Roland RMP-5


RMP-5 REVIEW – One is up for grabs during Drum Month 2015. Enter in store now!

The Roland RMP-5 is a practice pad that is leagues above anything else on offer.

The Roland RMP-5 has a great-feeling, tunable mesh drumhead, and a convenient one-piece moulded body with integrated pad and brain. Sounds include multiple snare drums, kick, cymbals, and percussion instruments. The Rhythm Coach also has an external dual-trigger input so you can add a kick and cymbal pad for drum kit practice.

The RMP-5 is a combined practice pad and training tool. You can use it like any normal practice pad, using the mesh head to practice your rudiments, or you can turn it on and you can use the built in Rhythm coach to analyse your playing in real time, and show you, using the on screen display, how you are doing.

There are many training features such as: Time Check, Accuracy Score, Quiet Count, Auto Up Down, Rhythmic Notes, Stroke Balance and a built in timer to allow you to time your practice session.

Flashing markers that show either ‘ahead’ or ‘behind’ or ‘GOOD’ , depending where you are playing in relation to the click .

You will get a two bar count in, then you can play for 4, 8 or 16 bars. You will play along to the metronome and at the end you will receive your overall accuracy score

The metronome plays for a set amount of bars then plays silently for the same amount of bars before coming back in again. This is to test how good you are at keeping time without an aid. You can have a 1, 2, 4 or 8 bar cycle or a ‘3 bars on, one bar off’ or ‘6 bars on and 2 bars off’ routine.

This program automatically raises or lowers the tempo in different combinations. It will raise or lower the tempo by 1bpm ever beat, every 2 beats, 2bpm every eight bars, 5bpm every eight bars or a setting that increases the tempo jump the faster it gets. There is also a Speed Check that increases the tempo only if you play accurately for eight bars

This setting plays two bars of each subdivision before going to the next. So it will play two bars of minims, then two bars of crotchets, then quavers and so on.

Using the swinging baton, the screen shows you the differences in dynamics between your beats. If it swings to the left, that stroke was weaker, and if it swing to the right, that stroke was harder.

This is no replacement for an experienced teacher. You need someone who will be critical of your playing style, but also your technique. The RMP-5 won’t be able to assist you in improving your base technique. It is rather meant as an addition to the lessons/practice sessions you are already doing, and as far as a practice add on goes, you won’t get better than the RMP-5

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An Introduction to Music Theory

A free lesson on music theory written by Warwick Levey, of the Gryphon Music Academy. To find this lesson, and many more, check out the Gryphon Music Academy website {here}

Many of my students are, at first, intimidated by the thought of learning music theory. It’s a vast subject that literally takes years to master. There is so much information out there that even just starting out can be a daunting task. It can be confusing, but if you go slowly and ensure that you have a firm grasp of each concept before you move onto the next concept, then you’ll have the basic theory knowledge to write a song in just a few weeks!

Music is like a language. The ultimate point a musician can reach is when music becomes as comfortable to them as their home language is. And just like with any language, you must first learn the building blocks. The musical alphabet is exactly that. The first building block on your way to theory mastery.

The musical alphabet is similar to the normal alphabet, but with a few special characters in between the letters. Each one of these letters and special characters is a note in music. There is no starting point nor is there an ending point. There are however frequencies that the human ear is unable to hear

The musical alphabet is: A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#. After G# it goes back to A again, and repeats infinitely until it is beyond our scope of hearing. All the notes combine into the Chromatic Scale


chromatic scale/circle using sharps

  • The “#” symbol is sharp. So A# would be said as A sharp.
  • There is also the “b” symbol. That is the flat symbol, so Ab would be said as A flat.
  • Just like there are two spellings of the word colour (color / colour ) there are two spellings for many of the notes. Every sharp can be spelt as a flat. The musical term for this is Enharmonic




chromatic scale/circle using flats

So bearing that in mind:

  1. A# = Bb
  2. C# = Db
  3. D# = Eb
  4. F# = Gb
  5. G# = Ab

The MOST important thing to remember is that neither B nor E have a sharp
And that neither C nor F have a flat

The second piece of this lesson is on Basic Intervals. You can find the second piece of this lesson {here}

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David West Drum Expo

EvolutionOn Tuesday the 23rd of June, David West Presented the drum expo “Evolution” at the Beau Soleil Music centre in Kennilworth

The night was cold, wet and raining, yet despite this there was a capacity crowd. The show started with a smoky Dixie slow New Orleans style track, complete with an Upright Bass. The show took the audience of a journey of evolution, from Led Zeppelin and Metallica to end off with Bruno Mars. The audience was captivated throughout the show.

David was the MC for the night, and also performed a few tracks. All other performances were done by Beau Soleil students, both past and present.

At the end of the night there were some prizes up for grabs, with Yamaha giving away a drum kit, and Paul Bothner Music and Zildjian giving away a full pack of Zildjian cymbals and 6 pairs of sticks.

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Barleycorn Songwriters’ Competition

barleycornThe annual Barleycorn Songwriters’ Competition is once again taking place.

The 2015 entries close on Monday 4 AugustFantastic prizes will be up for grabs as always, including cash and Paul Bothner Music store vouchers. Previous years have seen sponsors give recording time and a songwriters’ course, and no doubt this year will be equally spectacular! 

