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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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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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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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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…

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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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10 Ways To Improve Your Drumming Skills

The best drummers don’t get there by accident. We’ve all watched awestruck, as top drummers play their heart out and make the rest of us want to quit. Yet although they make it look effortless, being a great drummer is hard work. Sure, you expect to practice a lot and find your own style, but…

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Should I Learn on an Electronic or Acoustic Drum Kit?

It’s the big day. You’re down at the Drum Palace, a wad of crisp bills burning a hole in your wallet, ready to blow the lot on a gleaming box-fresh acoustic kit. We hate to interrupt the most exciting day of your life, but back up there a minute. Before you make the knee-jerk choice…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – EQ and Compression

Equalization is a method for balancing the frequency content sound. EQs are used to improve the clarity and audibility of sounds and have been used in nearly every music mix since the very early days of sound recording. EQ comes in many configurations, with the most common being: * High and low-cut filters for reducing…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Using the Transient Editor

One of the simplest yet most powerful tools in the TD-50 is the transient editor. With this one screen, you can dramatically modify the attack and sustain characteristics of any of the acoustic-style factory sounds of the TD-50. It’s possible to back the attack and release right off, for minimal stick attack with a quick…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – How To Use Pad EFX and Multi EFX

Effects used on drum sounds are great for bringing new life and impact to familiar tones. From big reverb and modulation effects, to distortion and extreme EQ, effects used on drum sounds even give the player the chance to radically alter the nature of a song that they’re playing. Famous and memorable drum sounds with effects include…