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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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Percussion Without Pain – How To Expand Your Percussion Setup

As a percussionist, the range of instruments that you are expected to carry and know how to play is immense. Luckily, the Roland SPD::ONE PERCUSSION can help you to streamline your setup. A performance-oriented tool for any live situation, the SPD::ONE PERCUSSION gives you access to instruments that you would not dream of taking to…

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SBTRKT Talks Gear

SBTRKT (AKA Aaron Jerome) is undoubtedly one of the hottest producers around. DJ, remixer and studio alchemist, SBTRKT won hearts and minds with his eponymous debut album back in 2011, which led him to collaborate with Radiohead, M.I.A., Mark Ronson and Modeselektor to name just a few. Building on the huge success of his debut, last…

  Article Series

Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.3: Does My Child Need To Practice Every Day?

In this article, we continue our conversation with Yumi Sasada on the practicalities of home practicing and parent involvement. What we would like to discuss in this piece is whether your child needs to practice every day. Contributed by Yumi Sasada for the Roland Japan Blog One thought that comes to mind when we hear…

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How to Make Bass Effects Work for You

If you’re playing bass guitar in a band or musical project of any kind, one of the main things you’re probably very aware of, is your tone. Bass isn’t just bass and “one tone for all” does not suit all bass players. That kind of thinking is not true for guitar players, keyboard players or…

  Roland Icon Series

Roland Icon Series: The D-50 Linear Synthesizer

The Roland Icon Series is a collection of articles looking back at the most popular and recognized Roland instruments. In over four decades, Roland has designed many world-first instruments, like the first touch-sensitive keyboard and first guitar synthesizer. Previous articles in the Roland Icon Series revisited the classic Roland Jupiter-8, the Juno-106, the SH-101, the…

  Behind The Drums

The Easy Solution To Playing Electro Drum Sounds

The drummer’s role as the timekeeper and driving force of the band has evolved over time. Expectations are high for us to enhance both the tightness of the band’s performance and its sonic impression. For a conventional acoustic drummer, the technical side of this task can seem daunting. Asking for some “80s” sounding snares and…

  Behind The Drums

Learn To Play Drums With DT-1 V-Drums Tutor Software

Learning any instrument can be a highly rewarding experience, especially when you start to see real progress, but it’s never without its challenges. It can be very easy to jump in at the deep end without investing the proper time working on the fundamentals and rudiments that make up a well-rounded technique. This is where…

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Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.2: Why Do People Learn The Piano?

Once their child is enrolled in a pre-school or kindergarten, one of the things that parents may fret over is the potential learning activities for their children. Typically, most of us feel a bit anxious before starting something new. So before your child begins taking lessons, we would like to give you some useful tips….

  'How To' Articles

How To Get New Sounds For Your Roland Synth

Synthesizers are incredible instruments. With an abundance of sounds and options available to you, your tonal choices never dry up! With USB, MIDI, and editing software, it has never been easier to create, tweak, store, recall and import custom sounds in and out of your synthesizer. If you want to look further than the presets on…

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Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.1: How Soon Should My Child Start Taking Lessons?

Once their child is enrolled in a pre-school or kindergarten, one of the things that parents may fret over is the potential learning activities for their children. Typically, most of us feel a bit anxious before starting something new. So before your child begins taking lessons, we would like to give you some useful tips….