Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ring In the New Year With the Best Music of 2010!

Start 2011 with a bang! The new year is a perfect time to get started with making music in a new way, whether that means picking up a new instrument, starting a new practice regimen, or branching out into new ways to learn and perform music. To give you some ideas for making 2011 your most musical year yet, we've assembled a hand-picked selection of the best songs, styles, and PianoSoft from 2010. These songs and styles will take your performances to new places in the new year, and give you exciting tools to play with and explore. Plus, while you're giving your hands a rest, 2010's best PianoSoft your give your ears enough great jazz, country, pop and classical music to keep them occupied well into 2011.

If you've never tried PianoSoft, MIDI or styles on your keyboard before, the new year is a great time to start. We'll even help you get going with the Best of 2010 Song Pack - save 20% on five of the best songs of the year and get playing now! Take a look at the year's 10 best below, then keep reading to find 2010's best styles and PianoSoft albums:

MIDI Songs

Waka Waka (Time For Africa) - Shakira

The official song for this year's World Cup comes from the Colombian singer Shakira and the South African band Freshlyground. The song is sung in both English and Spanish, and is based on a traditional African soldiers' song named "Zangalewa". It features rousing, inspirational vocals alongside a variety of lively African rhythms.

Hey, Soul Sister - Train

Train goes back to the basics with this timeless example of great soft pop music. With this MIDI version of the song, the catchy melody that stuck in our heads all year long will live on in your keyboard performances for years to come.

Satellite - Lena

This year's Eurovision winner, "Satellite" blends soul, pop and hip hop to create one of 2010's signature sounds.

California Gurls - Katy Perry

"California Gurls" was without a doubt the song of the summer in 2010. The dance-pop sounds in this track are so hot that it's sure to add a warm California vibe to any performance, even in the cold winter months.

Need You Now - Lady Antebellum

With a beautiful, delicate country arrangement and a melody full of longing, this has all the makings of a song that will live on through the years. One of the biggest country hits of 2010, "Need You Now" was also nominated for this year's "Song of the Year" Grammy award.

Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble

The piano line is tons of fun to learn and play, and the vocals are croon-along gold - add it to your repertoire today, and "Haven't Met You Yet" will add tons of fun to your performances in 2011 and beyond!

Alejandro - Lady Gaga

From "Bad Romance" to "Telephone" to "Alejandro", Lady Gaga continued to produce great pop songs in 2010. "Alejandro" has the beat and synthesizer based instrumentation that will sound right at home in a European disco, but also has a strong vocal chorus that fans of ABBA should find familiar, and fans of modern pop music should find very refreshing.

Pirates Of The Caribbean Medley - Hans Zimmer (Arranged & Performed By Peter Baartmans)

Yamaha's premier keyboard expert, Peter Baartmans, is as skilled with the finer, more technical aspects of Yamaha's keyboards as he is with creating amazing performances. With these skills combined, he's produced one of 2010's best selling MIDI files, a medley of music from the "Pirates of the Carribean" films.

Fireflies - Owl City

"Fireflies" was the hit that kept on hitting in 2010, bringing its catchy electronic sounds to Europe and continuing to light up the charts in the US.

I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

A true classic that sounds as fresh today as it did when it was released, "I Gotta Feeling" put smiles on millions of faces in 2010.

You can keep reading to find this year's best new styles and PianoSoft albums, but we'd also like to take this opportunity to wish our readers all the best in 2011. As the calendar turns over again we hope you've had a musical 2010, and want to do everything we can to make sure that 2011 is even better. The next year will bring many new opportunities and tools for making music with your keyboard, but if you have suggestions for specific things you would like to see, or things you want us to help you do with your keyboard, let us know! You can always leave a comment here on the blog, on our Facebook page, or contact us through Twitter to let us know about any ideas you have. Happy new year!

Styles

The Blues


Celebration Dance


Pop Mambo


Piano Rumba


Lambada


Modern Talking Disco


Easy Country Swing


US Smooth Ballad


French Swing



50's Quickstep



PianoSoft

"Home" - Best New Ballads

The popular ballads included on this new collection, like Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You", and Michael Bublé's "Home" all pull at your heart strings in familiar ways. The new piano solo arrangements created by pianist Tom Zink for this album bring out the soaring melodies that make these songs true ballads.

"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" - Super Seventies

"Super Seventies" does a great job of merging both the loud and in your face rock and roll that emerged in the 1970s with the mellower songs that were equally popular at the time. With Plimmer's deft touch and the new arrangements on this album, the singer/songwriter classic "American Pie" and the wistful ballad "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" sit comfortably next to hard rockers like "Smoke on the Water" and "Dream On".

