Thursday, May 19, 2011

Get The Sound Of The 60's With Yamaha Premium Styles!

It's funny how the past informs the present. In art, fashion, media, and music, there seems to be this cycle of looking back every 20 years or so and taking new inspiration from decades gone by. The culture and music of the 1960's is still influencing the music of today, weather it be in the form of Beatle-esque harmony and songwriting, or the use of production techniques that bring to mind the Motown era.

Regardless, it's nice to hear the roots of modern rock and pop music. If we forget history, we are doomed to repeat it, but that doesn't mean we can't remember the good ideas of the past and build upon them.

This week we are featuring some of the best selling Yamaha Premium Style files, which also happen to be perfect for the various sounds of the 1960's. From Novelty Pop of early 1960's Britain, to the Soul Pop of Motown, and even the Surf Rock sounds of California, you're bound to find a perfect Style for something old, or reinvented. Listen to some of our favorites below:

60's 12/8
The 12/8 rhythm featured in this Style has spawned some of the most recorded songs of the 20th century. This version has a mid-60's American sound.

60's 4 Beat Soul
Think Temptations or the Four Tops, and you're really close with this style. Featuring the big Motown production style of the late 60's, this one is essential to any style file collection.

60's Chart Beat
Inspired by the soul pop of the 60's, this style prominently features electric bass guitar and a tight horn section. 4 variations give you the freedom to build your tune with complexity and character.

60's Brit Pop

British rock and pop groups started a musical movement in the mid-1960's that spread throughout the English-speaking world. Here the distinctive rhythm and sound of Manchester in the late 60's is recreated.

60's 8 Beat Fast

The Fast 8 Beat is essential for all your surf rock hits! Load up this style to play like the Ventures, and rock your way into the summer season!

Yamaha Premium Style Files
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