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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…

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Which Headphones Are Right For Me?

Headphones are one of the greatest technological creations of the 20th century. If you don’t think that’s true, take a look in any bus, train, street or park, in any town or city you like. You’ll spot people enjoying podcasts on their way to work, music while they’re jogging, or working via a business call…

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How To Make Your Drum Practice More Effective

Some drummers can’t get enough practice. For others, practice consists of a couple of stick hits on the dressing room door before they walk on the stage. Either way, your practice can be more productive if you give it some structure and build in an element of fun. To help, here are some top tips…

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Sounds Of The Roland Boutique SH-01A Synthesizer

The new Roland Boutique SH-01A Synthesizer is a faithful recreation of the classic Roland SH-101 from 1982, a synthesizer that helped shape the sound of countless genres of music including Pop, House, Techno, and Electro.  It is a monophonic powerhouse that has one of the most recognizable sounds out there.  Its ease of use makes…

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Backing Tracks And Samples At The Gig – The Easy Way

One of the more common challenges that musicians, artists and performers seek to overcome is how to replicate their studio mixes in a live situation. It can be disheartening when you’ve put time, effort and money into perfecting a mix, audio phrase or sample, and then have to settle for an inferior version or worse…

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How to Craft a Good DJ Set

So, you’ve got the basics of DJing down and are looking to record a set. You want to do this to promote yourself and get gigs, or you’re about to play your first show. Here are a few tips to help you create an engaging set and nail it. There are no absolute rights or…

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Essential Tools for the Modern Guitarist

Guitar players today have incredible options available to them. It’s never been easier to find your perfect tone, experiment with sound or take your music to the live stage, exactly as you intend it. Some players prefer to use a lot of effects, like pedals, rack gear or a combination of these. Others prefer a…

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Kick It! How To Take Your Biggest Drum Anywhere

Let’s face facts. Kick drums are not the easiest instrument to transport. Sure, they sound fantastic but they’re bulky, require space and if you’re busking solo, can become cumbersome and might even need amplifying. On top of that, kick drums can sound wildly different depending on what you use them for. Do you want a…

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10 minutes with Jamie xx

DJ, producer, solo-artist and prolific remixer, Jamie xx is also one third of Mercury Music Award winners, The xx. While the band fused beats, breaks and guitars to brilliant effect, Jamie has also carved a name for himself as a ‘go to’ remixer, having crossed stems with the likes of Radiohead, Adele, and Florence and…

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Creating Synth Sounds for Dance Styles

In this article, we’ll show you how to create some classic sounds in the style of popular dance genres using the Roland System-8. While some of these settings are specific to the System-8, you should also be able to reproduce them with the Roland System-1 or other similar synthesizers. With any of these sounds, the…

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Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.4: What Kind Of Growth Can I Expect To See In My Child?

In this post, we continue our conversation with Yumi Sasada on the growth that parents can expect to see in their children from learning the piano from a young age. Contributed by Yumi Sasada for the Roland Japan Blog Although a variety of new types of learning activities have become available over the years, piano…