Cool Cunliffe - Great Jazz Solos

Bill Cunliffe has made a name for himself in the jazz world as a Grammy winning arranger, a renowned composer, and a respected educator, but on this PianoSoft album, you can see where he really shines - as a performer. From on breathtaking virtuosic runs on Bud Powell's "Clepoatra's Dream" to delicate takes on softer standards like "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Say It (Over and Over Again)", Cunliffe displays his mastery of the piano.


"Let's Do It" - Songs of Cole Porter


Cole Porter was one of America's great songwriters, penning songs for some of the biggest musicals of the 30s and 40s, as well as creating memorable standards that are still widely sung and enjoyed today. This PianoSoft album features many of Porter's most beloved songs, including the playful "De-Lovely" and "Anything Goes", the romantic "In the Still of the Night" and "Every Time We Say Goodbye", as well as, of course, the title track.

My Valentine - Songs For Lovers

Pianist Tom Zink's arrangements bring a warm, cohesive feel to the album, focusing on what all of the songs have in common: timeless romantic melodies. Of course, there are also some wonderful interpretations throughout the record - Zink takes the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows" into waltz time, and he throws some exciting improvisational flourishes into Etta James's "At Last".

- Doug

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The First Annual Online Services Boxing Day Sale

Christmas is over, and the New Year is on the way, but in many countries around the world, there's another holiday going on right now, and that means another chance to save.


In honor of Boxing day, everything at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection is 20% off for today only, so act fast!


If you're in Europe, Canada, or Australia then you certainly don't need us to explain Boxing Day to you, but you don't have to be living in a country that celebrates the holiday to take advantage of this sale!

No matter where you are, you'll save on everything from new expansion songs, to fresh styles, to exciting new PianoSoft albums and informative Digital Lesson Books - and if you're not connected, now is the perfect time to connect to Internet Direct Connection and start enjoying Piano Radio, online lessons and more right on your instrument. Disklavier users can watch our new connection video for a full step by step guide to getting connected.

* All products discounted 20%, except for subscriptions and select Premium Packs and Voices.  Sale ends 12am December 27th, EST.  Cannot be combined with other promotions.

- Doug

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Three More Days To Save On All Downloads

Three days until Christmas, and three more days to save on all downloads at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.*

During the Download Sale, you'll save 20% on everything from new expansion songs, to fresh styles, to exciting new PianoSoft albums and informative Digital Lesson Books. That includes all of our latest releases, like Christmas songs from the Pogues and Cliff Richard, international Christmas carols, Premium Styles, holiday PianoSoft, and more.

The sale is also on at Internet Direct Connection, which means that users of compatible instruments can download music directly onto their keyboards and still save 20%! If you're not connected to Internet Direct Connection yet, now is the perfect time to connect and start enjoying Piano Radio, online lessons and more right on your instrument. Disklavier users can watch our new connection video for a full step by step guide to getting connected now.


* Sale offers 20% off all downloadable MIDI files, styles, registrations, PianoSoft albums and songs, Digital Sheet Music, and Music Finder+ Performance Guides on Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection. Select Premium Packs and Voices also on sale. Sale does not apply to shippable items or subscriptions. Note that Digital Lesson Books are on sale, but are hosted online and cannot be downloaded. Sale ends 12am EST, Saturday December 25th.

Also note that this sale is running only at the World Edition of Yamaha MusicSoft, and not on the European Edition.


- Doug

Happy Holidays From Yamaha's Online Services!

So far this holiday season, we've talked about how the holidays are a time for saving money, learning new songs, and finding new ways to enjoy the special music of the season. But perhaps most importantly, the holidays are a time to give thanks and reflect on the past year.

As such, we'd like to take the opportunity to thank you, our readers and customers, for sharing 2010 with us and doing your part to spread the joy of music throughout the world.

Soon it'll be time to start a new year full of new musical endeavors, but in the meantime, enjoy our annual office photo - this year taken in the photogenic confines of the Yamaha Artist Services Band and Orchestra showroom.



On behalf of Yamaha, here's wishing you a wonderful, musical holiday. Season's greetings!

- Doug, Aaron, Drew, Patrick, and everyone at Yamaha Music Interactive

Monday, December 20, 2010

Treat Yourself To New Pop Hits, International Christmas Carols, and Styles

It's the season of giving, and our gift to you is a bunch of great new songs and styles you can load up on your keyboard now at a 20% discount!*  Between new hits from Bruno Mars and Lady Antebellum, favorites from Michael Jackson and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, international Christmas carols, as well as great new styles, there's enough fresh music for your keyboard available this week to last you into 2011 and beyond.

New Hit Songs

Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Not to be confused with the Billy Joel hit, this tune could only have been produced in 2010. Alternating between a hip hop beat on the verses and a straight dance beat on the soaring choruses, it's a big chunk of pop gold that's topping the charts all around the world.


Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
With a beautiful, delicate country arrangement and a melody full of longing, this has all the makings of a song that will live on through the years. One of the biggest country hits of 2010, "Need You Now" was also nominated for this year's "Song of the Year" Grammy award.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
This medley of two legendary ballads was arranged for voice and ukulele by the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole in 1993, and over the years it's become one of the most famous renditions of these songs. It has been heard in a number of films and television shows ("You've Got Mail", "ER", "American Idol"), and most recently hit the German pop charts in October.


Black or White - Michael Jackson
This groundbreaking single was Michael Jackson's biggest hit of the 90s. Though it's not technically a holiday song, its message of reconciliation and harmony is certainly in tune with the season. Plus, Macauly Culkin - star of the classic holiday movie Home Alone - features prominently in the music video!


Stay the Night - James Blunt
A brand new slice of sunny good time pop from the "You're Beautiful" singer that's sure to bring some bright, upbeat vibes to your keyboard this winter.


Wonderful Life - Hurts
Euro-pop at its finest, "Wonderful Life" features brooding synthesizers and captivating arrangement that makes the reinvents 80s sounds, making them sound totally fresh.


Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
One of the 80s most recognizable songs, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" soundtracks the famous final scene of The Breakfast Club. Together, this movie and song defined a specific moment in time that still resonates today.



New Styles

Schlittenparty
A unique combination of Caribbean rhythms and holiday cheer, this fun Caribbean style features a variety of percussion, including cowbell and wood blocks, along with sleigh bells and sparkly synthesizers.


Uni Beat
A funky, hip hop inspired pop beat alongside piano, strings and acoustic guitar.



New International Christmas Songs

Nur wer nach träumen kann - Helene Fischer
German Christmas Pop


Santa's Party - Nick and Simon
Dutch Christmas Pop



Keep reading for more international Christmas songs, including French, Scandinavian and Dutch carols and Christmas pop songs.

* 20% discount on downloadable songs and styles runs until 12am EST December 26th.
Jeg Er Saa Glad Hver Lukeveld - Oslo Gospel Choir
Traditional Norwegian Christmas Carol

När Vi Närmer Oss July - Amy Diamond
Swedish Christmas Pop

Vi Oensker Jer En Glaedelig Jul - Tommy Seebah and Anette Heick
Danish Christmas Pop

Samen in een Arreslee - Rene Schuurmans
Dutch Christmas Pop

Gdy sie Chrystus rodzi
Traditional Polish Christmas Carol, with Modern Arrangement

Uz zahy prijde vzac (Der Heiland)
Traditional Czech Christmas Carol, with Modern Arrangement

Joyeux Noel - La Compagnie Creole
Traditional French Christmas Carol, with Swing Arrangement

The Christmas Song - Joy Finland Orchestra
Traditional Christmas Carol, with French Lyrics and Swing Arrangement

Hijo de la Luna - Loona
Spanish Christmas Pop

Der Heiland ist Geboren
Traditional Austrian Christmas Carol


- Doug

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tutti i download in offerta fino a Natale!

Manca una settimana a Natale, ma ci sono ancora tante cose da fare: devi ancora spedire i biglietti di auguri e hai solo una settimana per imparare tutti i canti di Natale che vuoi suonare quest'anno!  Gli Online Services di Yamaha non possono aiutarti a preparare la cena di Natale e a decorare il giardino, ma questa settimana spenderai meno per acquistare nuova musica per la tua tastiera.

Da oggi fino a Natale, puoi risparmiare su tutti i download su Yamaha MusicSoft o risparmiare tempo e soldi scaricando direttamente sul tuo strumento con Internet Direct Connection.*

Gli sconti sono validi su tutti gli articoli, dai nuovi brani di espansione a Styles frizzanti fino a entusiasmanti nuovi album PianoSoft e Digital Lesson Books istruttivi; e se non sei connesso, è il momento ideale per connetterti a Internet Direct Connection e iniziare a usufruire di Piano Radio, lezioni online e molto altro sul tuo strumento. Gli utenti Disklavier possono guardare il nuovo video di connessione che spiega passo dopo passo la procedura per connettersi.


* La promozione consiste nel 20% di sconto su tutti i file MIDI scaricabili, Styles, registrazioni, album e canzoni PianoSoft, spartiti digitali e guide alle prestazioni Music Finder+ su Yamaha MusicSoft e Internet Direct Connection. Anche alcuni Premium Packs e Voices sono in offerta. La promozione non vale per gli articoli destinati alla spedizione o gli abbonamenti. I Digital Lesson Books sono in promozione, ma sono consultabili online e non è possibile scaricarli. La promozione termina alle 0:00 EST (6:00 ora italiana) di sabato 25 dicembre.

