Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yamaha Styles Light Up The Dance Floor!

Yamaha Styles are produced in Germany by a talented and creative team of programmers. These guys really keep their fingers on the pulse of new music, paying MIDI tribute to International and European pop hits with their high quality MIDI Song and Style files. Our catalog of Yamaha Styles boasts an exceptional selection of high energy, groovy rhythms that are designed to light up the dance floor.

If you need a perfect style for Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" or the Village People's "YMCA" for your next gig, or a hi-tech supersonic 16 beat to play around with at home: We have you covered.

Using Yamaha Styles to create your own dance hits at home is fun and easy, and it beats hours of programming in front of your computer. Just download, transfer, load and play in a matter of minutes! This week I've put together a list of our most versatile Dancey Styles to get you started down the road to musical super stardom! Some previews are below, and you can browse the entire catalog of Yamaha Styles by clicking here!

YMCA Disco

Electro Club

Celebration Dance

Poker Beat

Satellite Beat

Black Pea Beat

Tik Tak Disco

Atzen Party

Arpeggio Pop

Anton Tyrol Beat

Alaska Disco

Dance Field


Yamaha Styles are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

~Drew

New PianoSoft! The Queen Of Soul: Aretha Franklin!

Aretha Franklin has one of the most instantly recognizable and imitated voices in soul music. The sheer power of her voice places her a head above the rest, with her unmatchable ability to sing extremely low and extremely high notes with strong, breathy tones; rarely ever drifting into falsetto. Franklin's undisputed most successful recording "Respect" (written and orignially recorded by Otis Redding) skyrocketed her to international fame in 1967.

Before this, Franklin's label struggled to find appropriate material for her voice. Initially, the label gave her jazz-influenced pop songs a la Billie Holiday, and girl group oriented tunes like "The Shoop Shoop Song(It's In His Kiss)". Though Franklin had no trouble handling these musical styles, she would find success later when her gospel roots mixed with the R&B mastery of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section to create some of the most revered soul music of all time.

On "Chain Of Fools" - The Best Of Aretha Franklin, Tom Zink has captured 8 of Aretha Franklin's biggest hits, including "Respect", "Think", and "Until You Come Back To Me" in PianoSoft Plus format. Check out the previews below, or preview the whole collection by clicking here!

Chain Of Fools

Think

Respect


Here's a great (and rare) clip of Aretha performing "Respect" back in 1968!



This collection and many more are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

Enjoy!
~Drew

Friday, June 24, 2011

New Songs From MIDI SPOT Have Arrived!!

Our friends in Denmark at Midi Spot have just delivered 18 brand new MIDI songs! From classic pop hits like Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never", Huey Lewis and the News' "Hip To Be Square", and the Eagles' "Tequila Sunrise", to Donna Summer's "On The Radio" and Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely", Midi Spot has given us a collection that holds something for everyone.

Midi Spot is under exclusive license from Yamaha to program high quality MIDI files for Yamaha keyboards and Clavinovas. Discover Midi Spot's quality and value with a catalog of nearly 600 songs at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection. If you want to learn more about how you use your Yamaha instrument to unlock the power of MIDI, check out our new Midi Workshop Video Series! Some of our favorite new songs from Midi Spot are listed below, and you can view their entire catalog on Yamaha MusicSoft here!


It's Now Or Never
Elvis Presley
Tequila Sunrise
The Eagles
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
Sting
Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder
Hip To Be Square
Huey Lewis & The News
It's a Heartache
Bonnie Tyler
It Never Rains In Southern California
Albert Hammond
Girls, Girls, Girls
Sailor
Surfin' USA
The Beach Boys
On The Radio
Donna Summer

Have a great weekend!

~Drew

Rock Out With Yamaha Premium Styles!

Rock Music was born out of the Rock and Roll music of the 40's and 50's, initially combining the influence of rhythm and blues and country music, and later expanding to the vast sub-genres we know today. In the beginning, Rock was based around the electric guitar, with basic 4/4 time and verse-chorus-verse-chorus song structure, but the evolution of the Rock genre expanded the sound to include keyboards, organs, synthesizers, and nearly anything that produces melodic sound.

