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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…

10 Essential Videos Tips for Learning Piano

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10 Essential Videos Tips for Learning Piano

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Here are 10 essentail tips for starting to learn piano that will have you playing better straight away! Learning to play the piano doesn’t have to be hard. The following series of lessons put together by Roland and Pianist Magazine’s Tim Stein will show you a wealth of practice techniques and exercises that will help…

Fun Games To Play With Your Child On Piano

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Fun Games To Play With Your Child On Piano

Would you like to help your child learn piano? Here is a selection of fun games to play with your child on piano that will have them mastering the basics in no time. One of the many wonderful benefits of the piano is that it is considered an umbrella instrument. This means you can absorb…

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Preparing For Piano Recitals And Performances

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Preparing For Piano Recitals And Performances

Most students who learn to play the piano will encounter at least once, and possibly multiple times, the experience of preparing for piano recitals, concerts, auditions and exams. And if we really think about it, we can see that a recital is a unique occasion. The student is bringing music, the most sublime and beautiful…

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Best Apps For Learning Piano

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Best Apps For Learning Piano

You might have heard the saying: there’s an app for that. When it comes to apps for learning the piano, the options can feel endless. Here’s a summary of some of the best apps for learning piano, that your kids will enjoy using. The use of smartphones and iPads has skyrocketing during the last decade….

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Improve Your Aural Skills With Piano Partner 2

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Improve Your Aural Skills With Piano Partner 2

The Roland Piano Partner 2 is a free piano app designed to help you learn piano and develop your aural skills. 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 decide…

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An Easy Guide To Piano Styles And Modes

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An Easy Guide To Piano Styles And Modes

Learning piano styles and modes allows you to understand, play and appreciate a wider range of music. Piano is one of the most versatile and beautiful sounding instruments. Simple in its design and playability, the sound of the piano appears across a wide range of musical genres. From classical recitals, to smooth jazz, rock, country…

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Bluetooth Could Change The Way You Play Piano

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Bluetooth Could Change The Way You Play Piano

Roland’s new Bluetooth-equipped HP and LX pianos will change the way you practise, perform and compose. Meet the three game-changing features… You’ve heard of Bluetooth. It’s 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. The advantages of Bluetooth…

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How to Get the Most from Your Piano Practice Time

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How to Get the Most from Your Piano Practice Time

Piano practice time is a precious comodity for most of us. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! Interestingly, concert painists typically clock up hundreds of hours per month in search of perfection. For those of us who don’t have that amount of time available…..it’s doubly important to make every precious minute of practice…

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The Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

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The Top 5 Benefits of Digital Sheet Music for Pianists

Discover the Advantages of Digital Sheet Music The age of digital sheet music has arrived! Now, pianists and other musicians can take advantage of all the benefits of digital sheet music 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…

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5 Top Tips on Piano Lessons for Kids

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5 Top Tips on Piano Lessons for Kids

Piano lessons for kids can really accelerate their learning. This is important because children can get so much from learning to play an instrument well. This includes: improved hand-eye coordination patience to learn and master a piece social skills from playing with the teacher or others and a general love and appreciation of music from…

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