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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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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…

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The Beatles ‘Revolution’ Tone Dissected

The Beatles. What can be said that hasn’t already been written about (and over analysed) so many times before!? While we’re all familiar with the legacy of songs they’ve given us, they’re also directly (and indirectly) responsible for many new recording techniques that were developed during their recording career. One of these techniques was used…

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Jimi Hendrix ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ Tone Dissected

Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is the final track on the 3rd (and, unfortunately final) 1968 studio album, Electric Ladyland, by the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. From the classic rocking wah fade-in, to the explosion of the whole band entering the riff, this is the sound of a guitar amplifier at full tilt! The classic fuzz…

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Jonny Gardiner: Using the BOSS GT-1 on a Pro Theatre Tour

My name is Jonny Gardiner. I am the lead singer and guitar player for The Nevilles, as seen on The Footy Show. Recently, I have been touring as guitar player for numerous theatre shows including, Songs in the Key of Motown, Kings of Country, Sun Records All-Stars, Elvis: An American Trilogy and Live Aid 85…

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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…

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Open Back vs Closed Back Guitar Speaker Cabinets – What’s the Difference?

If you’ve ever played a guitar amplifier, you could be forgiven for not paying close attention to the back of it. Really, why would you? The important stuff is on the front or the top, right? Whether you’re playing a combo or a roaring stack, the back of the amplifier is a huge part of…