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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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BOSS Tuners: A Lesson in Fine-Tuning

If you’re a musician and have been around for a while, chances are you’ve seen or owned a BOSS Tuner. Maybe you’ve come across one of the pocket tuners or perhaps you’re that guitarist who starts your effects chain with one of BOSS’ classic white stompboxes (which might even be the most important piece of gear…

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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 Clean Legacy of the Roland Jazz Chorus

An electric guitar played through an amplifier is a fantastic combination. Capable of volume, tone and of course, distortion, the amplifier is undoubtedly as much a part of the player’s sound as their instrument is. Contributed by Byron Struck for Roland Corporation Australia If you’re a guitar player, chances are you’ll have one of a…

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Synthesis: Learning the Language of Sound

As a professor who teaches music production at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online, I have grown more and more sure that an understanding of synthesis is essential for keyboardists and producers alike. Synthesizers are a constant presence in contemporary music, and even when we hear organic or acoustic sounds, they’re often performed within…

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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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Improve Your Aural Skills With Piano Partner 2

When it comes to playing the piano, (or any instrument!), your aural skills are one of the best things you can develop. Developing your aural skills can lead to better playing and better performances. If you’re playing with an ensemble, your ability to play with other musicians will increase as well. Plus, if you ever…

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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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A Beginner’s Guide to Subtractive Synthesis

Creating your own synthesizer patch is the first step towards creating your own signature sound. Patches that you’ve created will help your tracks to stand out and you might even surprise yourself with what you come up with! Subtractive synthesis is one of the main types of synthesis. As its name implies, tones are created…