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Depeche Mode’s Peter Gordeno reveals his stadium-filling Roland rig

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Depeche Mode’s Peter Gordeno reveals his stadium-filling Roland rig

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With just hours to go until showtime at Prague’s Eden Arena, Peter Gordeno of Depeche Mode slipped an Access All Areas pass around Roland’s neck and invited us to soundcheck. Armed with tunes that span from 1989’s Personal Jesus to this year’s Where’s The Revolution, the Essex trio are the dark lords of British synth-pop – so it’s no surprise that their live rig is a treasure-trove of Roland gear. “We’re a very electronic band,” explains Peter in this behind-the-scenes video interview, “and sometimes we even have three keyboard players playing.”     Now, you’ll get right into the heart…

Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.2: Why Do People Learn the Piano?

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Your Child’s First Piano Lessons – Pt.2: Why Do People Learn the Piano?

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Once their child is enrolled in a pre-school or kindergarten, one of the things that parents may fret over is the potential learning activities for their children. Typically, most of us feel a bit anxious before starting something new. So before your child begins taking lessons, we would like to give you some useful tips….

Improve Your Aural Skills with Piano Partner 2

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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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Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

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Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

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 much to gain from the scores of scores available with a…

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A Brief History of Roland RD Stage Pianos

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A Brief History of Roland RD Stage Pianos

From the start, Roland has always strived to create the ultimate electronic piano feel and sound. This aim has been clear from our earliest days, beginning with the release of the legendary EP-30. Appearing just two years after Roland formed in 1972, the EP-30 was a groundbreaking instrument as it was the world’s first touch…

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Get three months’ Free Access to Sheet Music Direct

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Get three months’ Free Access to Sheet Music Direct

Choose a Roland GP, LX or HP piano – get three months’ free access to Sheet Music Direct. Think of a tune. It could be anything. A classical minuet, or a jazz-hands showtune. A pop banger, or a stadium-filling rock anthem. Whatever you’re thinking of, chances are, you’ll find it on Sheet Music Direct. And…

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How can I help my child learn the piano?

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How can I help my child learn the piano?

Music can play a big part in a child’s development – from developing memory to patience, plus helping with cognitive and social skills. Music is truly a universal language that benefits everyone, regardless of background and age. And if you’ve decided to encourage your child to start playing a musical instrument – congratulations! There are…

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Starting to play the piano again

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Starting to play the piano again

As ubiquitous as after-school sports or dance classes, piano lessons are part of nearly everyone’s childhood. While music is undoubtedly a fantastic thing to learn, life can sometimes get in the way of further development. As a child, there’s the thrill of more active pursuits or adventures outdoors. As a teenager and young adult there’s…

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Bluetooth could change the way you play piano

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Bluetooth could change the way you play piano

You’ve heard of Bluetooth: the technology that allows short-distance wireless data exchange without a spaghetti junction. You’ve probably already used it for hands-free calls or on your wireless keyboard. But what you might not realise is how Bluetooth could change the way you play piano – because there’s never been a digital model on the…

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Roland Digital Piano Design Awards – Winners Announced

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Roland Digital Piano Design Awards – Winners Announced

Even though Roland has a long history in developing digital pianos, it’s the future of this wonderful instrument that really gets us excited. That’s why, last year, we announced the Roland Digital Piano Design Awards, inviting the planet’s brightest design talents to create a groundbreaking instrument concept that leaps off the drawing-board. With over than…

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KIYOLA KF-10 digital piano: artisan craftsmanship matched with peerless digital technology

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KIYOLA KF-10 digital piano: artisan craftsmanship matched with peerless digital technology

When it comes to music, collaborations often lead to something truly special. We’ve all heard two musicians from different genres strike up a bond resulting in something that’s way more than the sum of its parts. And if it works for musicians, it can also work for the companies who make the instruments they play….

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