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The Parents Guide for Kids Starting to Learn Piano

Every parent wants the best for their child and it's challenging to find positive activities that they will enjoy. Learning piano at a young age was one of the best things that I did in my life. I am grateful to my parents for supporting and encouraging me. Piano is aligned with improved memory, mathematics, social, creative, reading and comprehension skills. Simply put, playing piano encourages your child to use their brain, their physical coordination and their creativity. Above all, playing piano taught me the enjoyment of learning a new skill and the rewards of being disciplined. This in turn, helped me…

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TM-6 PRO vs SPD-SX: Which Is Right For Me?

When it comes to triggering samples and loops on stage or in the studio, the SPD-SX is hands-down the most popular instrument used today. It has become the standard sampling accessory at music venues and festivals the world over since its inception in 2003. While the popularity of the SPD-SX pad is undeniable, some musicians…

  Behind The Drums

Drummer’s Guide To The TD-17

Welcome to the complete guide to the TD-17! Use this guide as a goto resource of practical how-to’s for the TD-17. This guide starts with setting up and configuring the kit and covers the many possibilities for creative and productive practice and performance. Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog SETUP CONFIGURING THE…

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V-Drums for the Gigging Drummer

As drummers, we are told many things. Play in time. Drive the show. Keep it solid. Have great feel. Have a great time…and DON’T HIT SO HARD! Playing with quiet intensity is one of the most difficult things to achieve for any musician. It’s extra hard for acoustic drummers with no volume control knob! Contributed…

  Behind The Drums

The Drummer’s Guide To The Roland TD-50 V-Drums

The most powerful electronic percussion instrument available today, the Roland TD-50 is nearly limitless in its sound design. In this detailed guide, you will learn how to create your dream kit sounds through the TD-50’s deep functionality for live, home and studio use. QUICK START GUIDE TO THE ROLAND TD-50 V-DRUMS With any new instrument,…

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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…

  'How To' Articles

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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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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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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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…