Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lennon and McCartney Radio: The Beatles and Beyond on Your Yamaha Keyboard

If you've heard music in the past 50 years, chances are you've heard your share of songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Between pioneering innovative studio techniques, taking teen pop to new heights, defining what a rock band can be, and serving as icons of 1960s counter-culture, Lennon and McCartney were a unique force in musical history as members of the Beatles. In their post Beatles solo careers, both Lennon and McCartney continued to produce groundbreaking and popular music - Lennon with "Imagine" and the Plastic Ono Band, and McCartney with his band Wings and hits like "Band on the Run". And now, with a Yamaha instrument you can enjoy the their timeless songs in an entirely new way: by experiencing live, original piano performances played right on your instrument, whenever you want.

For a limited time only, you can hear the Beatles on their own exclusive Piano Radio channel. With the new channel, you can enjoy piano arrangements of your favorite Beatles songs played live on your instrument, whenever you want. Plus, each song you'll hear was recorded by one of Yamaha's acclaimed PianoSoft artists, and will be reproduced on your instrument exactly as it was originally performed. Check out some examples of what you can expect to hear on the new channel:

We Can Work It Out (From "In My Life - Beatles 1965")


Let It Be (From "Songs of the 70s")


The Lennon and McCartney channel is just the latest addition to our channel lineup, which includes 16 other stations available around the clock and throughout the year. For anyone listening to radio on a CLP Clavinova or MODUS digital piano, the Lennon and McCartney channel is your new channel 17.

To try out the Lennon and McCartney channel now, first log in to Internet Direct Connection on your instrument and choose "Listen to Radio", or from a Disklavier Mark IV choose "Internet" from the main menu on your controller, then "Disklavier Radio".

On a Disklavier E3, you can listen to radio by pressing the "Internet" button on your remote, then choose "D-Radio". However, if you haven't created an account for Internet Direct Connection, you'll need to do that before subscribing to Piano Radio for your E3 - you can create your account here.

If you've never tried Piano Radio before, now's the perfect time. If you're not ready to subscribe and check out the Lennon and McCartney channel, that's fine.  Two free channels are available right now - all you need to do is get your keyboard online and you can be enjoying streaming music within seconds. Follow this guide for help with connecting to the internet, or head here if you're ready to subscribe. For more information on Yamaha's Piano Radio, visit our Online Services site.

- Doug