Entire books have been written about the history of Rock, so I won't try to sum up over 50 years of music in one little blog article. I will say that whether you're a fan of piano ballads, guitar solos, big horns, groovy bass, or raucous drums; Rock Music has something to satisfy your taste. This week we're featuring a collection of our best Premium Style Files for Rock Music. We have great Rock Styles from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and today!

60's Chart Pop


90's Power Ballad


80's High Energy


Brit Rock Ballad


80's Root Rock


80's Pop Rock


Rock Keys


Piano Rock


80's Movie Rock


US Rock


80's Rock Anthem


Stairway Rock


Yamaha Premium Styles are avaialbe exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection. To view our entire catalog of Premium Styles, click here! And check out our Midi Workshop Video Series to learn how to use Yamaha Style Files with Yamaha MIDI Files!


~Drew

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Remembering The Big Man: Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons was one of the most iconic saxophone players in rock music. Towering at stage right with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Clemons was a fan favorite, adding scorching sax lines to the band's working class rock sound. Clemons passed away on June 18 due to complications that arose from a stroke he suffered the week before. He was 69 years old.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have always been a personal favorite of mine, and Clemons' tenor sax on songs like "10th Avenue Freeze-Out", "Sherry Darling", and "Badlands", gave the band a soul and character that set them apart from their contemporaries. The songs that always give me chills have big saxophone solos from The Big Man himself: "Thunder Road", and "Jungleland", both from the "Born To Run" album. I recently read that the epic sax solo at the end of the song "Jungleland" took over 16 hours in the studio, where Clemons and Springsteen worked together to arrange it perfectly. If you've never heard it before, here's a clip from a 2009 performance at Madison Square Garden(that I was lucky enough to attend!).



And for good measure, here's one more clip of "10th Avenue Freeze Out", live in 1978!



Check out some of the Springsteen MIDI files available at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection:

Glory Days

Hungry Heart

Girls In Their Summer Clothes

Working On A Dream

Pay Me My Money Down

Though The Big Man has passed on, his music will always be there for those who want to listen. Rest In Peace Clarence Clemons.

~Drew

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Yamaha's Piano Radio Goes Red, White, And Blue!

In celebration of the United States Independence Day we have released our annual Songs Of America channel on Yamaha's Piano Radio! Now through the 4th Of July holiday, you can listen to a mix of iconic American songs like "New York, New York", and "California Dreamin'", Americana folk songs like "This Land Is My Land", and Patriotic tunes "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" all in one channel!

Holidays are wonderful times to get together with family and friends to relax and catch up. Now you can let Yamaha's Piano Radio take care of the soundtrack to your 4th of July barbecue or fireworks party!

Check out some of the highlights from our annual Songs Of America Channel below:

God Bless The USA
From the PianoSoft Solo Collection "Celebrate America"


When Johnny Comes Marching Home
From The PianoSoft Plus Collection "This Is My Country"


Georgia On My Mind
From the PianoSoft Plus Collection "Sue Downs- There Will Never Be Another Sue"


With the addition of the Songs Of America channel, we now have 22 premium channels on Yamaha's Piano Radio! There's more music on Piano Radio than ever before, and there's more to come! Check out the full list of channels by clicking here! If you've never used Piano Radio before, visit our comprehensive Connection Guide for step by step connection instructions and videos!

~Drew

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hot Styles For Summer At Yamaha Online Services!

Yamaha Styles function just like the styles built into your keyboard. You get 4 variations in each style, 4 One Touch Settings (which call up perfect voices from your keyboard for soloing or playing melodies), and 3 intros and 3 endings to complete your performance. One of my favorite things about using Styles is the versatility of each file. Since Yamaha Styles are controlled by the notes you play on your keyboard, you can literally play hundreds of songs with the same style!

This week we've assembled a list of of Hot Latin and Cool Reggae Styles to get you ready for the summer! Load up a new style file and take a musical vacation to a tropical destination! Check out some of the samples below, or browse our entire Style Catalog by clicking here!

Brazil Guitar Samba
This mid-tempo style has a mellow feel with traditional hand percussion, and polyrhythmic guitars. The variations build slowly, adding layers of percussion to your composition. Featured voices include classical guitar, electric piano, and flute.

Mex Gt Rumba
Expertly programmed to take you to the Mexican Caribbean! The rhythm boasts arpeggiating electric piano, latin percussion and warm guitars. Take the lead with flute, accordian, or marimba, and carve out your own little piece of paradise!