Canzoni facili da imparare in tempo per Natale

Il tempo stringe per imparare nuove canzoni di Natale, ma siccome le feste senza musica non sono feste, abbiamo preparato una raccolta di canzoni che si possono strimpellare con un minimo di esercizio. Ogni brano che abbiamo selezionato si può eseguire con massimo quattro accordi, perciò la mano sinistra non sarà molto impegnata e potrai eseguire una melodia con la mano destra o un semplice accompagnamento per cantarci sopra.

Come per la precedente raccolta di canzoni da tre accordi, ognuno di questi brani è elencato insieme a un file MIDI che comprende le informazioni sugli accordi in modo da facilitare l'apprendimento. Suonare sopra un file MIDI, come puoi vedere nei video qui sotto, è un ottimo sistema per imparare a eseguire un brano e offre svariate opzioni: puoi caricare un qualsiasi file MIDI eliminare l'audio di qualche traccia e scatenare la tua creatività musicale. Questi file sono ottimi anche da soli come base per cantare o per suonare un altro strumento.

Infine, se ti stai esercitando con uno di questi file e trovi il brano troppo difficile, puoi trasporlo sulla tastiera in una tonalità più facile da eseguire. Se metti tutto in C, probabilmente non avrai bisogno di impazzire con i tasti neri.

Continua a leggere per scoprire altre canzoni di Natale da imparare in un lampo.

Jingle Bells - There's a good reason "Jingle Bells" is a universally known holiday tune - it's simple, easy to learn and fun to play.


A Holly Jolly Christmas - Written by Johnny Marks, the composer of "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" and other classic holiday tunes of the 50s and 60s, "A Holly Jolly Christmas" is a catchy holiday romp that's simple enough to learn without straining your fingers.


Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Performed by everyone from Bill Evans to Bruce Springsteen, this holiday gem is simple enough for you to mold it into whatever stylistic form you want. Get creative!


We Wish You a Merry Christmas - This old caroling favorite that dates back to the 16th century is the perfect song to start with when building up a repertoire of holiday music.


- Doug

Le più grandi canzoni di Natale degli anni '70 e '80 – Nuovi brani MIDI

Tutte le canzoni di Natale, soprattutto i canti e gli inni religiosi che fanno riferimenti a questioni spirituali senza tempo, hanno una valenza che è rimasta immutata ai giorni nostri. Ma ogni anno vengono composte nuove canzoni di Natale e spesso i brani recenti esprimono meglio il moderno significato del Natale. Le nuove uscite di questa settimana comprendono quattro brani natalizi scritti da grandi musicisti pop e rock degli anni '70 e '80, che usano suoni moderni per celebrare lo spirito delle feste. Tra malinconia affogata nella birra, rock da stadio e toccanti ballate, queste canzoni rispecchiano alcune delle forme che il Natale ha assunto nel 2010.

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
Canzone d'amore, ballata tradizionale irlandese e canto di Natale: "Fairytale of New York" è tutto questo e molto di più. Con un mix unico di struggente afflizione e speranza natalizia, questa canzone è spesso citata come una delle più grandi canzoni di Natale dei tempi moderni. Questa versione del 1988 presenta una rara esibizione dal vivo di Kristy MacColl.


I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard
Un brano di Natale in chiave rock & roll britannico che esprime la gioia delle feste attraverso il sound del glam rock anni '70 e il "Wall of Sound" di Phil Spector. Scritta da Roy Wood, la canzone riprende i sontuosi arrangiamenti e le melodie orecchiabili che caratterizzavano la sua band precedente, la Electric Light Orchestra.


Mistletoe and Wine - Cliff Richard
Questa canzone abbraccia tutti i temi del Natale, dai doni alla neve fino a concetti più ampi come pace e speranza, con lo stile tipico delle ballate anni '80. Singolo di Natale numero 1 nel 1988, fu il secondo hit natalizio di Richard dopo "I Love You" del 1960.


Lonely This Christmas - Mud
Con un andamento 6/8 che ricorda le ballate soul degli anni '60, è fondamentalmente una canzone d'amore, ma le feste danno un sapore speciale alla musica e ai sentimenti, facendo di "Lonely This Christmas" un vero canto natalizio (numero 1 in classifica a Natale 1974).

Sencillas canciones de Navidad para aprender antes de las Fiestas

Se acaba el tiempo para aprender nuevos villancicos este año, pero las Fiestas no serían lo mismo sin música, así que hemos recopilado algunas canciones navideñas fáciles de aprender, para que pueda tocarlas practicando solo un poco. Todas las canciones que hemos escogido se pueden tocar con cuatro acordes o menos, para no darle mucho trabajo a la mano izquierda y poder interpretarlas con una melodía en la derecha, o como acompañamiento para canciones.