Entries can be handed in at the door at any Barleycorn Monday Night eveny, or given to any of the committee. The finals will be held on Monday 17 August, starting at 8pm, at the club.

A complete entry consists of one never previously publicly performed, entirely original song, on CD in Audio CD format, labelled with the song title and author’s name, an entry form (available from the Barleycorn website {here} with the author’s contact details and entry fee.

Happy recording and good luck! 

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Infanteria Album Launch

Infanteria’s second album “Where Serpents Conquer” will be released worlwide on 3 July 2015 via Burning Tone Records.


Where: ROAR
299 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, 7925 Cape Town, Western Cape
When: July 3rd
Cover: TBA

For More information and to stay up to date, be sure to have join the infanteria album launch event on Facebook {here}


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Ministry Month Winners Announced

ministry monthThe lucky draws have taken place and we are proud to announce the following winners for May Ministry Month!

Rev. Robert Marankey
From: St. Martins, Elsies River.
You have won a R5000 voucher to be used at any Paul Bothner Music store country wide

Archiebald Booysen
From The Acts of the Apostolic Church, Mbekweni
You have won Rehearsal Time at Platinum Studio’s om Woodstock
The prize entitles you to one 3 hour practice session a week for a month!

From: Pinkster Eenheid Sending, Kraaifontein
You have won a church consultation with Kyle Peterson, one of the countries most accomplished keyboard players

Congratulations to all our winners!

To keep up to date with all the competitions we run be sure to join our {mailing list}

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Klein Libertas Burns Down

In the early hours of Saturday Morning, Klein Libertas Theater in Stellenbosch tragically burnt down

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Following the sad news last week of Mercury closing down, we lost another metal venue this weekend.

In the early hours of Saturday morning the Klein Libertas Theater in Stellenbosch burnt down. There were no injuries.

Initial reports suggest that the fire was caused by an electrical fault. With the family still awaiting a report on the cause of the fire, there has been no word on rebuilding.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Fourie family during this tough time.

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We are Growing

Untitled-5 copy We are looking for a new receptionist to join the Paul Bothner Music, Somerset West team.

The Candidate should be: Bilingual, presentable, friendly and able to work under pressure.

Experience in a retail environment is beneficial.

As an Admin Clerk you will be in direct contact with customers and as such you will be required to deliver excellent service.

Experience in the music industry will work to your advantage. You must be willing to work retail hours, weekends and public holidays.

If you are interested in the position please send your CV to:
Tim at
Guida at

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Blood Brothers

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Inspired by the Kings of Chaos, 10 of South Africa’s top musio’s will join together to form South Africa’s first super group! The group has been formed in order to raise money for cancer research. Never before has such a prestigious group of local rockers teamed up for such a good cause. This is music history in the making, and Paul Bothner Music is proud to announce that we will be supplying the backline.

The group will perform the songs that made each of them famous, as well as a few songs from international bands who have influenced their respective sounds.

The Blood Brothers are:

  1. Arno Carstens
  2. Francois van Coke
  3. Albert Frost
  4. Hunter Kennedy
  5. George van der Spuy
  6. Isaac Klawansky
  7. Jason Hinch
  8. Loedi van Renen
  9. Rian Zietsman
  10. Kobus de Kock
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National Arts Fest

Paul Bothner Music is proud to once again be one of the sponsors for the 2015 Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown!

True to the open-ended, connected spirit of jazz, this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival, which runs in Grahamstown as part of the National Arts Festival from Thursday 2 July to Saturday 11 July, will bring together the best of South African jazz today with some of the world’s most exhilarating contemporary jazz innovators.

The 2015 programme, which features more than 120 sought-after musicians, presents a solid mix of serious limit-shifting jazz as well as the freshest crossover sounds to appeal to music lovers across the spectrum.

Invited artists include the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing, Austrian pianist David Helbock, US-based guitarist Lionel Loueke, Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, French drummer André Charlier, South Africans Kesivan Naidoo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Carlo Mombelli and Pops Mohammed, as well as Cape Town pop band Beatenburg and Joburg house band MiCasa. Ray Phiri will be in town for a one-night only solo gig.

“The Standard Bank Jazz Festival acts as a barometer of the South African jazz scene, reflecting our heritage as well as international trends, and opening up opportunities for networking and collaboration,” says Festival Director Alan Webster. “The festival is about acknowledging our roots as South Africans and inviting the world in. We’re not asking how to do it – but sharing experiences with musicians from all over the world to create something new.”

Webster, who has been responsible for putting the programme together since he took over as director in 2001, says the world’s musicians relish the opportunity to visit Grahamstown because of the festival’s high artistic credibility and aesthetic integrity. “It offers musicians 10 days to network, collaborate and learn from each other,” he says.

This collective improvisational energy will perhaps be best experienced this year in The Bjaerv Encounters and Kesivan & The Lights, which will see jazz superstar Kesivan Naidoo mixing it up with the Swedish musicians he met when he played the festival 10 years ago. “There’s no doubt that that experience was a key influence on what Kesivan has become,” says Webster. “It is Grahamstown that allowed that to happen- it’s the essence of what jazz is supposed to be.”

This year, Bokani Dyer, another former Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, will share the stage with four Swiss musicians he met during his residency in Basel. The Bokani Dyer Quintet will merge the vitality of contemporary South African Jazz with Swiss precision and musicianship.

For more information or to make a booking, go to the official website {here}

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