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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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Pro Tutorial – Heidi Joubert Demos the EC-10 ELCajon

  When Roland launched the new EC-10 ELCajon at the 2016 NAMM Show, we asked top percussionist Heidi Joubert to show the crowds exactly what this percussion game-changer was capable of. For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to spend January in sunny California though, we also shot these four video demos, in which…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Using WAV Samples With The TD-50

The sample load capability and myriad of editing possibilities in the TD-50 allows you to freely combine any of the 400+ internal sounds with your own WAV samples to create truly unique and world class sounding drum kits. With basic WAV preparation and a few button presses, it’s easy to load any sound imaginable into…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Making Your Kit Sound Great

Once you’ve selected and tweaked your TD-50 drum sounds to your liking, the next step is to balance all of the elements, so that the kit feels involving to play and gives the best overall sonic impact. This process in the TD-50 is very similar to mixing down a piece of music, using either an…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Making Your Hi-Hats Sound Solid

The hi-hat is arguably the most played part of any drum kit. As such, there are many types and sizes of hi-hats that are used by drummers. The TD-50 gives you several vastly different hi-hat sounds that you can fully edit in order to cover all possible musical situations. The TD-50 also offers the ability…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Tweaking the Ride Cymbal

While there are often several crash cymbals in a typical drum kit, there’s normally only one ride cymbal. So, making it a great sounding one is crucial! Unlike crash cymbals that are mostly struck edge on and work as punctuation in a musical phrase, ride cymbals are mostly hit on the bow and bell with…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Make Your Crashes Sound Bigger

Along with the Ride cymbal, the Crash is one of the most frequently used cymbals on a modern drum kit. For emphasising or accenting a moment in a song, hitting at the end of a fill or as a quick jab to keep the audience (and the band) on their toes, the Crash is an…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Making Your Toms Sound Deeper

Kicks and snares are obviously crucial to drumming, but your tom sounds are what really tie your kit together. From thunderous rolls to subtle builds, complex flourishes and fills or straightforward accents, the toms help to extend the playability of your kit for endless variations. So it’s important that they sound good! Tom sounds and…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Give Your Snare Sound More Punch

The snare is the most varied part of the drum kit and gets its name from the rattling set of wires underneath it. These wires are known as the “snares”, which are held against the bottom head under tension by the snare strainer. From thin brass piccolo to medium depth aluminium or deep maple wood,…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Beef Up Your Kick

With incredibly powerful sound shaping and layering capabilities, the Roland TD-50 is designed for deep diving when it comes to drum sound creation. Like any custom acoustic kit, you get out what you put in. It won’t play itself! With that in mind, Roland V-Drums artists Michael Schack, Craig Blundell and Dirk Brand will guide…

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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…