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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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BOSS KATANA – Choose Your Weapon

I’m not here to tell you about how great Katana is. If you’re here you probably already know that – the proof is all over the internet and in the hands of users all over the globe since Katana took the amp world by storm in 2016. What you might be struggling to decide is…

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The Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

Discover the Advantages of Reading Music on Mobile Devices and PCs The age of digital sheet music has arrived! Now, pianists and other musicians can take advantage of all the benefits from virtually any computer or mobile device. Whether you’re a teacher giving private lessons, a gigging musician, or a student just starting out, there’s…

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Roland DJ Series Update

The Roland DJ Controllers, DJ-202, DJ-505 and DJ-808 have received a powerful update with the version 1.10 firmware. It adds new ACB drum sounds to all controllers, new dedicated effects for the TR-S sequencer and new reverb and delay settings for the mic input on the DJ-808 and DJ-505. It also adds the incredible 6…

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Roland Announces Version 2.0 Update for the JUNO-DS Synthesizer Series

Lightweight, mobile, and filled with high-quality sounds and hands-on controls, Roland’s JUNO-DS61 and JUNO-DS88 synthesizers are ideal for both pro players and up-and-coming keyboardists. The just-announced Version 2.0 update brings many enhancements to the popular instrument series, including multisample support, expanded performance features, and the powerful JUNO-DS Tone Manager software for Mac and Windows. The…

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How To Use The BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor In Your Rig

Noise. Every musician, audio engineer or live sound mixer is familiar with it. That horrible, unwanted and mood-destroying hiss or screech that always seems to happen at the worst possible times. It can be present as high-pitched, nasal and mid-ranged, low and humming or via a heap of other ways. What we mean when we…

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Can I Use Guitar Pedals On Bass?

When it comes to pedal effects, it’s no secret that it’s a guitarist’s world. While significant advances in bass pedal effects over the years have emerged, the overwhelming majority of stompboxes seem to be guitar-centric. So, as any bass player might (reasonably) ask, can I use pedals designed for a guitar with my bass? The…

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Using Samples with Your TR-8 Rhythm Performer

For decades, artists and producers have been evolving the classic Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum sounds. The Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer gives you those timeless sounds, along with the capacity to manipulate, sequence and affect them in real time. Now, the new Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler takes this versatility even further, with the ability…

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The Police ‘Walking On The Moon’ Tone Dissected

The shimmering, spatial chords from the guitar of Andy Summers, ringing out over the top of Sting’s bass line, with the side-stick reggae feel of Stewart Copeland’s drums tapping beneath. This is how the now legendary song Walking on the Moon by The Police hit the airwaves in 1979. It was the second single from…

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Van Halen ‘Eruption’ Tone Dissected

Eruption. One of the world’s greatest guitar solos. From the debut album by Van Halen in 1978. This solo came bursting onto the scene with its innovative tone, two handed tapping and extreme tremolo bar use. At the time, a young Eddie Van Halen was getting an incredible tone out of his 1968 Marshall “Plexi”…

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Stevie Ray Vaughan ‘Pride And Joy’ Tone Dissected

The song Pride and Joy is another example of the legendary tone of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Recorded at the end of 1982 (and released in 1983), this song is one of Stevie’s own original songs from the album Texas Flood, which also features some Blues and R&B cover tunes. Recorded at Jackson…