Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Top 10 hits for expanding your musical horizons!

Welcome to YamahaMusicSoft.com!

We say “welcome” because we want to welcome you to our site if you are a first-time visitor and welcome you back if you are a returning user. We’ve put together a “Top 10” list of categories to browse on our site.

We’ve had some feedback from users that while some of our products sound interesting, they’re not exactly sure how to use them. This blog post will be the first in a series that explains how the Yamaha MusicSoft product line can help make you a better musician or performer.

We’ve also received comments from several people that do not current own a Yamaha instrument and wonder, “Is there anything here for me?” The answer is a resounding – YES! We have several products including MIDI Songs, easy piano learning series like Playground Sessions, printable sheet music and more.

So what is Yamaha MusicSoft? Yamaha MusicSoft is the official digital music software store for Yamaha. We sell a variety of products that interface with instruments. There is a lot of information on our site so we want to break it down by the most popular categories:

1) Premium MIDI Songs – Thousands of MIDI songs that you can load into your Yamaha instrument or any other instrument/computer that supports the playback of MIDI files

2) Custom Audio Backing Tracks – Make your own digital mixes of “sound-a-like” songs from your favorite artists and sing or play along

3) Playground Sessions – Easy online piano learning system – Play your favorite song in 30 days or less!

4) Printable sheet music – Customize and print sheet music from your computer!

5) “You Are The Artist” – Play along with the hits with this exciting series of books and companion MIDI songs

6) PianoSoft – Listen to your favorite piano performances on your Yamaha Disklavier, keyboard or digital piano

7) PianoRadio – Over 25 channels of streaming radio on-demand in a wide variety of musical styles

8) Expansion Packs – Premium expansion libraries for your Yamaha Arranger Workstation or Motif synth

9) DTX Drums – Expansion libraries for Yamaha’s award-winning electronic drum kits

10) Traditional sheet music – Individual songs and songbooks shipped to your door

If you have any recommendations for additions to the site, we encourage you to leave your feedback below. We’d love to hear your tips for using instrument downloads to take your music to the next level.

Stay tuned to future blog posts for tips on how to use each of the categories!

Thanks for stopping by!
The Yamaha Musicsoft Team

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jaws movie theme – 40th Anniversary Tribute on the Yamaha Disklavier

For those of you that remember when “Jaws” first hit the theater it was one of the most terrifying and suspenseful films made to date! At the time of its original release, it was the highest-grossing film in history. 40 years later, it still holds up as a classic movie benchmark with an iconic theme song that still keeps people out of the water.

As a tribute, filmmaker Tony Desare put together this short film. The keys, chords and reverberations take on a thrilling life of their own, but the piano playing itself isn’t some Hollywood film trick. Tony enlisted the musical stylings of Yamaha’s own Craig Knudsen for the Disklavier’s key animations. (The music was recorded using a Yamaha DC7XE3PRO Disklavier piano.)

Disklavier uses a fiber-optic sensing system that records a pianists performance, capturing minute details such as how fast the keys are pressed and even released. This is what allows the Disklavier to reproduce something like “Jaws,” which includes a variety of key motions. Here is another wonderful example of how Yamaha’s Disklavier technology can entertain and inspire!

You can create an exciting piano performance in your own home without touching a key. YamahaMusicSoft.com has an exciting collection of PianoSoft songs that you can download for your Disklavier. Whether it’s to scare your goldfish or enjoy music while you host a party, a library of songs on your Disklavier is essential to take advantage of the instrument’s capabilities.

Have you checked out the Jaws video or used a Disklavier for your own dramatic purposes? Let us know in the comments.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Printable Sheet Music Titles Available at Yamaha MusicSoft

Last week, Yamaha MusicSoft released 200 new titles of Printable Sheet Music!  Every genre and ability level is included in this release.  Instantly customize and print your favorite songs with the convenience of sheet music at your fingertips.

Here are just a few of our latest releases.

Megan Trainor

Blake Shelton

The Grateful Dead

Dear Future Husband

Printing sheet music from Yamaha is as easy as 1-2-3.  Click here for a simple tutorial on downloading the correct software, purchasing sheet music, and printing your songs.

If you're looking for a title and can't find it, leave a comment below with your favorite.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chord Tracker - Amazing app that analyzes your music and shows you the chords!

Have you ever tried to figure out what the chords are to your favorite songs? Well, search no further because now Yamaha’s new Chord Tracker app does the hard work for you!

The Yamaha Chord Tracker app for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad helps you practice and perform songs by analyzing the audio of any song stored on you iOS device and displaying the chord symbols for you.

As a performer, it is great to have a tool like this to help me transcribe new songs where the sheet music isn’t available. Or, if I’m having a hard time hearing the “quality” of the chord (major, minor, 7ths, etc.), Chord Tracker helps me solve the mystery chords.

We had Mike, from our marketing team, give Chord Tracker a test drive using music from our Custom Audio Backing Tracks:

Once the song is analyzed, you can change the tempo or key of the song. You can even edit the chords to make your own arrangement of the song by choosing from two recommended chords or selecting the chord root and chord type.

Download Chord Tracker for FREE on the iTunes App Store, try it out and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Tom Ring
Yamaha MusicSoft Product Specialist

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Is music part of your 4th of July?

 Yamaha Disklavier 4th of July

Because we live music-centric lifestyles here at Yamaha MusicSoft, music is a natural part of the holiday season. However, we realize that is not necessarily the case for everyone else. So, we’d like to hear from you to see if and how music is a part of your 4th of July?

I’ve spent that last few years attending a 4th of July celebration in my local community park. During the day they have bands playing a mix of classic rock, summer-themed songs and patriotic music. The fireworks display at night is usually accompanied by patriotic music in a variety of genres culminating with a big fanfare during the grand finale. It tends to bring up a mixture of emotions with memories of summers past and a look to the future.

If you are looking for some musical inspiration for your holiday gathering, check out the Yamaha MusicSoft website for 4th of July-themed titles. Or, if you own a Yamaha keyboard, Clavinova or Disklavier that you can connect directly to the internet, we suggest you check out the “Songs of America” channel on our Piano Radio service. One of these may be the perfect music solution to accompany your holiday party!