• The 1975 – Roland Hybrid Drums with George Daniel
    Don’t be fooled by that nostalgic band name. The 1975’s time is now. Since tearing out of the Manchester toilet circuit in 2012 with a volley of buzz EPs, schoolmates Matt Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel have enjoyed pinch-me moments at every turn. Hearing first single The City on Radio 1. Opening up for the mighty Rolling Stones at Hyde Park. Seeing 2013’s self-titled debut album elbow aside the talent-show puppets to hi …
  • Phrygian Mode for Guitarists
    This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background One of the ancient musical modes has origins that can be traced back to a tribe called the Phrygians, who lived around 600BC. Personally, whenever I hear phrases like ‘Ancient Musical Modes’, I immediately think of that Stonehenge scene in the Spinal Tap movie. Must be a guitarist thing. Historians will tell you about the wars the Phrygians fought – their …
  • Ionian Mode for Guitarists
    This article was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background Whether you know it or not, you would have used the Ionian mode, but probably referred to it by the more commonly accepted ‘Major Scale’. For example, the C Major Scale is exactly the same as C Ionian mode, the G Major Scale is the same as G Ionian mode etc. So why have a fancy name? Well, for starters, you can blame the ancient Greeks, since they named …
  • 5 reasons why the Roland TD-1K is the ultimate digital drumkit for beginners
    You can’t do much with £400. Buy an unreliable car. Take a terrible holiday. Own one leg of a champion racehorse. Alternatively, if you’ve got a pocket full of Christmas cash, and a head full of musical dreams, then £400 is enough to start drumming today with the Roland TD-1K. As the entry-level member of Roland’s mighty V-Drums range, this kit punches above its price tag, to put aspiring drummers behind a serious digital kit. Maybe yo …
  • Aeolian Mode for Guitarists
    This post was originally published on the Roland Australia Blog Background ‘Music. It’s What Feelings Sound Like.’ Although the original author for this quote is unknown, it was probably inspired by a song that contained the Aeolian melodic structure. Many guitar players have used the Aeolian mode – without even knowing it. However, understanding how the mode works, and knowing when to use it, opens up a whole new world. The mode …