Thursday, August 12, 2010

Elton John Radio: Pop's Premier Piano Player on Your Yamaha Keyboard

Over the course of his four-decade-long career Elton John has piled up 200 million record sales, 50 Top 40 hits, 5 Grammys, and a legacy of songs that has made him a musical legend. Elton has made his name as a world class songwriter, an electrifying performer, and also as one of the foremost pianists in pop music. His songs cover everything from emotional ballads ("Candle in the Wind" and "Your Song") to classic rock ("Crocodile Rock" and "Philadelphia Freedom" and with a Yamaha keyboard you can experience Elton John's music in a new and exciting way.

You can now hear Elton John's greatest hits on their own exclusive Piano Radio channel. With the new channel, you can enjoy piano arrangements of your favorite Elton 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:

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (From "I'll Never Fall in Love Again - The Best Breakup Songs")


Tiny Dancer (From "Hits of Elton John")


The Elton John channel is just the latest addition to our channel lineup, which includes 17 other stations available around the clock and throughout the year. For anyone listening to radio on a CLP Clavinova or MODUS digital piano, the Elton John channel is your new channel 18.

To try out the Elton John 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 Elton John 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