Thursday, April 28, 2011

New MIDI Songs At Yamaha MusicSoft And Internet Direct Connection!

This week's new MIDI songs are covering all the bases! We have classic rock songs from Wings and Led Zeppelin, and modern pop hits from Christina Aguilera and the Black Eyed Peas, not to mention one of the final recordings from Michael Jackson. These MIDI songs and so many more are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

Don't forget: Yamaha Play Along Songs function with the learning features of your Yamaha keyboard or Clavinova. You can slow down the tempo, mute tracks, and repeat sections to polish your skills and build your confidence! Check out the samples below, or head over to our MIDI catalog!

This Is It
Michael Jackson

Half of My Heart
John Mayer featuring Taylor Swift

Stairway To Heaven
Led Zeppelin

Silly Little Love Songs
Wings

I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
Soggy Bottom Boys

Just The Way You Are
Bruno Mars

Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas

Nasty Naughty Boy
Christina Aguilera

One Day In Your Life
Anastacia

Haba Haba
Stella Mwangi


~Drew

We're A Little Bit Country With Style Files At Yamaha Online Services!

It's hard to listen to Country Music without hearing its rich history in folk and Old Time Music, and impossible to ignore the vast influence on modern Blues, Rock, and Pop. During the Great Depression, many Americans turned to the radio for entertainment, listening to shows like the Grand Ole Opry.


Country Music was performed at "Barn Dance" shows throughout the United States in the 30's and 40's, which eventually spread to Hollywood, where Cowboy Songs sung by the likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Hank Williams Sr were popularized.

But Country Music has evolved so much over the years, branching out to included Boogie, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, and Gospel styles in the 50's and 60's, and later to include Rockabilly, Rock, Soul, and "Outlaw Country".
At Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection, we have Style Files for Country Music, no matter which sub-genre is your favorite. Listen to some of our favorites below, and head on down that dusty trail...

Pushbike Shuffle
A good old fashioned country shuffle style with some great variations. Start sparse, and build it up slowly until the whole crowd is hootin' and hollerin'. Featured voices include a clean 70's guitar, harmonica, and accordian!


Old Country Pop
This style has a real swing with a clasic pentatonic bass line. Great for old country and outlaw tunes, with pedal steel, crisp lead guitar, and classic Yamaha piano voices for melody.


70s Country Pop
The 1970's saw a change in country music's sound from earthy Nashville to a more pop influenced image. Featuring a mix of acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars, this Style creates the perfect backing for playing country hits of the 70's.


Easy Country Swing
Another good style for country swing! A slower tempo style with a big string section, honky tonk guitar, and piano voices! Perfect for late 60's early 70's big production country ballads.


Country Bayou
A real "pickers" Style featuring the classic I, IV, V progression that is perfect for old HanK Williams tunes. The trumpets in this style bring to mind the rebel country genre with a Tex Mex flair. Think Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Kitty Wells, and you're ready to play some 50's Country music! Featured voices include SA2 Harmonica and a Vintage Telecaster style guitar with just the right amount of reverb.


Mary Lou Country
This one features some great honky tonk guitar riffs and a rockin' 2 step beat built right into the backing band! Take the lead with accordian or nylon string guitar voices!


Cowboy Party
Cowboy Party is an offbeat style for this list. Inspired by the 90's dance hit "Cotten Eyed Joe", this style is super upbeat with 4 distinct synth voices.


Country Fox
Featuring a bouncy, upbeat groove, this style has amazing steel and nylon string guitar voices. Another great one for the "picker" at heart!


Country Blues
Here's a straight ahead country rocker, with versatility and punch! A perfect style for late 70's country blues rock, or more modern country pop. Featuring steel guitar, fiddle, and both clean and "dirty" lead guitar voices!


Country Line
This style has a real groove to it! Have a barn dance in your living room, and call out your favorite line dance! This one has a great organ voice, saxophone, and a dirty lead guitar!


Happy Trails!
~Drew

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Ways To Download PianoSoft At Yamaha MusicSoft!


Instant gratification is a wonderful experience. The feeling of getting exactly what you want at the precise moment you decide you want it is something truly incredible. From online streaming of movies and television shows, to fast food, information, and education; the list of items we can have RIGHT NOW gets longer every day!

