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Roland Offers Free Software For Young V-Drummers

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While sales of drums and percussion remained sluggish last year, the market saw the greatest growth in the electronic drum kit sector. And we know which buyers help spur those sales – moms and dads who much preferred for their youngster to be downstairs playing virtually while wearing headphones rather than bashing and crashing on acoustic drums and cymbals.

So it’s pretty darn smart that the mighty Roland has now introduced V-Drums Friend Jam Kids, a free software application for children to build drumming skills and compare their progress with other V-Drums users around the world. By accessing a child’s “player page” with their computer or smart phone, family members can easily check practice time, scoring, and more to keep up with playing progress and encourage improvement.

Available for both Windows and Mac OS X, V-Drums Friend Jam Kids helps young drummers improve their skills with enjoyable songs and fun practice evaluation features. It offers a friendly and inviting user interface, plus a continuously growing library of play-along songs that can be downloaded directly within the application from the web.

By connecting their V-Drums kit to their computer via USB or MIDI, players can capture and evaluate individual performance elements such as rhythm, technique, and variation, then see how their results compare with other V-Drums Friend Jam Kids users around the world via the Internet. The software supports 13 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and more.

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