Como con nuestras canciones de tres acordes anteriores, cada uno de estos temas viene acompañado de un archivo de música MIDI que incluye los datos de los acordes para ayudarle a aprender y a tocar con el teclado. Una fantástica manera de aprender a tocar una canción es interpretarla mientras se escucha el archivo MIDI, como puede ver en los siguientes videos, pero también puede tocar así: cargue cualquiera de estos archivos MIDI, silencie algunas pistas y estará todo listo para que añada sus propias voces e interprete. Estos archivos funcionan también como un perfecto acompañamiento si necesita una base para cantar o tocar otros instrumentos.

Por último, si toca mientras suena uno de estos archivos y ve que, al principio, la tonalidad de la canción es demasiado difícil de interpretar, puede transportarla fácilmente en el teclado para utilizar otra más sencilla. Pase cualquier canción a do mayor y no tendrá que preocuparse por las teclas negras.

Siga leyendo para ver más villancicos de poca dificultad que puede aprender.

Jingle Bells - There's a good reason "Jingle Bells" is a universally known holiday tune - it's simple, easy to learn and fun to play.


A Holly Jolly Christmas - Written by Johnny Marks, the composer of "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" and other classic holiday tunes of the 50s and 60s, "A Holly Jolly Christmas" is a catchy holiday romp that's simple enough to learn without straining your fingers.


Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Performed by everyone from Bill Evans to Bruce Springsteen, this holiday gem is simple enough for you to mold it into whatever stylistic form you want. Get creative!


We Wish You a Merry Christmas - This old caroling favorite that dates back to the 16th century is the perfect song to start with when building up a repertoire of holiday music.

Las canciones de Navidad más importantes de los setenta y ochenta: nuevas canciones MIDI

Todos los temas de Navidad, especialmente, los himnos y las canciones religiosas que hacen referencia a los clásicos temas espirituales, perduran y siguen igual de vigentes incluso en nuestros tiempos. Pero cada año se escriben más canciones navideñas y los temas compuestos hace poco, a menudo, son capaces de expresar lo que significa la Navidad hoy en día con más claridad que las melodías más antiguas. Los nuevos lanzamientos de esta semana incluyen cuatro canciones navideñas producidas por los principales músicos de rock y pop de los años setenta y ochenta, con sonidos modernos para captar la esencia de las Fiestas. Entre ahogar la melancolía con cerveza, tocar rock en un estadio y emocionarse con una balada, estas canciones reflejan algunas de las formas que puede tomar la Navidad en 2010.

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
Una canción de amor, una balada de folk irlandés y un villancico: "Fairytale of New York" es estas tres cosas y mucho más. Esta canción mezcla de forma única la desesperación de un gran amor y la esperanza que brinda la Navidad, y se nombra a menudo como uno de los mejores temas navideños de nuestros tiempos. Disfrute de la exclusiva colaboración en directo de Kristy MacColl, en esta interpretación del tema de 1988.


I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard
Esta canción aborda de otro modo la Navidad, desde la tradición del rock and roll británico, y expresa la alegría navideña a través del sonido glam rock de los setenta y el “muro de sonido” de Phil Spector. Compuesto por Roy Wood, el tema incluye los grandilocuentes arreglos y la melodía pegadiza que cabría esperar de su anterior grupo, Electric Light Orchestra.


Mistletoe and Wine - Cliff Richard
Esta canción abarca cada uno de los elementos de la Navidad, tanto las imágenes familiares de nieve y regalos como los conceptos más amplios de paz y esperanza; todo ello, con una fantástica balada y un sonido característico de los ochenta. Fue número uno en la Navidad de 1988, y siguió al "I Love You" de los sesenta como el segundo single de Richard en subir a lo más alto de las listas de ventas navideñas.


Lonely This Christmas - Mud
Con el ritmo de 6 por 8 característico de las baladas soul de los años sesenta, esta canción es en realidad de amor, pero las Fiestas dieron un giro a su carácter y a su música, e hicieron de "Lonely This Christmas" todo un tema navideño (y un número uno en las Navidades de 1974).

¡Todas las descargas, rebajadas hasta Navidad!

Queda una semana hasta Navidad pero todavía queda mucho por hacer: mandar tarjetas navideñas y... ¡Solo queda una semana para aprender todos los villancicos que quería tocar este año!  Aunque los Online Services de Yamaha no le ayudarán a preparar la cena de Navidad ni a decorar la casa, le ayudamos con su horario y su presupuesto para que esta semana consiga más música y otras descargas para el teclado.

Desde ahora y hasta el día de Navidad, ahorrará en todas las descargas de Yamaha MusicSoft, o ahorrará tiempo y dinero si realiza la descarga directamente en el instrumento, con Internet Direct Connection*.