Yamaha Online Services is adding to that list with the re-release of 5 of our most popular PianoSoft collections in downloadable format. Check out our ever expanding catalog of downloadable PianoSoft collections at Yamaha MusicSoft, including today's re-releases:

"From A Distance"- Contemporary Ballads

Love Songs Of Lennon And McCartney

Hits Of Elton John

"I Just Called To Say I Love You"- Hits Of The 80's

"Come Fly With Me"- Sinatra Hits


There are more ways than ever to download amazing PianoSoft collections instantly at home. Build your library and listen to what you want, WHENEVER YOU WANT!

Download And Transfer PianoSoft Using A USB Device!- If you own an E3 or Mark IV Disklavier you can download, unzip, and transfer your PianoSoft collections to your Disklavier in minutes using a USB thumb drive! Store your collections on your Disklavier's hard drive, or play them directly from the USB device! Create a back up copy on your computer for safe keeping!

Own A Mark IIXG Or Mark III Disklavier? A Serious Upgrade Is Available!- With the new DKC-850 Disklavier control unit, Mark IIXG and Mark III owners can simply swap the existing control unit on their instrument with the sleek, new module, and immediately enjoy many of the exciting new features of the current Disklavier E3 Series! Download and transfer PianoSoft collections using a USB flash drive, and store them permanently in the DKC-850's 128MB internal hard drive! Subscribe to Yamaha's Piano Radio Service and listen to over 20 channels of streaming piano music- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!! Contact your local Yamaha Piano Dealer for details.

Make Your Own Floppy Disks At Home!- Using our free MusicSoft Downloader software and a floppy disk drive, you can experience the instant gratification that comes from downloading PianoSoft from your account at Yamaha MusicSoft! If your computer does not have a floppy disk drive, you can use an external USB floppy drive to make your disks. The Yamaha UD-FD01 and the Iomega BXXU013B are recommended USB floppy disk drives for downloading PianoSoft. 3.5" floppy disks can be ordered from www.floppydisk.com in both 2DD and 2HD format.

When In Doubt, Ask For Help!- Our Customer Support Team is happy to help you with your downloads! If you cannot download and make your own floppy disks, send us an email! We can make your floppy disks and send them to your home, as long as a shippable version is unavailable. Just send us your order ID number, instrument model number, and shipping address!

~Drew

Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrate The Music Of Elvis Presley With Yamaha MIDI Songs!

Elvis Presley is a cultural icon. In less than 25 years, the King Of Rock And Roll released 151 different albums (LPs and EPs) and singles that have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. From the early days of hip shakin' and his time in the US Military, to the extravagence of his Graceland home and soulful tenure in Las Vegas, we have all the big Elvis hits in Yamaha Play Along MIDI format. Check out a short list of some of our favorites, and if you don't find your favorite song, there's plenty more from The King here.



Blue Suede Shoes


Can't Help Falling In Love With You


Heartbreak Hotel


Return To Sender


Suspicious Minds


Teddy Bear

All Shook Up


Don't Be Cruel


Hound Dog


It's Now Or Never


~Drew

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!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Ways To Learn With Focused Lesson Books At Yamaha MusicSoft!

As children, we experiment with the world around us, learning the rules and making meaning of our environment through playtime. Many theorists argue that play is the first form of learning. Some people learn best when the process is goal oriented or aided by motivation, while others prefer to figure things out at their own pace. There is a certain magic in the discovery of new ideas and skills, and learning to play an instrument can be a return to that childlike playtime mentality.

Sure there are rules to learn, but once you know them you can bend or break them. Then you can truly begin to explore music with creativity and expression. Yamaha MusicSoft offers a variety of lesson books to suit almost every type of piano or keyboard student. It is true that there are many ways to learn to play, but as long as you remember that playtime is fun, you'll be well on your way.

Here are some of our favorite lesson books available at Yamaha MusicSoft. Each book takes a different approach to learning. From focused technique building lessons and essential basics, to chord charts and standard fake books, there is something for every student at Yamaha Musicsoft!

