Thursday, April 7, 2016

Yamaha Tyros5 Arranger Workstations Are the Perfect Songwriting Partner

As a musician you want to capture musical ideas as inspiration hits. But what happens when you’ve got a band or ensemble in your head and no way to capture the full scope of sounds? That’s where the Yamaha Tyros5 arranger workstation keyboard saves the day.

With the Tyros5 you have a range of backing bands at your fingertips with Style Files in a large variety of music genres. The wide spectrum of instrument Voices allows you to play leads or melodies at the same time.

Watch as Nashville-based Yamaha artist Howard Laravea takes a piece of music from concept to demo using the Tyros5, Style Files and Voices. In the recording studio the Tyros5 allows him to play back the demo for professional musicians so they can quickly and easily create a finished arrangement.

Learn more about Style Files here.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

From Motif to Montage, Yamaha MusicSoft Has You Covered

Blake Angelos from the Yamaha Synth team has a nice article about the evolution of Yamaha Synths from the original MOTIF to Montage, coming next month.  As Blake mentions in the article, "Technology has dramatically changed since the original MOTIF launched in 2001, and that reality has greatly changed how musicians utilize and interact with a keyboard instrument.

Montage will be in stores this May, in just a few weeks.  If you are considering it, check out the Montage Early Adopter promotion here. There are over $200 worth of pedals for free by signing up early.

Yamaha MusicSoft supports MOTIF and will support Montage with Synth Voice Libraries.  Our store is getting ready now to make as many Synth Voice Libraries available for Montage when it launches in May.  If you have product suggestions for any Yamaha Synth, let us know in the comment section.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

One of the most played pianos in the world

Yamaha and Disneyland. A partnership that has lasted for decades!

In a recent article released by the Orange County Register, the Yamaha model YUS1 upright piano was featured as “one of the most played pianos in the world" at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.

Check out the full article here.

Also, Yamaha is an official supplier of instruments to the Disneyland Resort and the DisneylandAll-American College Band . The Orange County Register highlighted that on-going relationship in this article published last fall.

Yamaha continues to bring musical enjoyment to a diverse list of venues from around the world.

Have you spotted any Yamaha instruments at places in your town? Please share with us below!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

All about Style Files

We’ve received a number of questions from visitors about Yamaha Style Files. What they are and how to use them.

“Styles” are built into many Yamaha arranger workstation keyboards. These Styles are controlled by a single finger or chords played with your left hand. When you play a chord on your Yamaha keyboard, an entire backing ensemble will join your performance based on that chord. Style Files allow you to take a whole band with you on the go or work on new compositions in a variety of musical genres. From rock to jazz, from classical to country, Style Files will make you sound like a pro!

 Built-in Styles on Yamaha keyboards

If you need a backing band, Style Files can provide the perfect ensemble for an original song, a cover, or an improvisation session. And, when you are ready for new Styles, browse the available Styles for download on the Yamaha MusicSoft website!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, perhaps a video is worth even more! Here is a short overview video of what Style Files are all about:

As always, please submit comments or questions below.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Play the Music from the Biggest Night in Music

The 58th GRAMMY awards are Monday, February 15, 2016 with nominees including Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Courtney Barnett, Chris Stapleton, Wiz Khalifa, Ellie Goulding and many more!

This is guaranteed to be an amazing show with stellar musical performances from Adele, Tarylor Swift, Alabana Shakes, Travis Barker, James Bay, Justin Bieber, Jackson Brown, Diplo, Elli Goulding, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood just to name a few.

With so much musical talent in one place you may find the show inspirational or daunting. If your musical creativity is stuck in a "Blank Space", Yamaha MusicSoft has just thing to put some "Uptown Funk" into your step to help you play music you "Really Love". Check out our curated GRAMMYs® songs with the best and brightest musicians from this year's nominees and former winners. Pick your current favorites, then tune in to the 58th GRAMMY awards to see how your own rendition stacks up to the originals.

Keep playing your music, and maybe next year it will be you on the GRAMMY stage. No matter how or what you play, we want to see how you use Yamaha MusicSoft products to make music. Share your music with us using #YamahaMusicSoft or tag us in your posts across our social media accounts.