career. One such musician is Geoffrey Williams, a singer-songwriter and loop artist who has written for artists such as Michael Jackson…

  'How To' Articles

Should I Learn on an Electronic or Acoustic Drum Kit?

It’s the big day. You’re down at the Drum Palace, a wad of crisp bills burning a hole in your wallet, ready to blow the lot on a gleaming box-fresh acoustic kit. We hate to interrupt the most exciting day of your life, but back up there a minute. Before you make the knee-jerk choice…

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How 3 BOSS Pedals Changed The World – Part 2

As we discovered in our previous article, effects pedals prior to 1977 were quite clunky. Big and cumbersome, effects pedals were barely on the average guitar player’s radar throughout most of the 70s. This was due to the high cost, low production numbers and inconvenient nature of these boxes. BOSS changed all that in 1977,…

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Massive Attack In The Studio With Roland AIRA

Massive Attack have been pushing the boundaries since the mid ‘80s, effortlessly fusing music with politics and controversy like no other band. They’re also masters of the collaboration, working with Portishead, Liz Fraser, Horace Andy, and Damon Albarn to name just a few. We recently got some studio time with the band as they checked…

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How 3 BOSS Pedals Changed The World – Part 1

If you’re a guitar player, there’s an extremely good chance that you’ll have used, are currently using, or plan to use, BOSS Compact Pedals at some stage in your life. Often considered a “Gold Standard” in design, sound and practicality, BOSS Compact Pedal sales reach over 15 million units worldwide. These beloved little stompboxes are…