Friday, October 14, 2011

Top Premium Styles Of 2011 At Yamaha Online Services!

Yamaha Premium Styles are some of our best selling products at Yamaha Online Services, due to careful programming and uncompromising quality. Each Style takes months to plan, execute, and test, before it becomes available to our customers. We take pride in knowing that we are offering Styles that expand the musical possibilities of Yamaha's top keyboards with the same technical specifications and superior sound quality of the Styles that are factory installed in our instruments. This week we're taking a look back at some of the best selling Premium Styles of 2011, and giving them some much earned attention. It seems fitting that our best selling Premium Styles would have varied genres, tempos, and musical applications, and it's all the more reason to celebrate the diversity of music!

As an added bonus, we're also highlighting our favorite songs for Halloween, including some amazing TV and Movie themes, as well as a few iconic spooky tunes!

Best Selling Yamaha Premium Styles!

50's Twist
With the youthful rebellion of exciting, raucous music and the dance to go along with it, the twist sums up perfectly the feel of early rock and roll. You can easily create the same feel easily with this style, which puts doo wop backing vocals at the forefront of the accompaniment. For a more piano heavy take on the twist, try the 60s Twist style.

Acappella Swing
A capella music appears most often these days in the form of barbershop and vocal jazz. The a capella swing sound has been taken up recently by groups like Take 6 and the Manhattan Transfer, and this style is a perfect accompaniment to use in creating your own a capella tracks. Using only human voices for harmony and finger snaps for percussion, this style recreates the sound of a barbershop quartet with amazing realism and expressiveness. Add your own voice to create new "a capella" songs!

Soft Piano Beat
The softer side of rock is no less versatile. Here we have a light, airy Style that lends itself easily to ballads, but it suits any mid-tempo piano rock tune with a few taps of the tempo button. Though this Style is based on Katie Melua's "The Closest Thing To Crazy", I quickly played through some of my favorite ballads including "Everything I Do(I Do It For You)" and "Unchained Melody", just to have fun trying some familiar songs with a new Style. Soft Piano Beat builds consistently through each variation, with One Touch Settings that match the added layers of complexity with subtle intensity. Featured voices include the world famous Yamaha Grand Piano, soothing flutes, and a warm string section.

Status Rock
It's a burning hot blues rock style with some unexpected bells and whistles! Status Rock was inspired by the 1977 Classic Rock hit "Rockin' All Over The World" by Status Quo(Though written and originally recorded by John Fogerty). The driving blues rock vibe of this Style gives it a real fist-pumping quality, which is complimented by the subtle vocal harmonies that enter the second variation. My favorite variation is the fourth, where the entire Style transforms to give us dramatic synchronized hits that create a high energy moment, while leaving space for little bluesy licks. The One Touch Voice Settings could not be more perfectly paired! You get two scorching lead guitars, a rock organ, and a golden saxophone!

Peace Ballad
A classic piano ballad that is soft and subtle. This style was inspired by and is perfect for the song "Imagine", though versatile in the rock ballad genre. The rhythm features Yamaha's world class piano voice, clean studio drums, and a soft string section, while lead voices include a pop grand piano, vintage guitar, and soprano saxophone!

Sing-a-long Waltz
This is an endlessly versatile English Waltz Style featuring the "EvenBars" organ voice and the world famous Yamaha Piano sound. The rhythm section boasts a truly premium brush sound on the snare and a warm upright bass. With a nod to the "sweet bands" of the late 1940's and 50's, this Style easily lends itself to sing-alongs, dancing and listening for pleasure.

Awesome Halloween Songs!

Michael Jackson

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
J.S. Bach

Monster Mash
Bobby "Boris" Pickett

The Addams Family Theme
Vic Mizzy

Ray Parker Jr.

Edgar Winter Group

Have an excellent weekend!