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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…

Helpful Tips Before Your Child Learns Piano

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Helpful Tips Before Your Child Learns Piano

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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…

Benefits Of Playing Piano For Children

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Benefits Of Playing Piano For Children

The benefits of playing piano for children are significant. This article brings to light some of these in the hope that you will encourage your child to start their musical journey. While some children naturally excel at piano, few parents have the vision or expectation for their child to play professionally. It’s more important, rather,…

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Learning Piano as an Adult

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Learning Piano as an Adult

In this article, Richard Avery shares his personal experiences of learning piano (and negotiating marriage) as an adult. He has included links to posts and videos that he found useful along the way. Learning to Play Piano Learning to play the piano as an adult should be fun and can be challenging. Importantly, if you…

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What to expect when learning piano as an adult

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What to expect when learning piano as an adult

Learning piano as an adult can feel daunting, but it needn’t be with these helpful tips on what to expect. Contributed by Belinda Williams for the Roland Australia Blog If you’ve made the decision to learn piano as an adult or return to piano after learning as a child, congratulations! No matter your age, making…

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How to Find the Right Piano Teacher as an Adult

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How to Find the Right Piano Teacher as an Adult

As I began to think about what I’d share here, I decided to write a letter. A letter to you – an adult who’s considering piano lessons, and who may be wondering, how do I bring music into my life? How do I find the right piano teacher? Where do I begin? To start with, I want…

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Benefits of Learning Piano as an Adult

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Benefits of Learning Piano as an Adult

Think you’re too old to learn piano? Learning to play piano as an adult has many advantages. Contributed by Belinda Williams for the Roland Australia Blog It might feel like you’re behind the eight ball when choosing to learn piano as an adult, but the opposite is actually true. The benefits of learning piano as…

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Learn to Play Piano

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Learn to Play Piano

“The hardest thing about learning to play piano as an adult is actually starting” Contributed by Fiona Parish for the Roland Australia Blog I was definitely a late starter! I didn’t play an instrument as a child and I didn’t come from a musical background. When I was in my mid thirties, I had a…

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The Parents Guide for Kids Starting to Learn Piano

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The Parents Guide for Kids Starting to Learn Piano

Every parent wants the best for their child and it’s challenging to find positive activities that they will enjoy. As a kid, learning piano at a young age was one of the best things that I did in my life. I am grateful to my parents for supporting and encouraging me. Piano is aligned with…

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How to Create Drums on the JD-XA Synth

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How to Create Drums on the JD-XA Synth

The Roland JD-XA is a crossover synth with four analog and four digital voices. It looks similar to the Roland JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, but they are two very different instruments. The JD-Xi is an all-in-one groove machine with two digital voices, one analog voice and drums. The JD-XA; however, is a synthesis powerhouse…

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Synth Bass for Bass Players – PART 1

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Synth Bass for Bass Players – PART 1

  INCREASE YOUR VERSATILITY AND GET MORE GIGS   In today’s music world, the vast influence of EDM and other electronic styles has crept into the fabric of nearly every popular genre. The core of EDM is a driving rhythm groove, with the low end held down by synthesizer bass. To cover this essential sound,…

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