The Complete Keyboard Player- Book 1
The Complete Keyboard Player course is easily one of our best selling lesson books, available in both a shippable hard copy book and our popular Digital Lesson Book format. This book starts at the beginning, offering traditional instruction for posture, and quickly moving into key identification, and chord structures. This lesson book gives general instruction that is focused on electronic keyboards, covering such universal topics as playing with auto-accompaniments and synchro-start functionality. Both the Digital version and the book include 15 audio examples for reference. Book 1 ends with a section that covers 7th chords, but don't worry.. there are 2 additional books in this series!

Amazing Phrasing - Keyboard
Amazing Phrasing is for any keyboard player interested in learning how to improvise and how to improve their creative phrasing. This method is divided into three parts: Melody – From scales to arpeggios, from using licks, riffs and runs to playing “outside,” this section focuses on melodic strategies for improvisation; Harmony – Whether comping or soloing, harmony is essential to improvisation, and this section covers it in detail; Rhythm & Style – Swing, laying back, shaping your phrases with accents ... this last section puts the finishing touches on your improvisational technique. You'll learn approaches to working with and around other musicians, and you'll practice comping and soloing over progressions in various styles – from rock to bossa nova to swing to bebop. Audio examples are included with this lesson book, which is also available in Digital Book format.

Piano Essentials
Learn piano basics, as required of every piano major at Berklee College of Music. This book contains exercises that will help you improve your sight-reading skills, and memorize new material in less time and with more confidence. Scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadences will improve your tone, dynamic range, and sense of rhythm. You will become more comfortable with fingerings, develop speed and agility on the keyboard, and will build a foundation for further study.

The Simplified Fake Book
Fake Books make it easy to start playing right away! This book is part of the popular Fake Book series which includes "Your First Fake Book" and "The Easy Fake Book". This collection includes 100 favorite songs all in the key of C, complete with lyrics and simplified chords that remain true to each tune. It also features convenient stay-open binding, introductions to make the arrangements sound more polished, and large, easy-to-read music notation that beginners will love! The songs come from all musical genres including standards, rock, Broadway and film, love songs and more!

Playing Keyboard Bass Lines
This step-by-step approach to learning how to play left-hand bass lines at the keyboard includes examples and exercises covering the chord progressions and styles players will encounter. Keyboardists at all levels will benefit from this book's focus on: walking bass lines, playing in a “two-feel,” waltz time, Latin styles, putting both hands together, and more. The exercises for each chapter are recorded on the accompanying CD.


If a more complete course is what you're looking for, have a look at the Learn & Master Piano Course that we reviewed a few weeks ago.

~Drew

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Twist, Shout, Dance, And Play With Yamaha MIDI Songs From The 1960's!

There is something so irresistably toe-tapping about American pop music from the 1960's. The record industry was booming, featuring in-house bands and songwriting teams churning out hit after hit for American pop radio! The careers of huge artists like Diana Ross, the Temptations, The Beatles, and the Isley Brothers were taking off thanks to songwriters like Smokey Robinson, Holland-Dozier-Holland, and Issac Hayes.

Looking back, it seems like musical possibility and exploration was so very new, and some very talented people paved the way for modern pop music.

This week, we are looking at a handful of songs that really make you want to move and shake! So have a look at the Yamaha MusicSoft shortlist of the best dance party songs from one of the most influencial decades of American Pop Music, all of which are available in the Yamaha Play Along MIDI format. Yamaha Play Along Songs function with the lesson and performance tools built into Yamaha MIDI keyboards to make it easy and fun to learn new songs and perform professionally!

Where Did Our Love Go?
The Supremes



Ain't Too Proud To Beg
The Temptations



The Twist
Chubby Checker



Build Me Up Buttercup
The Foundations



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The French Composer Channel Expands On Yamaha's Piano Radio!

The French Composer channel on Yamaha's Piano radio has been so popular, we decided to make it even better by adding over 90 minutes of new music! You'll find 22 NEW Additions from French Composers such as Cecile Chaminade, Leo Delibes, and George Bizet, and of course Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Francis Poulenc!


