Tuesday, November 25, 2008

20% off Everything at Yamahamusicsoft!

From Wed 26th November - Monday December 1st, we're offering a 20% discount on everything at Yamahamusicsoft!

Also, check out our Holiday Gift Idea pages for the music lover on your list!

If this sale seems appealing, you may want to consider signing up for our weekly newsletter - which will keep you updated on all forthcoming promotions."

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Exercise On Demand

The new "Exercise on Demand" service for the CLP-300 series is the latest piano learning innovation from Yamaha. The service, which launched earlier in the fall, provides instant, online access to practice guides for a wide-range of piano methods suitable not only for beginners but for students of all types, up to advanced level pianists.

So what’s so different about using Exercise on Demand for practice, rather than just practicing? Exercise on Demand uses all the great features of your CLP, along with interactive guides for lessons you’re already working on, to help you effectively practice the piano. With normal practice, you’ll need to first acquaint yourself with the music, then methodically go over the piece until you get it right – trying out different tempos, repeating difficult passages, or practicing left and right hand parts separately.
Exercise on Demand makes all of these aspects of practicing easier and more effective. For each lesson you can listen to professionally played examples, play along while muting the left-hand or right-hand, to focus on individual parts, or raise or lower the tempo to meet your practicing needs. You can also set the playback to repeat a specified section of the piece continuously so you can isolate difficult parts and practice until you’ve got them down.

Free trial practice guides are available, but the premium service, which is available for monthly or annual subscription, adds the “My Exercises” feature to save your playlist of methods you're currently working on and gives you access to over 400 interactive lessons.

For more information, or to sign up for a free Exercise On Demand Trial check out the links below.

Learn more about Exercise on Demand

Sign Up for Exercies on Demand

View a List of Free Trial Exercises
View All 400 + Available Exercise on Demand Exercises

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What's New on Yamahamusicsoft This Week - New Styles and Songs

This week we're happy to announce the release of over 100 new songs and styles from our friends at Midi Spot studios in Denmark.

Billy Joel and the Rolling Stones are among the artists covered in this update, and the new styles include swing beats and auto accompaniments to help you play your early rock and roll and Elvis favorites.

We've also got new Yamaha song files, including Os Mutantes's "A Minha Menina", which you've probably heard in this McDonald's commerical, and some Christmas favorites - "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Silver Bells" and the Beach Boys's "Little Saint Nick".

The new files come in a variety of formats, so whether you're using a workstation or a portable keyboard, you'll be able to find what you're looking for. These can be downloaded easily from yamahamusicsoft, or directly on your instrument through Internet Direct Connection.

Click here to see the full list of new files, or click below for here for new styles or new songs.

We've also released two new PianoSoft disks this week: Beach Boys Best in PianoSoft Solo format, and the Smart PianoSoft accompaniment to Nat King Cole's holiday masterpiece, A Christmas Song.

See all new PianoSoft here.

-Doug and the Yamahamusicsoft Team

Yamaha Artist Elton John Tours With Billy Joel

Earlier this week the top selling artist in Yamahamusicsoft history, and proud partner in creation of the Yamaha Red Piano, Elton John, announced a co-headlining world tour with fellow Yamahamusicsoft favorite Billy Joel.

The tour is planned to start in spring 2009, and will feature John and Joel performing both seperately and together.

The superstar pairing has a history of touring dating back to the "Face to Face" tours that the two embarked on between 1994 and 2003. Specific dates for the 2009 tour have not yet been released, but expect a full announcement soon.

Of course, if you can't wait to see these two together in concert, you can always tide yourself over with songs from Yamahamusicsoft.

Billy Joel at Yamahamusicsoft
Elton John at Yamahamusicsoft

[From Reuters UK]

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Special - Free "Hail to the Chief" Sheet Music

In honor of election day, Digital Music Notebook is offering free sheet music today for "Hail to the Chief", the official song of the President of the United States. No matter who you're supporting, enjoy the excitement with this classic, stately tune. And don't forget to vote!

Download and print out free sheet music for "Hail to the Chief"

About "Hail to the Chief"

The song was designated as the official song of the President in 1954, but was first performed in 1812. "Hail to the Chief" is most often credited to James Sanderson (1769-1841) but owes its roots to a traditional scottish melody.

About Digital Music Notebook

Digital Music Notebook is more than a new piece of software for learning and practicing music, and it's more than an online music store. It's both! The cutting edge features of the free Digital Music Notebook player program along and the ever expanding catalog of songs and lesson books from the Digital Music Notebook online store combine to create a new and exciting system for learning music with your PC.

The Digital Music Notebook player is your gateway to all of the innovative learning features of the Digital Music Notebook system. The player is a standalone PC program which is free to download. And, since the online store at digitalmusicnotebook.com is integrated directly into the player, you can search for new songs, download and make purchases whenever you want to without having to use another program.

Click here to download the free player now!