Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yamaha MusicSoft Downloader - Your Access To A World of Music And Content

Are you one of our many keyboard owners that would like enjoy the songs and styles found on our site, but have discovered you need MusicSoft Downloader to do so? If that’s you, then this is your opportunity to find out where to get it and how to use it!

MusicSoft downloader is computer program that allows your keyboard to connect with your computer and transfer music and other content. This application is not necessary for those instruments that have a “USB to Device” port, because files can be transferred with a common USB flash drive. But for those instruments, such as a PSR-E343 keyboard, which only have a “USB to Host” port, MusicSoft Downloader is your key.




With this free PC application and a simple USB printer cable, you can purchase and download content from our site, then transfer it to your keyboard for playback. 




The interface is easy to use, and works seamlessly between instrument and PC.


If you’re ready to get MusicSoft Downloader and begin a whole new level of musical enjoyment with your instrument, then start by going to the Yamaha Download Page.



On this page, enter your instrument model number, and click Search. Once the search results are displayed, click on the link to your instrument model:



The results will show all of the available downloads (assets) for your model.


Click on the MusicSoft Downloader file name



Once downloaded, install it in your computer. Then connect your computer to your keyboard with a common USB printer cable.

Launch the application and follow the instructions.

You are now connected with MusicSoft Downloader.


Happy Music Making!

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Music of the Big Screen

This week, all eyes are on Hollywood in anticipation of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Many people are waiting with baited breath for the announcement of the Best Picture, Best Actor, or Best Director, but the musicians among us can't wait to know who will win Best Original Song. While we wait for the big announcement on Sunday, let's look back at some of the nominees and winners from years past. Check out these tunes at Yamaha MusicSoft by clicking the links below.

Let It Go from Frozen - Winner 2014
The song that swept the nation is still on every tongue a year after it won Best Original Song in the 86th Academy Awards. This compelling anthem by Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson Lopez has been a sensation with music lovers of every age and background.

Happy from Despicable Me 2 - Nominee 2014
Pharrell Williams created one of the catchiest tunes of 2014 with his hand-clapping song "Happy". Paired with the adorably bumbling minions from the animated feature Despicable Me 2, this instant hit has brought smiles to faces across the nation and around the world.

Skyfall from Skyfall - Winner 2013
Singer Adele and Producer Paul Epworth teamed up to create this soulful original ballad for one of the most iconic movie character's of all time, James Bond. Featured in the imaginative opening credit sequence for the gritty third installment of the Bond films starring Daniel Craig, this song showcased Adele's signature smoky yet powerful vocal styling.

Man or Muppet from The Muppets - Winner 2012
Singer-songwriter Bret McKenzie crafted this humorous ballad for the 2011 installment of the beloved Muppets film series. Brought to the big screen by actors Jason Segel and Pter Linz, this song was a huge success for Walt Disney Pictures.

Enjoy the Oscar's! We look forward to listening to this year's Best Original Song with you all soon.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Favorite Love Songs


Valentine's Day is tomorrow, so this week we wanted to share some of our favorite love songs. From romantic to poignant, there's a wealth of great music that focuses on the eternal subject of love. Read on to discover some of the best love songs ever written - according to the Yamaha MusicSoft staff. Then check out Printable Sheet Music and more from these artists at YamahaMusicSoft.com

Justin - Web Marketing Specialist
“Do You Believe In Love?” by Huey Lewis and The News
I've always loved Mr. Lewis’ love song because it’s about love at first sight, and the possibilities of what that could bring.

Maggie - Designer
"It's Not Over" by Daughtry 
This is a memorable song for me because my boyfriend was the one who introduced the artist to me at the beginning of our relationship.

Mike - Marketing Analyst
"Love's Theme" by Barry White
Great song, great groove, and when I’ve felt the love, this song always comes to mind.

Celeste - Marketing and Promotions Specialist
"Love Changes Everything" by Andrew Lloyd Webber
As a musical theater fan, I love great show tunes about love and romance. This song has such an uplifting chorus and the idea that love changes how we see the world is so true.



Friday, February 6, 2015

The GRAMMY's - Nathan East

There is big news for Yamaha's Entertainment Group this year - Yamaha artist and world-class bassist Nathan East's debut solo album has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award. The self-titled album, Nathan East, is the first album produced by the Yamaha Entertainment Group of America label to be nominated.

With a star studded career as a touring and studio bassist, collaborating with artists including Eric Clapton, Bob James, Sara Bareilles, and Stevie Wonder, Nathan East is one of the most celebrated bass players of his generation. This breakout solo album features thirteen instrumental and vocal tracks that celebrate the artists rich and versatile style.

Best known for his work with the award-winning smooth jazz group Fourplay, East also received global recognition for his performance with french electronic artists Daft Punk at the 56th  GRAMMY Awards ceremony. He pays homage to the duo on his new album with the track "Daft Funk".

You can check out Nathan's interview about the album on the GRAMMY.com site here.

Congratulations to Nathan East and the Yamaha Entertainment Group label on an amazing album. We'll be rooting for them this year!

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.