Friday, November 5, 2010

New Premium Styles - Smooth Sounds and Marching Band Beats

A Yamaha keyboard is designed to do a lot of things - help you learn to play, give you great instrument sounds, provide new and exciting ways to make music - but it isn't exactly designed to be used in a marching band. That doesn't mean, though, that they can't sound like a marching band! With the latest Premium Styles you have the chance to transform your keyboard into a full concert of marching band, or tone things down with some smooth jazz sounds.

The two new styles are each available in five different versions designed to suit each specific instrument type, including an optimized version dedicated to the new Tyros4, so you can be sure you're getting the best quality style for your particular keyboard model whether you're using a Clavinova or a workstation keyboard.

Watch and listen to some demonstrations of the new styles from the always wonderful Martin Harris on the Tyros4.

School Band March - Marches are a staple of both concert and marching bands, with the American marches of John Phillips Sousa perhaps being the most widely heard. With a brass and woodwind heavy arrangement suitable to the sound of either a marching band or concert band, this style will work equally well in accompanying a Sousa march or, for example, a college fight song.

US Smooth Ballad - Smooth is definitely the perfect word to describe this style. Whether you use it to play jazz or pop, what you'll get is a laid back sound with sparse, tasteful drumming, bass and guitar over which you're free to play your own solos.

- Doug

Update: Please note that as of 11-5, the price of Premium Styles has changed from $6.95 to $8.95.