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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…

Making a music video during Covid: An interview with Oli Kane

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Making a music video during Covid: An interview with Oli Kane

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Picture this. You’re tasked with creating a video to showcase a drum kit, you get the plan down, the people hired, but there’s a difference – you’re in a pandemic That was the situation for Oli Kane – the videographer tasked with showcasing the Roland V-Drums Acoustic Design VAD506 kit. We got in touch with…

Rhythm in a lockdown: How drummers create during Covid

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Rhythm in a lockdown: How drummers create during Covid

It’s been over a year since the world of music plunged into uncertainty as a result of the pandemic, and for many in the music industry, the situation is still chaotic. But, like life, music finds a way, and as we adapt to the new world of music being online, we’re finding new ways to…

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Acoustic drums vs Electronic drums – Which is better for beginners?

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Acoustic drums vs Electronic drums – Which is better for beginners?

If you’ve decided you want to pick up the drums, your first considerations will likely be the following: Am I going to annoy the neighbours?Are drums a good instrument to get started with?Are they fun to play? In order, the answers are: It depends YesYEAH! Before you rush out and buy the first kit you…

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Are electronic drum kits good for function bands?

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Are electronic drum kits good for function bands?

Since the dawn of music, when the first caveman hit a rock with another rock, the drummer has been the backbone of the song. Since that fateful day, acoustic kits haven’t changed much – you’re still hitting something with a stick to make a noise, and still responsible for the song flowing, but… it’s time…

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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

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…

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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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10 Essential Videos Tips for Learning Piano

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10 Essential Videos Tips for Learning Piano

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…

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Should My Child Practice Piano Everyday?

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Should My Child Practice Piano Everyday?

In this article, we speak with Yumi Sasada on the practicalities of home practicing and parent involvement. What are the advantages of regular practice and should my child practice piano everyday? “For young children, piano lessons will not involve things that place a huge burden on them. While we hope that children practice every day,…

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What Age Can A Child Start Piano Lessons?

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What Age Can A Child Start Piano Lessons?

Recently, we asked Yumi Sasada the question, ‘ What age can a child start piano lessons? ‘. As an experienced trainer of piano teachers and the owner of a piano school, Ms Sasada explained that every child is different and that there are several determining factors to be considered. What age can a child start…

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