If you're new to Yamaha's Piano Radio, you can find comprehensive connection instructions here, and see the full list of channels here.Yamaha's Piano Radio is available 24/7 so you can listen anytime! Try it for a month, or save big with an annual subscription! Here's a few samples of what's new on the French Composer Channel!

Novelette in C Major
Composed by Francis Poulenc, and performed by Sara Davis Buechner on the PianoSoft Solo Collection "French Miniatures"


Je te veux
Composed by Erik Satie and available on the PianoSoft Plus Collection "Classic Treasures"


Sonatine- Anime'
Composed by Maurice Ravel and performed by Molly Kiser on the PianoSoft Solo Collection "Molly Kiser Plays Ravel"


Enjoy!

~Drew

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Over 200 New Music Finder+ Records Available Through Internet Direct Connection!

Music Finder+ Records set up your keyboard with the appropriate voices, rhythm, and tempo to play popular songs. The best part about Music Finder+ is that it's completely free! Once your keyboard has been connected to the Internet Direct Connection website, you can download each and every Music Finder+ Record, or just the songs you want to play!

It's never been easier to connect your instrument to the Internet Direct Connection website. We released our comprehensive connection guide a few months back, which guides you through the connection process step by step. If you are new to Internet Direct Connection or the Music Finder+ service, you can start off with the Music Finder Standard Library, which will immediately upgrade the existing Music Finder records in your keyboard with a thousand more! Then you can head to the Internet Direct Connection website through your Yamaha keyboard to download the new records individually. It's as easy as that!

Jason Nyberg gives a great introduction to the Music Finder+ service in the video below.



Click here for complete list of the new Music Finder+ Records.