Pop Reggae
A classic style that is ready made for Reggae hits like "One Love" or "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley. Play the melodies with vintage guitar, hot organ or full horn section voices!

Samba Rio
The complex percussion in this style makes it a unique yet authentic samba rhythm. Samba Rio transforms from a mild and spacious variation into a certifiable ruckus over the other 3 variations! Play your melody with nylon string guitar, accordian, and rockin' organ voices!

Soft Reggae
Take it down a notch with a softer, slower Reggae feel. This one is perfect for ballads, but still packs enough punch to fit nicely into your summer set. Lead voices include saxopohne, rock guitar, and a big organ sound!


Yamaha Styles are available exclusively from Yamaha Musicsoft and Internet Direct Connection.

~Drew

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MIDI Workshop Video # 3: Using Yamaha Style Files With Yamaha MIDI Files!

The third installment in our Midi Workshop Video Series has been released!! This video will show you how to use a Yamaha Style file to change the feel of a Yamaha MIDI file in REAL TIME! It's a handy performance trick, that will allow you to change genre, intensity, or style of a song without having to load a new song. If you want to try a familiar song in a new style, it's easy to do! When I'm writing new songs at my keyboard, I like to try playing them in a variety of styles to get a sense of how the finished song should sound. You can also use this trick for any USER recorded MIDI song in your Yamaha Keyboard or Clavinova!!



Click the links below to watch the other videos in our MIDI Workshop Series!
"How To Mute Tracks In A Midi File"
"How To Edit Voices And Save Changes In A Midi File"

You can watch the MIDI Workshop Series and all of Yamaha Online Services viedos at the Yamaha Online Services Official YouTube Page.

Yamaha MIDI Files and Style Files are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

~Drew

New MIDI Songs Added Every Week At Yamaha MusicSoft!


Every week we add a handful of Yamaha Songs and Yamaha Premium Songs to our catalog of MIDI files at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection. Our MIDI content production teams are working year round to keep our catalog up to date with the latest smash hit songs, while making sure we have all the hits from years gone by.

Yamaha MIDI files are created based upon a few guidelines, including the general popularity and chart position of a song, the ability to secure the appropriate license to create and distribute a song, and most importantly: Customer Demand! If there's a song you're looking for that we do not currently carry, feel free to contact our Customer Support Team with your suggestions. If it meets the requirements listed above, we'll put it into production!

This week we have a great mix of recent international hits and a few oldies! Check out the new songs below, or browse the entire catalog by clicking here!

Magic Carpet Ride
Steppenwolf

I Fought The Law
Bobby Fuller Four

Endlich du
Andrea Berg

Price Tag
B.o.B, Jessie J.

Let's Go Dancing
Kool & The Gang

Een zomeravond met jou
Monique Smit, Tim Douwsma

Den Finaste Eg Veit
Hellbillies


If you want to learn how to unlock the learning and performance power of Yamaha MIDI files using your Yamaha Keyboard or Clavinova, check out our new MIDI Workshop Video Series!

These new MIDI songs and so many more are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection!

~Drew

New PianoSoft: Three Dog Night And Timeless Love Songs!


Three Dog Night is an American rock band that formed in 1968 and is still active today. The band has earned 13 gold albums and scored 21 Billboard Top 40 hits in a career that spans more than 4 decades. Bill Cunliffe has arranged a collection of some of Three Dog Night's greatest hits on "Mama Told Me" - Three Dog Night.

In addition to the title track, this collection boasts 12 other classic tunes including the smash hits "One" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song".

Check out this video of Three Dog Night live in 1970 singing "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)".



Here's a few samples of what you can hear on our new PianoSoft collection:
"Mama Told Me" - Three Dog Night

One

Black and White

An Old Fashioned Love Song


From Bryan Pezzone, we've received a delightful collection of love songs from decades gone by. "Love Across The Decades" is mellow and beautiful, sweet and romantic. This collection includes 12 timeless songs of devotion, from U2's "With Or Without You" to "Almost Paradise" from the soundtrack of the motion picture "Footlose", to Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train To Georgia". This collection has everything you need to set the tone for romance. There's a few samples below, and you can preview the whole collection here.

Lean On Me

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

With Or Without You


"Love Across The Decades" and "Mama Told Me- Three Dog Night" are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft.

