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James Michael Nugent

James Nugent, author and contributor at Higher Hz

James is a professional pianist, sound designer, music educator, and senior writer at Higher Hz, where he covers pianos, MIDI controllers, and synthesizers.

Having studied music initially as a pianist, he developed a passion for composition and harmony. That passion led him to sound design and the world of digital/analog synths. After starting his career as a working musician, James took a step back from performing to focus on other areas within the music industry. Over the past 20 years, James has gained vast experience as a performer, educator, composer, and content creator.

James has worked on various educational projects to highlight the many benefits of music. Through collaborations with organizations like Youth Music UK and brands like JBL, he has worked as the lead on campaigns to encourage young people to get involved in music. James has also composed music for campaigns promoting mental health awareness.

As such a synthesizer and tech enthusiast, testing, reviewing, and demoing new hardware/software is something James spends a lot of time on. Working as a writer, James covers some of the largest music industry tradeshows (especially synth-based ones like Superbooth), creating content showcasing the latest releases from manufacturers and developers.

Creating content has become an integral part of James's career and an area where he has worked with some of the music industry's leading brands. James has created demo and tutorial content for brands like Akai Professional, iZotope, and Plugin Boutique, gaining hundreds of thousands of views.

James is a music maker first, and anything he writes comes from an honest perspective of someone who loves music.

The 12 most iconic piano/keyboard riffs ever

Keyboard riffs don’t always develop the same legendary status that iconic guitar riffs do, but we keyboardists have our moments. I’ve been thinking about the most iconic keyboard riffs of all time, particularly those that shape many musicians’ early working lives.

Korg Liano review: Premium piano tones at budget prices

The Korg Liano is an 88-key, budget-friendly stage piano aimed primarily at beginners. With a few premium touches, Korg’s Liano should provide stiff competition to every other keyboard in its class.

Having tested many beginner keyboards, I’d expect the Liano to deliver a good piano sound in a reasonably portable package. In this review, we’ll find out if the Korg Liano meets expectations.

The 8 best Yamaha keyboards and digital pianos for 2024

Yamaha is one of the few manufacturers with a stellar reputation for creating excellent instruments for all levels and budgets. That reputation, whether buying a concert grand piano or a beginner keyboard, makes Yamaha one of the most popular and trusted brands by students and professionals.

With so many great options, I’m picking out the best Yamaha keyboards and digital pianos available right now.

The 15 greatest classical piano pieces/concertos ever

The piano brings together every element of music like nothing else. Pianists often deal with melody, harmony, rhythm, and percussion simultaneously, making the piano an incredibly expressive and dynamic instrument.

Much of the most beautiful and challenging classical music ever written was written for the piano, and I’ve picked out my favorites.

The 10 easiest instruments to learn for beginners of any age

To be a professional musician takes time and effort, no matter what you play. Although, as a beginner, some instruments are easier than others.

I have picked out the easiest instruments to learn for both kids and adults. So, check out the list, make your choice, and start your musical journey today!