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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…

  Behind The Drums

Beyond The Beginner – How To Improve Your Drumming

You’ve played the rubber pads, you know your singles from your doubles, your paradiddles are on fire. You’re ready for the next step. But what is that next step exactly? Pretty much every drummer, at some point in the journey, questions where to go next with their playing. Like going to the gym, we see…

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8 Things to Know About The SYSTEM-500 Complete Set

The Roland SYSTEM-500 Complete Set is a fully analog recreation based on Roland’s classic SYSTEM-100M. The modules have been adjusted to conform to the Eurorack standard. Below is a list of some other enhancements and useful bits of information to help you get the most out of the modules. Contributed by Roland Canada The SYSTEM-500…

  Buying Guides

Electronic Drums Q&A

Need to know the score about electronic drums? Looking for answers, but don’t have the time to scour the forums… or worse, face the trolls when you post a question? Well, fret no more. Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about V-Drums – all in one place, and not a…

  BOSS Talk

BOSS CP-1X – COMPRESSION REIMAGINED

A stompbox effect staple, compressor pedals have managed to carve out their own certain niche in the guitar playing community. When used for specific genres, they suit some players perfectly. Country musicians for example, who play those awesome chicken-pickin’ or bluegrass kind of licks discovered the benefits of using a stompbox compressor decades ago. The…

  Behind The Drums

A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Electronic Drums

You’ve been to the gigs, elbowed your way to the front at the festivals and watched the band’s every TV spot. You’ve seen the drummer behind the drum kit thrashing away, lost in the music, bashing the skins as if nobody was watching. You’ve decided you want in – you’re ready to emulate your heroes…

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The Ultimate Guide to The AIRA MX-1

The humble mixer has long played a significant part in music creation and performance. Dub music for instance, was pivotal in moving the mixing console to centre stage, where it became an instrument in itself. Dub music showed the world the wondrous possibilities and creative power of the mixing desk, demonstrating that it could be used…

  Buying Guides

10 Things You Might Not Know About The JD-Xi

Combining analog and digital synthesis in a compact and user-friendly design, the Roland JD-Xi is ideal for live tweaking, recording and using on-the-go. With its warm, fat, true analog bass and lead tones, as well as polyphonic PCM essentials such as pads, strings, brass and more, the JD-Xi is a versatile and mighty sounding instrument….

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Synth Bass for Bass Players – Part 2

In Synth Bass for Bass Players, Part 1, we talked about how doubling on synth bass can increase your opportunities to land more work in today’s music scene. We also outlined some of the important features to look for when choosing a keyboard for playing synth bass. This time, we’ll take a closer look at…

  Buying Guides

Synth Bass for Bass Players – Part 1

In today’s music world, the vast influence of EDM and other electronic styles has crept into the fabric of nearly every popular genre. The core of EDM is a driving rhythm groove, with the low end held down by synthesizer bass. To cover this essential sound, traditional bass players are now called upon more and…

  BOSS Talk

Tones in Time – 50s Rock ‘n Roll

The 1950s are probably the most crucial to Rock music. It was during the 1950s that Rock ‘n Roll became a cultural phenomenon, with truly trailblazing pioneers who fused Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Rhythm ‘n Blues and Country into a combustive new sound. The electric guitar became the predominant instrument of this new style of music,…