Friday, November 21, 2014

Frozen! Watch a demo of how to use the new Smart PianoSoft album to Disney's Frozen

One of the most innovative products available to Yamaha Disklaviers is Smart PianoSoft. This is a downloadable album of companion MIDI data that goes along with some of your favorite albums.

Speaking of favorite albums, what kid (and yes, adult) doesn't love the enduring soundtrack from Disney's Frozen? In this video post, we'll use this popular (and compatible) soundtrack to demonstrate the magic that a Disklavier paired with Smart PianoSoft can make.

This soundtrack pairs with Selections from Frozen, the Smart PianoSoft album that serves as its companion.

With your Disklavier, you can entertain and create fond memories for your friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season, using Smart PianoSoft albums and compatible CDs.

Watch the video below and see how easy it is to get Smart PianoSoft up and running!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sing This Season!

Did you know your keyboard has a built in karaoke machine? With a lyric-enabled instrument such as a Yamaha Clavinova CVP-series or DGX digital piano, Tyros, or PSR-S arranger workstation, you can enjoy singing along with your favorite songs. If you love singing then you’ll love Yamaha’s catalog of thousands of downloadable MIDI Song files that contain lyrics.  Read on for a quick how-to guide that will get you started. 

How to search for songs with lyrics on

All of our Yamaha Premium Songs offer lyrics for karaoke. To locate these titles, select MIDI Songs from the “Play” menu on, then open the filter labeled "Brand" on the left hand side of the page. Select  “Yamaha Premium Songs” to see songs with lyrics. 

How to turn on the lyrics function on your keyboard: 

Once downloaded into your instrument, you can press the lyric button on the panel to see the words to the song on your screen. 

Now you're ready to sing along while your instrument plays the MIDI Song! The pages of lyrics will turn in time with the music, just like a real karaoke machine. Happy singing!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yamaha CVP Series: How to use the Guide and Score functions on your Clavinova

One of the best features of the CVP Series Clavinovas is the ability to learn any MIDI Song using the Guide and Score functions. 

Guide Function: When you have a song selected and press "Guide", the Clavinova will play the intro of the song, then wait for you to play the first note. The note will be highlighted by either a red or green light.

Score Function: You can display the musical notation of the MIDI song on the Clavinova screen. You'll see every note of the right hand part, so you'll be able to play the melody and follow the notes in no time!

When played together, these two functions provide a powerful learning tool, and instantaneous results! In the video below, listen to the beautiful orchestration of the "Let It Go" Follow Lights song, while the Clavinova waits for the next note!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It's a Grand Slam! Little-Known Facts About Our Triple Play Artists

To celebrate the upcoming WorldSeries, we selected nine iconic artists who knock it out of the park. Then we picked three hit songs from each artist to create collectible MIDI Triple Play bundles. If you missed any of these bundles during the first nine innings of our Take Me Out to the Ball Game promotion, you can now purchase all of these bundles during our Grand Slam week

While you’re browsing, check out these fun facts about our featured artists:

Avicii – Fighting Hunger with Music

This 25 year old superstar DJ has certainly seen his fair share of success. In 2012 he made history as the first DJ to headline the Radio City Music Hall in New York City and his first breakout hit, “Levels” was played on Shazam over 3.5 million times that same year. But Avicii is trying to share his success with the world through House for Hunger, a non-profit charity the artist founded with his manager Ash Pournouri.

Elton John – A Life of Performance

Like many great piano prodigies, Sir Elton Hercules John started his performance career at a young age, attending the Royal Academy of Music at age 11 and performing in local pubs by age 15. Since then he has played over 3,000 concerts in 75 countries. He was even the first Western pop star to tour the Soviet Union in 1979. In 2013 Sir Elton collaborated with Yamaha on a limited movie theater release of his current Las Vegas show, “The Million Dollar Piano”.

Helene Fischer – International Talent

German pop icon Helene Fischer was actually born in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She immigrated with her family to Germany at the age of four. Following her graduation from school she attended the Frankfurt Stage and Musical School to study singing and acting. The vocal training certainly paid off and she has since achieved international fame, winning eight Echo awards as well as four “Krone der Volksmusik” awards, and a Bambi accolade.

Adele – Songwriting Powerhouse

International sensation Adele thinks of herself as a singer first and foremost. Citing Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, and Mary J. Blige as inspirations, she has crafted two award winning albums, “19” and “21”, named after her respective ages when she began work on those records. Adele is also another record breaking artist as the first female singer to take the top the artist, album, and singles spots on the US Billboard charts in the same year.

ABBA – Breaking Records Around the World

2010 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ABBAs famous foursome has smashed musical records all over the world. In fact, their greatest hits album, “Gold”, is one of the best-selling records in music history. Though the group has vowed to never reunite, from their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest victory to their hit singles and popular records, ABBA remains a formidable force in the music industry.

Andrea Berg – Award Winning German Songstress

Talented artist Andrea Berg has a well storied history of success in her homeland. With fourteen popular albums and several singles at the top of German charts, this vivacious singer has won over twelve awards for her music, including the Echo award and Germany’s Goldene Stimmgabel.

Coldplay – The Statesmen of Rock

While many of the anecdotes surrounding Coldplay’s rise to fame are humorous – their first official song was called “Ode to Deodorant” and the band at one point had their headquarters in a London bakery – the success of this group is no laughing matter. The group started when all four members attended University College London in 1996. Since their formation the band has won numerous awards, including eight Brit Awards, five MTV Video Music awards, and seven Grammy Awards.

The Beatles – Defining Iconic

No list of iconic artists would be complete without a nod to the legendary Fab Four. Widely accepted as the most influential group in the rock era, all four band members were appointed as Members of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to this honor, the band holds the title of best-selling band in history with over 600 million sold worldwide.

Jürgen Drews – Singer and Actor

Popular Schlager musician Jürgen Drews received his first award for Best Banjo-Player of Schleswig-Holstein, the province of his hometown in Germany. He rose to celebrity as a member of the 1970s pop group “Les Humphries Singers” before launching a successful solo career. In addition to his musical pursuits, Drews has also prospered on the silver screen with multiple appearances in German films and television. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kooky Karaoke – a fun way to enjoy special voice-changing effects on your Clavinova!

The Yamaha Clavinova CVP and Tyros instruments feature several different voice effects, including ones that drastically change the sound of your voice. Just plug in a microphone to your instrument, locate the voice effects section, and you’ll be enjoying a whole new level of music!

Craig Knudsen, Yamaha Clavinova artist, has taken this technology and merged it with a classic Halloween favorite – Monster Mash! In one song, you’ll experience several different outrageous voice effects. Just sing into the mic in your normal voice, and you’ll be instantly transformed into a ghoulish Boris Karloff, then transformed again to a harmonized group of backup singers! The karaoke lyrics appear right on your screen, in sync with the music. You sing the song, and your Clavinova or Tyros does all the rest.

The technology is truly amazing. You don’t even have to be a great singer. With pitch correction, auto harmony, pitch change, reverb, and other effects, you can sound like just about anyone – or anything!

To see voice effects in action – check out the video on the "Monster Mash" product page.