  • 4 Minutes
  • A Day in the Life
  • Airplanes
  • Alejandro
  • All the Right Moves
  • Always
  • Bennie and the Jets
  • Borderline
  • Breakeven [Falling to Pieces]
  • Bring Me to Life
  • Dancing on My Own
  • Danger Zone
  • Despicable Me
  • Drops of Jupiter [Tell Me]
  • Express Yourself
  • Fairytale of New York
  • Fool in the Rain
  • Freeze-Frame
  • Friday I'm in Love
  • Haven't Met You Yet
  • I'd Do Anything for Love [But I Won't Do That]
  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
  • Into the Groove
  • It's All Over Now
  • I've Got the Music in Me
  • King of Anything
  • Loving You Is Easy
  • Lucky Man
  • Magic Man
  • Mama Told Me Not to Come
  • Mine
  • Misery
  • Naturally
  • Proud Mary
  • Radar Love
  • Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
  • Secrets
  • Simply Irresistible
  • Slice
  • Smile
  • Soul Bossa Nova
  • Take the Long Way Home
  • Telephone
  • Thank You
  • The Only Exception
  • This Magic Moment
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Train in Vain [Stand by Me]
  • Trouble
  • Whip It
  • Young Americans
  • A Fool Such as I
  • A Part of Me
  • All Alone
  • And the Angels Sing
  • Avenue
  • Bluebird
  • Dreamy Melody
  • Everything's in Rhythm With My Heart
  • Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings
  • Goody Goody
  • Hawaiian War Chant
  • History of Love
  • House of Dreams
  • How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
  • I Believe I'm Gonna Love You
  • I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  • I Love You for Sentimental Reasons
  • I Talk to the Trees
  • If I Only Had Time
  • I'll Always Be in Love With You
  • I'll See You Again
  • In Party Mood [from "Housewives Choice"]
  • In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  • It Might as Well Rain Until September
  • It's the Natural Thing to Do
  • Je N'Aurai Pas Le Temps
  • Just in Time
  • Lara's Theme
  • Lorraine's Waltz
  • Mairi's Wedding
  • Make Me an Island
  • Music From Across the Way
  • Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  • Non Dimenticar
  • Paradiesvogel
  • Put Your Dreams Away [for Another Day]
  • Rose Marie
  • Second Time Around
  • Somewhere My Love
  • Still Game [Theme]
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • The Breeze and I
  • The Great Little Army
  • The Sheik of Araby
  • The Touch of Your Lips
  • This Can't Be Love
  • This Is the Moment
  • Time After Time
  • Time on My Hands
  • What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  • When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
  • When You and I Were Seventeen
  • Wonderful One
  • You and Me Against the World
  • Allez-Vous-En [from "Can-Can"]
  • Freddy My Love [from "Grease"]
  • Those Magic Changes [from "Grease"]
  • Anything You Can Do [from "Annie Get Your Gun"]
  • Doin' What Comes Natu'lly [from "Annie Get Your Gun"]
  • I Got the Sun in the Morning [from "Annie Get Your Gun"]
  • My Heart Stood Still [from "A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King
  • Arthur"]
  • Thou Swell [from "A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur"]
  • Be Our Guest [from "Beauty and the Beast"]
  • A Change in Me [from "Beauty and the Beast"]
  • I Am in Love [from "Can-Can"]
  • If I Loved You [from "Carousel"]
  • Hushabye Mountain [from "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang"]
  • Oh What a Circus [from "Evita"]
  • Funny Face [from "Funny Face"]
  • He Loves and She Loves [from "Funny Face"]
  • How Long Has This Been Going On [from "Funny Face"]
  • My One and Only [from "Funny Face"]
  • Don't Rain on My Parade [from "Funny Girl"]
  • Shadow Waltz [from "42nd Street"]
  • We're in the Money [from "42nd Street"]
  • 42nd Street [from "42nd Street"]
  • It's the Hard-Knock Life [from "Annie"]
  • We'd Like to Thank You [from "Annie"]
  • You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile [from "Annie"]
  • Friendship [from "Anything Goes"]
  • All Through the Night [from "Anything Goes"]
  • A Fella With an Umbrella [from "Easter Parade"]
  • Waitin' for My Dearie [from "Brigadoon"]
  • I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean [from "Brigadoon"]
  • The Heather on the Hill [from "Brigadoon"]
  • Come to Me, Bend to Me [from "Brigadoon"]
  • Roxie [from "Chicago"]
  • I Can't Do It Alone [from "Chicago"]
  • Razzle Dazzle [from "Chicago"]
  • Soon It's Gonna Rain [from "The Fantasticks"]
  • I Can Do That [from "A Chorus Line"]
  • Comedy Tonight [from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"]
  • I'll Know [from "Pal Joey"]
  • I've Never Been in Love Before [from "Guys & Dolls"]
  • Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat [from "Guys & Dolls"]
  • Let Me Entertain You [from "Gypsy"]
  • Some People [from "Gypsy"]
  • You'll Never Get Away From Me [from "Gypsy"]
  • Hair [from "Hair"]
  • Good Morning Starshine [from "Hair"]
  • Put on Your Sunday Clothes [from "Hello Dolly"]
  • Before the Parade Passes By [from "Hello Dolly"]
  • I Whistle a Happy Tune [from "The King & I"]
  • March of the Siamese Children [from "The King & I"]
  • Shall We Dance? [from "The King & I"]
  • I Am What I Am [from "La Cage aux Folles"]
  • I Just Can't Wait to Be King [from "The Lion King"]
  • Hakuna Matata [from "The Lion King"]
  • The Impossible Dream [from "The Man of La Mancha"]
  • Me and My Girl [from "Me and My Girl"]
  • The Sun Has Got His Hat On [from "Me and My Girl"]
  • Leaning on a Lampost [from "Me and My Girl"]
  • Wouldn't It Be Loverly [from "My Fair Lady"]
  • With a Little Bit of Luck [from "My Fair Lady"]
  • Show Me [from "My Fair Lady"]
  • Get Me to the Church on Time [from "My Fair Lady"]
  • I Cain't Say No [from "Oklahoma!"]
  • Many a New Day [from "Oklahoma!"]
  • Out of My Dreams [from "Oklahoma!"]
  • The Farmer and the Cowman [from "Oklahoma!"]
  • Food, Glorious Food [from "Oliver!"]
  • Oliver! [from "Oliver!"]
  • Where Is Love? [from "Oliver!"]
  • You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two [from "Oliver!"]
  • I'd Do Anything [from "Oliver!"]
  • Reviewing the Situation [from "Oliver!"]
  • Think of Me [from "Phantom of the Opera"]
  • The Music of the Night [from "Phantom of the Opera"]
  • Bless Your Beautiful Hide [from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"]
  • Wonderful, Wonderful Day [from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"]
  • Sobbin' Women [from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"]
  • Bill [from "Showboat"]
  • The Unexpected Song [from "Song & Dance"]
  • Sixteen Going on Seveteen [from "The Sound of Music"]
  • The Lonely Goatherd [from "The Sound of Music"]
  • I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair [from "South Pacific"]
  • Happy Talk [from "South Pacific"]
  • Something's Coming [from "West Side Story"]
  • America [from "West Side Story"]
  • I Feel Pretty [from "West Side Story"]
  • Believe in Yourself [From "The Wiz"]
  • Just the Way You Are
  • The Time
  • Perfect
  • When We Collide
  • OMG
  • California Gurls
  • Empire State of Mind
  • Rude Boy
  • Firework
  • Pack Up
  • Written in the Stars
  • If We Ever Meet Again
  • Promise This
  • Only Girl
  • Dynamite
  • How Long
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite
  • It Only Happens When I Dance With You