Ahorrará en todos los productos, desde las nuevas canciones de ampliación hasta los últimos styles, pasando por interesantes nuevos álbumes de PianoSoft y las educativas lecciones digitales: y, si no está conectado, ahora es el momento perfecto para acceder a Internet Direct Connection y empezar a disfrutar de Piano Radio, las lecciones por Internet y mucho más, directamente en su instrumento. Los usuarios de Disklavier pueden ver nuestro nuevo vídeo de conexión, una guía paso a paso para conectarse.


*Descuento del 20% en todas las descargas de archivos MIDI, styles, registros, álbumes y canciones de PianoSoft, partituras digitales y guías de Music Finder+ en Yamaha MusicSoft e Internet Direct Connection. También están rebajados algunos Premium Packs y Voices. La oferta no se aplica a los artículos con envío ni a las suscripciones. Las lecciones digitales se incluyen en la promoción, pero están alojadas en línea y no se pueden descargar. La oferta finaliza el sábado 25 de diciembre a las 12 a.m. E.S.T.

Les plus grands standards des chants de Noël des années 70 et 80 : nouveaux morceaux au format MIDI

Toutes les chansons de Noël, particulièrement les hymnes et les chansons religieuses qui font référence à des thèmes spirituels sans âge, dégagent un sentiment éternel qui fait qu'ils sont toujours d'actualité même de nos jours. Cependant, les auteurs écrivent de plus de en plus de chants de Noël chaque année et ceux qui ont été composés plus récemment expriment plus clairement la signification actuelle de cet événement que ne le font les plus anciens morceaux. Les nouveaux titres de cette semaine comprennent quatre chants de Noël produits par des musiciens rock et pop phares des années 70 et 80, qui utilisent des sons modernes pour faire vivre l'esprit de Noël. Entre une ballade mélancolique de buveur de bière, un rythme rock endiablé et une ballade émotionnelle, ces chansons reflètent les différentes facettes que peut revêtir Noël en 2010.

Fairytale of New York : The Pogues
« Fairytale of New York » est à la fois une chanson d'amour, une ballade traditionnelle irlandaise, un chant de Noël et bien plus encore. Combinaison unique de désespoir languissant et d'espoir de Noël, cette chanson est souvent clamée comme l'une des plus belles chansons de Noël modernes. Appréciez une des rares apparitions sur scène de Kristy MacColl dans son interprétation de cette chanson en 1988.


I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday : Wizzard
Une autre chanson de Noël dans la tradition du rock and roll britannique, celle-ci exprime la joie de Noël à travers la mélodie du rock glamour des années 70 et la chanson « Wall of Sound » de Phil Spector. Écrit par Roy Wood, la chanson propose des arrangements grandiloquents et un rythme entraînant que vous attendez de son ancienne formation, Electric Light Orchestra.


Mistletoe and Wine : Cliff Richard
Cette chanson touche tous les éléments qui constituent Noël, c'est-à-dire les images familières de présents et de neige, mais également les grandes idées sur l'espoir et la paix. Tout cela dans une superbe ballade et un son distinctif des années 80. Un chant de Noël classé numéro un en 1988, le second titre de Noël de Richard à se hisser au top après « I Love You » dans les années 60.


Lonely This Christmas : Mud
Avec un fort sentiment d'appartenance à la catégorie des ballades soul des années 60, ce morceau est une chanson d'amour, mais nous parle de sentiments et de musique à la période de Noël, ce qui fait de « Lonely This Christmas » une véritable chanson de Noël (classée numéro un parmi les chants de Noël en 1974).

Tous les téléchargements en solde jusqu'à Noël

Plus qu'une semaine avant Noël et il reste encore beaucoup à faire. Vous devez envoyer vos cartes de Noël et vous n'avez plus qu'une semaine pour apprendre tous les chants de Noël que vous souhaitez jouer cette année.  Même si les services Online Services de Yahama ne peuvent pas vous aider à préparer votre repas de Noël ou décorer votre jardin, nous vous facilitons la vie quant à votre programme et votre compte en compte en banque pour vous procurer de nouveaux morceaux et plus encore pour votre keyboard cette semaine.

Dès aujourd'hui et jusqu'à Noël, vous pouvez réaliser des économies sur les tous les téléchargements effectués sur Yamaha MusicSoftou économiser du temps et de l'argent en effectuant un téléchargement directement sur votre instrument grâce à Internet Direct Connection(IDC).*

Vous réaliserez des économies sur tous les produits, des nouveaux morceaux d'accompagnement, aux nouveaux styles en passant par les nouveaux albums PianoSoft captivants et les manuels d'apprentissage interactifs informatifs. Et si vous n'êtes pas connecté, c'est le moment idéal pour vous connecter à Internet Direct Connection (IDC) et commencer à profiter de Piano Radio, des leçons en ligne et bien plus encore directement sur votre instrument. Les utilisateurs de Disklavier peuvent regarder notre nouvelle vidéo sur la connexion pour obtenir un guide complet étape par étape pour se connecter.


