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10 ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

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10 ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

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Getting more from your music production setup doesn't have to be headache-inducing or break the bank; Today, home recording equipment is both affordable and compact, but there’s more to making a good recording than simply hitting the big red button and then playing. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the best out of your music production setup, regardless of whether you are using DAW recording software, an integrated hardware recorder/mixer or even an old tape machine. It goes without saying that good music production starts with a good performance of a well-arranged song, but even a…

Create your perfect Roland piano with the Piano Designer app

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Create your perfect Roland piano with the Piano Designer app

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Roland digital pianos include a wide range of piano sounds, keeping you interested and making practice more varied and enjoyable. But what about once you’ve tried the preset models? With most digital pianos, you’re stuck with the ‘factory’ sounds, and have little or no scope to change them. Choose certain Roland pianos though, and the…

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Roland piano site and guidebook

If you’re thinking of buying a piano, there’s a lot to consider apart from the price and how it sounds and looks. Although most people initially think of owning an acoustic piano, sales of digital pianos have been increasing steadily for years, and they now outsell their acoustic counterparts as they’re often more suitable for…

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Piano lessons – Basics of piano-sight reading

  Pianist magazine presents piano teacher Tim Stein with the tenth in a series of piano lessons on the basics of playing the piano. Here he shows you how to go about improving your sight-reading. Tim demonstrates on the Roland HP-507 digital piano. Piano lessons – Fingering for Scales and Arpeggios Piano lessons – How…

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Digital pianos FAQ

This digital pianos FAQ is based on questions that we get from customers, which will hopefully help you in deciding and understanding more about digital pianos and which one would be right for you – even if that’s an acoustic one! (Which Roland don’t actually sell) Buying a digital piano, especially your first one, can…

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Piano Lessons – How to start practicing a piece

There are many things to consider when looking at a piece for the first time. Tempo markings, time and key signatures and getting a sense of the rhythm are all areas that should be studied before you play your first note. In this clip, Tim Stein shows how an understanding of these key areas will…

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Piano Lessons – Fingering for Scales and Arpeggios

Scales and arpeggios have been an integral part of keyboard technique since before the piano was invented.  Rather than being boring mechanical exercises, scales and arpeggios should form a part of a regular practice routine.  They are very common, so a good a technical grasp of scales is an essential part of your piano technique. …

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Piano Lessons – Piano tone and sound

What is the secret of a beautiful piano tone? The piano is a percussive instrument where the sound is made by a hammer hitting a string. If you hit the key hard, you get a loud sound and if you hit it gently, you get a soft sound. What about all the shades in between,…

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Piano Lessons – Hand and finger independence

Hand and finger independence is a crucial part of any piano technique.  In most cases, the left hand will be required to play something different from the right hand.  It may be chords in the left and a melody in the right for a simple pop song, or independent melodies in each hand with different…

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Piano Lessons – Simple warm up exercise

Warming up is a vital part of playing a musical instrument.  A gymnast wouldn’t launch into a series of back-flips without doing some stretches first, and you should begin every digital piano session with some simple warm up exercises so you’re relaxed and your hands and fingers won’t get tired too quickly.   In this clip,…

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Piano Lessons – Geography of the keyboard

It isn’t difficult to become proficient on the piano once you understand the basics of finding and playing the notes. But in order to progress, pianists need to develop a sense of where their hands are on the keyboard at any one time in order to focus on reading the music. It’s essential to be…

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