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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…

A Brief History of Roland RD Stage Pianos

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A Brief History of Roland RD Stage Pianos

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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…

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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Setting Up a Digital Piano In Your Home

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Setting Up a Digital Piano In Your Home

Setting up a digital piano in your home is very straight forward with only a few things to consider:   Putting it together   If you purchase a piano from a local dealer, they will invariably deliver it for you already assembled – that’s part of the service. If you buy it online from a…

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Digital piano tools to help you learn

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Digital piano tools to help you learn

One of the great advantages of a digital piano over an acoustic piano is the extra features that will enhance learning and make playing more fun.       Additional Sounds   Additional sounds encourage creativity and practicing. For example, a student can play their Bach invention with the sound of a harpsichord, or their…

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The variety of sounds on digital pianos

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The variety of sounds on digital pianos

Most digital pianos offer a variety of different sounds, but it is the acoustic piano sounds that are the most important as they are the sounds that will be used the most. A digital piano will usually offer an acoustic piano sound suitable for Classical music, for Jazz, and even for Pop. To emulate the…

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Do you need accessories for your digital piano?

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Do you need accessories for your digital piano?

Once you’ve decided on a digital piano, there are a few other things you’ll need to get the most out of it. First and foremost is the stool. The most important thing about a piano stool is that it should enable you to sit comfortably at the correct height to play with good posture. When…

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What do I need to know when I’m in a piano shop?

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What do I need to know when I’m in a piano shop?

Once you’ve looked at some pianos online, the only way to truly find your perfect piano is to try them out. You really can’t beat going into a music shop and trying a few side by side; but once you’re in the store which areas should you be testing and what questions should you ask?…

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