* Remise de 20 % sur tous les fichiers MIDI téléchargeables ainsi que sur les styles, les registrations, les albums et morceaux PianoSoft, les guides de performances Digital Sheet Music et Music Finder+ sur Yamaha MusicSoft et Internet Direct Connection (IDC). Sélectionnez les Premium Packs et Premium Voices également en promotion. La promotion ne concerne pas les articles livrables ou les abonnements. Notez que des manuels d'apprentissage interactifs sont en promotion, mais que ceux-ci sont hébergés en ligne et ne peuvent être téléchargés. Les soldes prennent fin le samedi 25 décembre à minuit (HNE).

Des chansons de vacances faciles à apprendre à temps pour Noël

Le temps est compté pour apprendre de nouvelles chansons de Noël cette année, mais comme les vacances ne seraient pas les mêmes sans musique, nous avons compilé quelques chants de Noël faciles à apprendre que vous pouvez jouer avec un minimum de pratique. Tous les morceaux que nous avons choisis sont jouables avec quatre accords ou moins. Vous n'aurez donc pas à trop vous servir de votre main gauche et vous pourrez alors les jouer facilement avec une mélodie de la main droite ou comme accompagnement pour une interprétation.

Comme pour nos morceaux à trois accordsprécédents, chacun de ces morceaux présenté avec un fichier de morceau MIDI qui comprend des données d'accord pour vous aider à apprendre et jouer le morceau sur votre keyboard. Comme vous pouvez le constater dans les vidéos ci-après, jouer en s'accompagnant d'un fichier MIDI est un moyen extraordinaire pour apprendre à jouer un morceau et l'interpréter. (Vous pouvez charger ces fichiers MIDI), mettre en sourdine quelques pistes et vous voilà prêt à ajouter vos propres compositions et à monter sur scène. Ces fichiers peuvent également servir d'accompagnements si vous avez besoin de musique de fond pour chanter ou jouer d'autres instruments.

Finalement, si vous jouez avec l'un de ces fichiers et trouvez que la clé du morceau est trop difficile à jouer au tout début, vous pouvez facilement la transposer sur votre keyboard en une clé plus facile à jouer. Adoptez la clé de Do pour tous les morceaux et vous n'aurez probablement pas à hésiter avec les touches noires.

Jingle Bells - There's a good reason "Jingle Bells" is a universally known holiday tune - it's simple, easy to learn and fun to play.


A Holly Jolly Christmas - Written by Johnny Marks, the composer of "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" and other classic holiday tunes of the 50s and 60s, "A Holly Jolly Christmas" is a catchy holiday romp that's simple enough to learn without straining your fingers.


Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Performed by everyone from Bill Evans to Bruce Springsteen, this holiday gem is simple enough for you to mold it into whatever stylistic form you want. Get creative!


We Wish You a Merry Christmas - This old caroling favorite that dates back to the 16th century is the perfect song to start with when building up a repertoire of holiday music.


- Doug

All Downloads On Sale Until Christmas!

One week until Christmas, but there's still so much to do - you still need to send out your Christmas cards, plus there's only a week left to learn all of the Christmas carols you wanted to play this year!  While Yamaha's Online Services can't help you cook Christmas dinner or decorate your lawn, we are making it easy on your schedule and your bank account to get new music and more for your keyboard this week.

From now until Christmas day, you can save 20% on all downloads at Yamaha MusicSoft, or save time and money by downloading directly to your instrument with Internet Direct Connection.*

You'll save on everything from new expansion songs, to fresh styles, to exciting new PianoSoft albums and informative Digital Lesson Books - and if you're not connected, now is the perfect time to connect to Internet Direct Connection and start enjoying Piano Radio, online lessons and more right on your instrument. Disklavier users can watch our new connection video for a full step by step guide to getting connected.


* Sale offers 20% off all downloadable MIDI files, styles, registrations, Digital Books, PianoSoft albums and songs, Digital Sheet Music, and Music Finder+ Performance Guides on Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection. Select Premium Packs and Voices also on sale. Sale does not apply to shippable items or subscriptions. Sale ends 12am EST, Saturday December 25th.

Also note that this sale is running only at the World Edition of Yamaha MusicSoft, and not on the European Edition.


- Doug

Easy Holiday Songs to Learn In Time For Christmas

Time is running out to learn new Christmas songs this year, but since the holidays wouldn't be the same without music we've put together some easy holiday songs you can pick up with just a minimum of practice. Each of the songs we've picked out can be played with four chords or fewer, so your left hand won't have to do too much work, so you can easily play them with a right hand melody, or as an accompaniment for a sing-along.