~Drew

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Premium Styles: Reggae Jam and Hip Boogaloo!

This week's new Premium Style files are perfect for the season. The weather is warming up and dreams of summer barbecues, bike rides, and beach parties are getting closer to reality every day. Every season has a soundtrack, and it's hard to think of spring and summer without Reggae grooves, and Latin rhythms that are so synonymous with the sun and sand of tropical beach destinations.

If you can't get away to paradise just yet, you can start getting ready for your next outdoor summer performance with the new Hip Boogaloo and Reggae Jam Premium Styles from Yamaha!

You really can't talk about Reggae music without talking about Bob Marley. The Wailers,
(a band featuring Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer) successfully made the transition through Ska and Rocksteady music before becomming one of the most quintessential Reggae groups of all time. The Reggae Jam Premium Style is inspired by one of Bob Marley and the Wailers biggest hits: "Jamming", though it is extremely versatile in the Reggae genre. This Style features electric piano, warm organ, and vintage guitar sounds so you can jam along!



Boogaloo is a Latin music genre that was popular in the US in the 1960's. This style of music was born in New York City when R&B and Soul music was mixed with Mambo and Son Montuno grooves. The biggest Boogaloo hit from the 60's was "Bang Bang" by the Joe Cuba Sextet. The Hip Boogaloo Premium Style captures the rhythm and pairs it with bright piano, jazz organ, and saxophone voices!



The New Yamaha Premium Styles are available exclusively through Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

~ Drew

New MIDI Songs From Rob Thomas, Lady Gaga, and More!

We add new songs to the Yamaha MIDI catalog every week, so there's always something new and exciting just around the corner. This week we have a handful of international pop hits that are sure to inspire. From Steve Miller Band's classic "Abracadabra" to the charming new pop of Belgian singer songwriter Milow, there's so much to learn and more to hear at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection. Yamaha MIDI files work with the innovative learning features of Yamaha MIDI keyboard instruments, making it easy and fun to learn new songs!

Born This Way
Lady Gaga



Abracadabra
Steve Miller Band



Little Wonders
Rob Thomas



You And Me (In My Pocket)
Milow



Ella elle l'a
France Gall



Also new this week...

Deine Liebe 2010
Matthias Reim
Auf den Dächern von Berlin
Ute Freudenberg, Christian Lais
Hvert Minut
Soeren Poppe
Ik ben niet meer van jou
Danny Christian

~Drew

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NOUVEAU! Premium Pack- Entertainer!

Nous sommes ravis d'annoncer la sortie du nouveau Entertainer Premium Voice Pack ! Ce pack contient 30 nouvelles voices, notamment 4 voices Super Articulation2 pour l'arrangeur/la station de travail du Tyros4. Comme tous les Premium Packs et Voices, le nouveau Entertainer Pack a été créé par Yamaha selon les mêmes normes de qualité exigeantes que les voices d'origine du Tyros4.

