Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Best Premium Styles, So Far

We've released two new Premium Styles this week, and there will be more to come this fall and winter, but the over 100 Premium Styles already available at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection can still give you tons of new ways to play. Whether you tend to use your keyboard to play big band jazz, modern day pop, or something in between, there are a number of great Premium Styles you can use to enhance your performances and make your one-man shows more varied, more exciting, and more fun. Let's take a look at the most popular Premium Styles to date (keep reading to watch demonstration videos for each style):

The Blues - This style recreates the famous sound of the 1950's electric blues, which will be familiar to fans of B.B. King or Muddy Waters.

Piano Slow Shuffle - A versatile jazz style with a traditional piano, bass and drums arrangement. With soft, brushed drumming and stand-up bass, the sounds and rhythms in this style give you a real authentic jazz combo feel. You can keep it a trio by adding piano melody lines, or make it a quartet with horns or woodwind voices.

70's Country Pop - The 1970's saw a change in country music's sound from earthy Nashville to a more pop influenced image. Featuring a mix of acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars, this style creates the perfect backing for playing country hits of the 70's.

Easy Country Swing - A warm mix of lush slide guitar and honky tonk piano, backed with a steady but swinging country beat makes for a perfect accompaniment for a variety of country songs.

Pop Mambo - Not strictly Mambo, this style recreates a chart topping US and European take on the genre.

Swedish Pop - In the 1970’s the sound of Swedish pop music rose to international acclaim, producing some of the world’s best selling records and hits that are still a fixture of radio playlists today. Relive the sound and the hits with this mid-tempo style.

Big Band Train - The sound of American big band music is as popular now as it was back in the 1940’s. This upbeat Style has all the band members you would expect – drums, acoustic bass, jazz guitar, piano, saxes and brass – with a complimenting bank of One Touch Settings to help you to play along.

Keep reading for video demonstrations of each of these styles.

The Blues

Piano Slow Shuffle

70's Country Pop

Easy Country Swing

Pop Mambo

Swedish Pop

Big Band Train

Big Band Foxtrot

Pop Reggae

- Doug