As with our previous feature on three chord songs, each of these songs is listed alongside a MIDI song file that includes chord data to help you learn and play along on your keyboard. Playing along with a MIDI file, as you can see in the videos below, is a great way to learn to play a song, but it's also a great way to perform - you can load up any of these MIDI files, mute a few tracks, and you're ready to add your own parts and put on a show. These files also make great accompaniments on their own, if you need a background for singing or playing other instruments.

Finally, if you're playing along with one of these files and find that key of the song is too difficult to play at first, you can easily transpose it on your keyboard into one that's easier to play. Put anything in the key of C, and you probably won't have to mess around with any of the black keys.

Jingle Bells - There's a good reason "Jingle Bells" is a universally known holiday tune - it's simple, easy to learn and fun to play.


A Holly Jolly Christmas - Written by Johnny Marks, the composer of "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" and other classic holiday tunes of the 50s and 60s, "A Holly Jolly Christmas" is a catchy holiday romp that's simple enough to learn without straining your fingers.


Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Performed by everyone from Bill Evans to Bruce Springsteen, this holiday gem is simple enough for you to mold it into whatever stylistic form you want. Get creative!


We Wish You a Merry Christmas - This old caroling favorite that dates back to the 16th century is the perfect song to start with when building up a repertoire of holiday music.


- Doug

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New PianoSoft: Country Hits and Ballads Come to Life With New Piano Arrangements

As any disenchanted musical purist will tell you, it's easy to make a song sound good using the advanced studio technology behind today's radio hits. But, try stripping off the layers of instrumentation and playing the song on a solo piano. If the solo piano version still conveys the same feeling contained in the original, then you know that you're dealing with a great song. You can hear this idea in action on both of the latest PianoSoft releases, as Yamaha's PianoSoft artists adapt today's biggest country songs and ballads for solo piano. In these original performances, the emotion and power of songs as diverse as Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and Train's "Hey Soul Sister" come through loud and clear, which means you can enjoy the songs that you love in a totally new way.

Today's Country Hits

With stars like Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift producing future classics at an unbelievable rate, these are great days for country music. This PianoSoft album brings together some of best country tunes of recent years, in new original arrangements that bring new life to the songs and will sound wonderful played back on your keyboard or piano. While focusing on today's hits, this collection also finds room for some classics like Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and Lonestar's "Amazed". Each song was arranged by pianist Jason Nyberg for solo piano, and his interpretations never cease to convey the warm emotion of these beloved songs.

"Home" - Best New Ballads

While you may be hard pressed to clearly define what make a song a "ballad", you definitely know one when you hear one. The popular ballads included on this new collection, like Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You", and Michael Bublé's "Home" pull at your heart strings in familiar ways. But these are "new" ballads, and songs like Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" certainly aren't the same sort of ballads that were radio staples in the 50s or stadium fillers in the 80s. The new piano solo arrangements created by pianist Tom Zink for this album, however, bring out the soaring melodies that make theses songs true ballads - even the country twang of "I Hope You Dance" and the modern soul phrasing of "Fistful of Tears".

- Doug

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Biggest Christmas Songs of the 70s and 80s - New MIDI Songs

All Christmas songs, especially hymns and religious songs that reference ageless spiritual matters, have a timeless feel to them that keeps them relevant even in modern times. But more and more Christmas songs are written every year, and songs composed more recently often express what Christmas means today more clearly older tunes. This week's new releases include four Christmas songs produced by major rock and pop musicians of the 70s and 80s, which use modern sounds to get to the heart of the holiday. Between beer soaked melancholy, stadium ready rock and emotional balladry, these songs reflect some of the varied guises Christmas takes on in 2010.

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
A love song, an irish folk ballad, a Christmas carol - "Fairytale of New York" is all these things and more. With a unique mix of lovelorn despair and Christmas hope, this song is often proclaimed as one of the greatest modern Christmas songs. Enjoy and a rare live appearance from Kristy MacColl in this performance of the song from 1988.


I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard
Another take on Christmas from the British rock and roll tradition, this song expresses the joy of Christmas through the sound of 70's glam rock and Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound". Written by Roy Wood, the song features the bombastic arrangements and catchy tune you'd expect from his previous band, Electric Light Orchestra.


Mistletoe and Wine - Cliff Richard
This song touches on every element of Christmas, both the familiar images of gifts and snow, and also the larger ideas of hope and peace, all with a great ballad tune and distinctive 80's sound. A Christmas #1 in 1988, it followed 1960's "I Love You" as Richard's second Christmas #1 single.


Lonely This Christmas - Mud
With a 6/8 feel straight out of a soul 60's ballad, this is a love song at heart, but the holidays put a special spin on both feelings and music, making "Lonely This Christmas" a true Christmas song (and a Christmas #1 in 1974).


Thank God It's Christmas - Queen
Released in 1984, this ballad celebrates Christmas has the unmistakable sound of 80s Queen.


- Doug