L'Entertainer Pack et tous les autres Premium Packs et Voices sont disponibles exclusivement sur Yamaha MusicSoft.Ce pack est un incontournable pour tout artiste qui joue de la musique de carnaval, Schlager, ou pour l'Oktoberfest..Le pack Entertainer est la solution parfaite pour tous les artistes professionnels, duos ou groupes, et fournit toute une gamme de sonorités semblables aux genres musicaux typiques d'Allemagne et des pays alpins avoisinants.



Des chants tyroliens des Alpes à la musique festive du Karnival, d'Oktoberfest et de l'après-ski, l'Entertainer Pack offre l'ensemble d'outils idéal pour améliorer le professionnalisme et l'authenticité des interprétations.



L'Entertainer Pack comprend plusieurs sonorités claires et percutantes, allant de voices Jodel innovantes à toute une gamme d'effets sonores stellaires, parfaits pour une interprétation live. Ce pack inclut également des échantillons Wire and Bell provenant du légendaire synthétiseur Yamaha SY99.



L’installation des Premium Packs et Voices sur le Tyros4 s’effectue en appuyant tout simplement sur une touche. Pour utiliser les nouvelles voices, il vous faudra toutefois installer un module d’extension de mémoire flash sur le Tyros4. Vous pouvez vous procurer les cartes d’extension de mémoire Yamaha FL102M et FL512M chez tous les revendeurs Yamaha près de chez vous ou sur le Web. Pour de plus amples informations concernant l’installation, consultez nos instructions sur Yamaha MusicSoft ici.

¡NUEVO! Premium Pack- Entertainer!

Nos complace anunciarle el lanzamiento del nuevo Entertainer Premium Voice Pack. Este pack incorpora 30 nuevas voces, entre las que se incluyen 4 voces Super Articulation 2 para la estación de trabajo o arreglista de Tyros4. Como sucede con todos los Premium Packs y Voices, Yamaha ha creado el nuevo Entertainer Pack respetando los mismos estándares de las voces que encontrará en Tyros4 de forma predeterminada.

El Entertainer Pack y el resto de los Premium Packs y Voices están disponibles exclusivamente en Yamaha MusicSoft.Este pack resulta imprescindible para cualquiera que desee deleitar a su audiencia con música Schlager o música típica de los carnavales o el Octoberfest.. El Entertainer Pack, con una amplia variedad de sonidos típicos de los géneros musicales de Alemania y los países vecinos de la región de los Alpes, es la solución perfecta para todos los intérpretes (dúos o bandas).



Desde los cantos tiroleses de los Alpes hasta la música festivalera de los carnavales, el Oktoberfest y el Apri-Ski, el Entertainer Pack le ofrece un extraordinario conjunto de herramientas que incrementará la profesionalidad y autenticidad de las interpretaciones.



El Entertainer Pack incluye un abanico de brillantes sonidos principales de percusión que van desde las innovadoras voces tirolesas hasta una variedad de sonidos estelares FX ideales para las interpretaciones en directo. El pack también incorpora muestras de sonidos básicos de Wire and Bell obtenidas del legendario sintetizador SY99 de Yamaha.



Los nuevos Premium Packs y Voices se pueden instalar en el Tyros4 con un solo botón. Sin embargo, para utilizar las nuevas voces, deberá instalar una memoria flash de expansión en Tyros4. Las expansiones de memoria FL102M y FL512M de Yamaha se pueden solicitar a los distribuidores locales de Yamaha y por Internet. Para obtener más información acerca de la instalación, consulte las instrucciones en Yamaha MusicSoft aqui.

NUOVO! Premium Pack- Entertainer!


Siamo lieti di annunciare l'uscita del nuovo Entertainer Premium Voice Pack! Il pack comprende 30 nuove voices, tra cui 4 Super Articulation2 voices per la workstation/arranger Tyros4. Come tutti i Premium Packs e Voices, il nuovo Entertainer Pack rispetta i rigorosi standard delle voices preinstallate nella Tyros4.

