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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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Roland Talk Exclusively with David Bowie Producer, Tony Visconti

As David Bowie’s producer since before the Space Oddity album – and sonic architect for everyone from Marc Bolan to Morrissey – Tony Visconti has the world’s ultimate desk job. In this exclusive interview, he talked Bowie, Berlin, the brutal modern industry – and why he won’t be seeing U2 again in a hurry… We…

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Nick Wales Interview: Writing Music for “AM I” Dance Production

As part of the 2014 Melbourne Festival, Sydney’s Shaun Parker & Company presented Am I, an ambitious dance production featuring the music of Nick Wales. Greg Phillips caught up with Nick on the set of the show to discuss the creation of the music and finding that perfect balance between traditional instrumentation and electronics.

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Interview With Kirin J Callinan

Contributed by Greg Phillips for the Roland Australia Blog Formerly a guitarist with independent Australian acts Mercy Arms and Jack Ladder, Kirin J Callinan has more recently built an impressive following both here and overseas for his own unique brand of music.

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Video: MDP for the Modern Guitarist

BOSS OD-1X OverDrive and DS-1X Distortion Guitar nerd Pete Thorn, delivers a detailed demo of the BOSS OD-1X Overdrive and DS-1X Distortion effects pedals. He gives a play-by-play explanation of the pedals with low-gain, single-coil sounds, high-gain sounds and humbucker. He also demonstrates how the technology in these pedals responds to his playing and what it means to the modern guitarist. The following is Pete Thorn’s…

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Brian May’s ‘Killer Queen’ Guitar Tone Dissected

Contributed by Josh Munday – Tone Designer It’s hard to believe that this classic rock song is now 40 years old! Often cited as the turning point Brian May has gone on the record to say “there’s a lot to listen to, but it never gets cluttered. There’s always space for all the little ideas…

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Who is Joshua Munday?

Contributed by Roland Australia Team If you’re going to ask someone to provide some educational and insightful articles around the subject of capturing perfect guitar tone, you want to make sure that person knows what they’re talking about. Sure there are plenty of people out there that can play countless classic guitar riffs and/or solos,…

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ME-80 Marty’s Mood

Contributed by: Braegen Russell Marty Hailey One of Australias busiest guitarists, works with BOSS on the new ME-80 Multi Effects processor, with some amazing results! Balancing roles as a producer, recording engineer and performer with his work as a composer, Marty has written and produced soundtracks for broadcast, independent film and composed for the stage. …

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Johnny Marr Talks About His Guitar Sound With Boss UK

Johnny Marr Talks About His Guitar Sound With Boss UK Contributed by Boss UK Johnny Marr invited us down to the last festival of the season, Festival Number 6 in the beautiful, Portmeirion. After battling with a storm on the way, we arrived to be told part of the festival was closed due to safety…

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In the Studio: Randall Waller (Shania Twain)

Contributed by: Braegen Russell Guitarist Randall Waller talks to Roland Australia about life as a session musician and touring performer. He explains how he was able to do more with the GT-series of multi effects processors than he ever could have done with compact pedals. Guitarist, singer, writer and producer, Randall Waller has only ever…

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In the Studio: Stuart ‘Stuie’ French

Contributed by: Braegen Russell Australian born Golden Guitar award winner Stuart ‘Stuie’ French is a master of the country/jazz guitar-style (Les Paul invited him up to play when he was in New York!) and many of his guitar heroes are the great Americans: Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, Roy Nichols and Danny Gatton. His awesome technique…