Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Best Yamaha Premium Styles For All Kinds Of Pop Music!

What is Pop Music? David Hatch and Stephen Millward define Pop Music as "a body of music which is distinguishable from popular, jazz and folk musics" in their book From Blues to Rock: an Analytical History of Pop Music published in 1987. "Pop" is short for "popular" but that definition seems too ambiguous to describe what we call "Pop Music" today.

According to Wikipedia, Musicologists consider the following as typical traits of the Pop music genre:
  • An aim of appealing to a general audience, rather than to a particular sub-culture or ideology
  • An emphasis on craftsmanship rather than formal "artistic" qualities
  • An emphasis on recording, production, and technology, over live performance
  • A tendency to reflect existing trends rather than progressive developments
  • Much pop music is intended to encourage dancing, or it uses dance-oriented beats or rhythms
Regardless of definition, pop music seems to grow and change with every generation. It's the music that's important to us when we're young and the music that means the most to us as we get older. So in the spirit of Pop Music's diversity, we've assembled a list of Yamaha Premium Styles that should hold something for every pop music fan. From synth-soaked 80's rock songs, to country and even soul; there's a perfect Yamaha Premium Style for the music that matters at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

Mid 80's Chart Pop
A perfect style for the A-ha classic "Take On Me". This style features a few different synth voices, ranging from lush pads to wire leads!

Sunshine Pop
It's all about the upbeat sunny pop made famous in songs like "Walking On Sunshine". This style has a warm electric guitar, sax, and trumpet voices! Super bright!

90's Pop Ballad
A groovy piano pop style with a big string section, sax and classical guitar voice. Pop ballads are the best!

Old Country Pop
This style is extremely versatile! Use it to play old Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, or Buck Owens songs! One Touch Settings include pedal steel and slide guitar, so you can pick like Carl Perkins!

60's Pop Beat
The 60's Pop Beat style has Roy Orbison written all over it. Classic piano, organ, and guitar voices lend themselves nicely to pop gems like "Pretty Woman".

60's 4 Beat Soul
Want to play "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch"? Then you need the 60's 4 Beat Soul style. It's perfect for any soul tune that has all 4 beats on the snare! A big string section, sax, and harmonica give you the voices to get down!

UK Pop
UK Pop in the same vein as Jamiroquai, comes complete with pop piano and some groovy synth sounds!

80's Chart Hit
Expertly crafted to give you the tools to play Dexy's Midnight Runner's classic "Come On Eileen". All the variations are extremely accurate in this tribute style, and the violin and accordian voices are perfect!

60's 12/8
A big production style file, paying tribute to 1960's pop swing in a 12/8 time signature! Lush strings, brass, and piano voices are pre-programmed in the One Touch Settings.

60's Chart Beat
Rock solid back beat with a little bit of soul for all your upbeat 60's pop needs! The organ and trumpet voices really stand out in this style!