L'Entertainer Pack e tutti gli altri Premium Packs e Voices sono disponibili esclusivamente su Yamaha MusicSoft.Questo pack è un must per chiunque suoni musica del genere Carnival, Schlager o Octoberfest. L'Entertainer Pack è la soluzione perfetta per tutti gli entertainer, duetti o bande, e offre una selezione di suoni sinonimo dei generi musicali tipici della Germania e delle vicine nazionali alpine.



Dallo jodel alpino alla musica festosa di Karnival, Oktoberfest e Apri-Ski, l'Entertainer Pack offre il set perfetto di strumenti per aumentare la professionalità e l'autenticità delle esecuzioni.



L'Entertainer Pack comprende svariati suoni principali percussivi e brillanti, che spaziano dalle innovative voices Jodel a un'ampia scelta di spettacolari effetti sonori ideali per le performance dal vivo. Questo pack include anche i celebri suoni principali Wire and Bell campionati dal leggendario sintetizzatore Yamaha SY99.



Per l'installazione dei Premium Packs e Voices sulla Tyros4 basta premere un pulsante. Per usare le nuove voices, tuttavia, dovrai installare l'espansione di memoria flash sulla Tyros4. Le espansioni di memoria Yamaha FL102M e FL512M sono disponibili presso i rivenditori Yamaha e su internet. Per maggiori informazioni sull'installazione, segui le istruzioni su Yamaha MusicSoft qui.

New Premium Voice Pack : Entertainer!

We are pleased to announce the release of the new Entertainer Premium Voice Pack! The pack features 30 new voices, including 4 Super Articulation2 voices for the Tyros4 arranger/workstation. Like all Premium Packs and Voices, the new Entertainer Pack was created by Yamaha to the exacting standards of the voices that are factory-installed in the Tyros4.

The Entertainer Pack and all other Premium Packs and Voices are available exclusively at Yamaha MusicSoft.This pack is a must have for any entertainer playing Carnival, Schlager, or Oktoberfest music. The Entertainer Pack is the perfect solution for all entertainers, duos or bands, providing an array of sounds synonymous with the typical
musical genres of Germany and neighboring Alpine nations.



From the Jodeling vocals of the Alps to the party music of Karnival, Oktoberfest and Apri-Ski, the Entertainer Pack provides the perfect set of tools to increase the professionalism and authenticity of performances.



The Entertainer Pack includes several bright and percussive lead sounds ranging from innovative Jodel voices to a variety of stellar Sound FX ideal for live performance. This pack also includes essential Wire and Bell leads sampled from Yamaha’s legendary SY99 synthesizer.



Installing the Premium Packs and Voices on the Tyros4 can be done with one simple touch of a button. To use new voices, though, you will need to install expansion flash memory on the Tyros4. The Yamaha FL102M and FL512M memory expansions are available from Yamaha dealers both in your area and on the web. For more information about installation, see our directions on Yamaha MusicSoft here.

~Drew

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New PianoSoft: French Impressionists and The Doobie Brothers: Together At Last

The Doobie Brothers have worked with EVERYONE! From Michael McDonald to Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and even the Memphis Horns of Stax Records fame, the Doobies are the kind of heavy hitters in American rock music that just draw talent and awe. These guys are currently out on the road in the US, so you may have a chance to catch them in your town. For tour details, click here.

If you can't make it out to see the Doobie Brothers in action, you can thank Jason Nyberg for the new "Listen To The Music" PianoSoft Solo collection, featuring 10 classic hits including "Long Train Running" and "China Grove"! Listen to the music anytime you like with Yamaha's PianoSoft software for Yamaha Keyboards, Clavinovas, and Disklaviers!

Something You Said


Long Train Running


Listen To The Music- Live At Budokan 1993



Our latest addition to our Classical PianoSoft library is a collection that showcases charming pieces by renowned French composers from the Impressionist Music Movement. "En Francais" features 12 solo piano pieces from French composers such as Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Gabriel Faure, in masterful performances by Bryan Pezzone. Musical Impressionism in general focused less on literal storytelling or strong emotive musical concepts. Composers from this movement made use of more atmospheric and suggestive ideas and techniques, utilizing uncommon scales and employing more use of dissonance in composition.

Prelude [1913]


Three Novelettes No. 3 in E Minor


These new PianoSoft collections are available exclusivley from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

~Drew