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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…

3 Pieces of Advice on Buying Your Child’s First Piano

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3 Pieces of Advice on Buying Your Child’s First Piano

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Buying your first piano can be a daunting task, especially if you are not a pianist or musician yourself. It can be difficult to determine which piano to buy or whether you should invest in purchasing a piano at all. Contributed by Hiyori Matsushima for the Roland Australia Blog During my years of working in music retail, selling…

The Best Digital Pianos Under £1500

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The Best Digital Pianos Under £1500

It can be a bit of a challenge deciding which piano to buy if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Roland have an excellent reputation for building quality instruments and have a great selection of digital pianos under £1500. But, before we take a look at them… Why choose a digital piano? There’s a…

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The Best Digital Pianos Under £1000

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The Best Digital Pianos Under £1000

It can be a bit of a challenge finding a great digital piano for under £1000 when you’re first starting out. Roland have an excellent reputation for building quality instruments and they have a few exceptional digital pianos in this price range. But, before we take a look at them… Why choose a digital piano?…

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Six Benefits of Learning on a Digital Piano

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Six Benefits of Learning on a Digital Piano

The piano has the ability to excite, move and inspire; whether you’re playing Chopin’s Scherzos or the intro to Clocks by Coldplay. The only obstacles are learning how to play in the first place, and then practising enough to play well. Enlisting a qualified piano teacher gives you the best start for establishing good techniques…

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Helpful Tips Before Your Child Learns Piano

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Helpful Tips Before Your Child Learns Piano

Many parents think piano lessons are the start of their child’s musical journey. This article will provide you with some useful tips on activities you can do before your child ‘learns’ piano. Learning a musical instrument is an exciting time in a child’s life, and it can be equally exciting for parents too. You may…

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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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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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Useful Features on a Digital Piano

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Useful Features on a Digital Piano

As well as providing an authentic reproduction of an acoustic piano, a digital piano will also offer many other features that will enhance your playing so if you’re only familiar with acoustic pianos, reading the features list of a typical digital piano can be a bit baffling. To help make things clearer, let’s look at…

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Connecting a Digital Piano to a Computer

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Connecting a Digital Piano to a Computer

While many digital pianos have built-in tools for learning and making music, you can expand your possibilities even further through your PC. A digital piano can be easily connected to your Windows or Mac computer opening up a universe of music education, composition, and recording software to explore. One of the main reasons you might…

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Digital Piano Action Explained

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Digital Piano Action Explained

Having a good quality piano action is essential if you are to develop a good piano technique. Let’s start by looking at the feel and response of the keys. Every time you press a key on an acoustic piano, a hammer strikes a string causing the string to vibrate and sound a note. The hammer…

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