Thursday, January 29, 2015

Introducing Your Yamaha MusicSoft Social Team


Introducing The Faces Behind the Names

We want to introduce all our readers to the team of devoted music players and enthusiasts that make the Yamaha MusicSoft social media machine run. We often joke that we could put together an awesome Office Band and for this week's introduction post we made it a reality. Check out bios for the band members below!


Maggie L. - Designer
Maggie is one of the newest members of the Yamaha MusicSoft social squad. She is a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays violin, flute, piano, and piccolo. She is the creative talent behind the images for our blog and social media posts. 

Allison D. - Director
Allison is the director of Yamaha MusicSoft team. She is an avid music lover and aspiring musician. She loves singing in the car and injecting her own brand of musical humor into our social media posts.  

Justin G. - Web Marketing Specialist
Justin keeps the gears moving in the Yamaha MusicSoft shop and selects our weekly Staff Picks featuring favorite products from the site. A long-time guitar player and vocalist, he sometimes performs with his band at local venues. 


Daniel P. - Office Administrator 
The man with a plan, Daniel keeps our office running smoothly and answers many of the questions we receive via social media. He loves playing trumpet and listening to music of all kinds. He is excited to work for a company where he can see the joy of music being shared around the world. 


Celeste W. - Marketing and Promotions Specialist
A long-time musician and former opera singer, Celeste received an undergraduate degree in music and a graduate degree in business before coming to Yamaha. She organizes our social media strategy, runs our twitter account, and schedules many of our posts. 


Mike H. - Marketing Analyst
Another new member to the team, Mike crunches all the numbers and does research for our social media pages. Mike loves learning and playing new riffs on his alto saxophone. 

 

Jason N. - Marketing Manager
A veteran keyboard performer and music enthusiast, Jason brings years of experience playing Yamaha instruments to the team. As our foremost expert on Yamaha keyboards, he helps us choose social content for keyboard players worldwide. 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

What is NAMM?


This week, many of our readers will be inundated with social media posts and more about the 2015 NAMM Show. And many of those same readers will probably be asking, "What on earth is the NAMM show?" This post is for any of you who have that same question. 

What is the NAMM Show?

The NAMM Show, sponsored by the non-profit National Association of Music Merchants, is one of the largest music trade-shows on the globe. The primary NAMM Show is held every January at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. There is a smaller Summer NAMM trade show hosted annually in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The NAMM Show is a "trade only" event, meaning the show is not open to the public; you have work for a music organization (or know someone who does) to get in. At the show music equipment manufacturers, artists, dealers, and other industry professionals come together to network and do business. 

In addition to the business aspect of the show, the event draws famous artists from around the world for performances and concerts throughout the weekend. 

Who is NAMM? 

The National Association of Music Merchants is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the benefits and pleasures of music making around the globe. Through various NAMM events, grants, research and education, the organization strives to support the companies and organizations that bring the joy of music making to children and adults around the world. 

To learn more about the NAMM Show visit: https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2015

To discover more about the National Association of Music Merchants visit: http://www.nammfoundation.org/


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tips for New Instrument Owners


Did you receive a new instrument over the holidays? Feeling overwhelmed by all the awesome stuff you can do with your new instrument? This blog is for you.

We know that many of you are excited to start a new musical journey this year, so we wanted to share a few tips on how to get the most out of your new instrument. This entry is geared towards customers in the United States. For tips on registration for customers outside the US, please visit this page and select your country.

Register Your Instrument
Once you the excitement of tearing the wrapping paper off your fabulous new keyboard, guitar, or other instrument has faded enough for you to get online, you can go here to sign up for a Yamaha My Account. Once you've signed in you'll be able to register your new instrument and much more.

Note: If you are US customer, you'll need to create a separate Yamaha MusicSoft account to buy MIDI Songs, Printable Sheet Music, and more from the Yamaha MusicSoft store.

Print User Manuals
If you need to view or print a copy of the user manual for your new instrument click here then select your instrument from the menus on the left of the screen.

Shop for Printable Sheet Music and More
The Yamaha MusicSoft site offers a huge selection of downloadable and printable products to go with your new instrument. The number of options can seem overwhelming, so we are highlighting a few of our universally compatible products that would be great for any new instrument owner.

Playground Sessions
This revolutionary new online keyboard learning software makes learning to play the piano fun, fast, easy, and rewarding. Co-created by music legend Quincy Jones, this software uses your favorite popular songs, videos, and great progress reports to teach proper playing technique. Sign up today!

Printable Sheet Music
Now you can instantly print sheet music for popular songs, piano exercises and much more, directly from your computer! With over 50,000 titles, our library has something for everyone. Browse now!

Custom Audio Backing Tracks
You can make your own mix with these easy-to-customize MP3 tracks. Change the levels on up to 8 separate audio tracks, recorded by live studio musicians to create an unlimited number of downloads for practice and performance. Start mixing!

No matter what you want to do with your new instrument, Yamaha can help. If you have more questions about your instrument or registration, please visit www.yamaha.com and click on the support page for your country. If you need help with Yamaha MusicSoft products, get in touch with our customer support representatives at www.4wrd.it/YMSSupport.

Best of luck as you take the next steps on your musical journey!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Musical Resolutions


We know many of our readers made musical resolutions for the new year, so we thought we'd share a few musical resolutions of our own.

Sarah Wilkerson - Project Manager
"My goal in 2015 is to dedicate myself to practicing regularly for my weekly keyboard class so I can expand my musical horizons!"

Maggie Lu - Designer
"My 2015 new year’s resolution is to sing better even if it's only the car or the shower."

Daniel Penland - Office Administrator
"My music resolution is to play my trumpet regularly again. It's just sitting in the case right now collecting dust. I haven't really played in the last two years since my son was born. This year I'm going to get it back out and play more often!"

Justin Gutierrez - Web Marketing Specialist
"I'm going to learn to play new songs on the piano. I'm thinking something by The Beatles."

Celeste Wychopen - Marketing and Promotions Specialist
"This year I want to sing more often. I haven't been in a regular choir since I left college. I want to get back into choral singing in some capacity. I love the collaborative aspect of singing in a choir, I miss making music in a group like that."

Jacob Beltran - Web Developer
"I don't play any instruments, but I'm an avid music listener. This year I want to expand my horizons by listening to new artists. It's my goal to find at least one new artist to listen to every month this year."

Jason Nyberg - Marketing Manager
"In the new year I want to do the unthinkable and find an actual use for the twelve-tone scale."

Share your musical resolutions with us in the comments below, on our wall on Facebook, or using the hashtag #MusicalResolutions on Twitter!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Highlights of 2014

As Sinatra once sang, “It was a very good year.”

2014 gave us lots to be excited about here at Yamaha MusicSoft. We added several new product lines, and continued to enhance our existing ones, as more and more music lovers discovered all that we offer to help them achieve musical fulfillment. Here’s some of the highlights:

Printable Sheet MusicPrintable Sheet Music

We added over 50,000 instantly printable sheet music titles! This development project was one of our prime goals for 2014, and we now have a continuously updated library of sheet music for our customers, giving them a one stop shop for everything they need to make music. 


Synth Voice Libraries

In 2014, we invited owners of Yamaha synthesizers, like the Motif, to the Yamaha MusicSoft family. Over 40 voice libraries have been added to expand the sound capabilities of these amazing instruments. We instantly found musicians around the world downloading new sounds ranging from vintage 80s keyboard libraries to ethereal string banks. 

Custom Audio Backing Tracks

We had offered these amazing audio multi-track songs in the past, but in 2014 we revived the library with hundreds of new listings. If you haven’t experience them yet, you really need to check them out! Become an instant mixing engineer and remix audio tracks of popular songs performed by Nashville studio musicians and singers, then download the mix as an MP3 file. They are a must-have for drummers, singers, and anyone who wants to play along with great musicians.


Playground Sessions

This groundbreaking method to learning piano was co-created by Quincy Jones, and it gives Yamaha keyboard owners an incredible way to learn to play at home. With interactive features, hours of videos, and a large library of popular songs to learn and master, we are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Playground Sessions and offer their amazing product. 


There’s much more to come in 2015, but we can’t reveal our secrets just yet! Thanks for your support in the past year, and from all of us at Yamaha MusicSoft to all of you, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!