~Drew

Thursday, June 9, 2011

PianoSoft Collections Re-Released For Download By Yamaha!

Today we've re-released another batch of amazing PianoSoft collections in downloadable format! This means that these collections are now available for E3 Disklavier owners, and Yamaha keyboards and Clavinovas! To refresh your memory, we've reprinted the many different ways to download PianoSoft albums at the bottom of this post. Check out the re-releases below, or browse the entire PianoSoft catalog by clicking here!

Legacy- Jason Coleman

"We Got The Beat"- Hits Of The 80's

Sanislav Bunin- "Valse Brillante"


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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We Can All "Get Together" With New PianoSoft From Yamaha!

Joel Plimmer has done it again with a collection of songs from the generation of Peace, Love, and Happiness! "Get Together" - Great Songs of the "Hippie" Generation has something for everyone. This collection features the 60's folk classics "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" and Cat Stevens' "Peace Train", and The Zombies psychedelic anthem "Time Of The Season".

You'll also get groovy tunes like "Incense and Peppermints" and the Broadway classic "Hair", in addition to 2 songs from The Beatles never before available in PianoSoft Solo format: "All You Need Is Love" and John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance"!

"Get Together" reflects a time in musical history where musicians and artists became aware of the power of their voices. Through the power of song, these artists communicated the worries and hopes of an entire generation, rasing awareness and offering comfort to millions of fans. It's a tradition that has inspired generations of artists, and is thankfully alive today. You'll find some audio samples from this collection below, and you can preview the entire collection by clicking here.

All You Need Is Love
The Beatles


Incense And Peppermints
Strawberry Alarm Clock


Get Together
The Youngbloods


Joel Plimmer has crafted a touching and expressive collection paying tribute to the music of the 60's, which can be beautifully reproduced on Yamaha Disklavier Pianos, Clavinovas, and Electronic Keyboards.

"Get Together"- Great Songs Of The "Hippie" Generation is available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

~Drew

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sue Downs Mix Tape On Yamaha's Piano Radio!

Sue Downs is called "First Lady of the Disklavier" and with good reason. I think it's safe to say that Sue is the premier Disklavier specialist, having performed more concerts, made more videos, and made more appearances on behalf of the Disklavier than any other artist. Her playing is sublime, and as a gifted singer, she is truly a double threat.

With more than 20 PianoSoft collections to her name, Sue Downs is one of the most prolific Disklavier recording artists, as well as one of the most talented. Whether, you're interested in sacred music, standards, or jazz, you're certain to find a Sue Downs recording to suit your mood.

While many people probably think of Sue as a jazz pianist(which she is), her skills are extremely diverse. She is equally proficient in the Classics, Gospel, Jazz – well, just about Anything. Sue started her piano studies at the age of three, and her early studies focused on Classical music. She was a scholarship student at the Curtis Institute, and those Classical roots have their imprint on her excellent pop/jazz performances. She has flawless technique and phrasing and the magnificent feel of a seasoned jazz pianist.

We are proud to announce the brand new Sue Downs Mix Tape Channel on Yamaha's Piano Radio. Now you can experience more than 8 full hours of the First Lady Of Disklavier's best work, 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Sue says it all herself in this on stage inteview below:



If you've never used Yamaha's Piano Radio before, it's easier than ever to get connected. Just visit our Connection Guide for step by step instructions, and Sue Downs could be playing in your home tonight!

~Drew

New Yamaha Premium Styles Are Sweet, Classic, And Inspired!


Yamaha Premium Styles are created by the same team that programs the on board content in Yamaha Arranger/Workstations. Premium Styles are the only after market style files made to the exacting standards of the files that come pre-installed in Yamaha instruments, so you know that these are the absolute highest quality!

Each time you add a new Yamaha Premium Style to your Arranger or Clavinova, you expand your musical possibilities and professional performance options. This week we're adding some classic soul and inspirational pop to our ever expanding catalog of Yamaha Premium Styles. Keep reading to get a taste of what's new at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection!

60s Soul Shuffle
This style is like putting the world renowned Funk Brothers of Motown Records fame right at your fingertips. All the ingredients are here: deep grooving bass lines, solid back beat drums, bright guitars, and brass voices to really fill out your arrangement. Play all the classic soul shuffle tunes, from Jackie Wilson to the Temptations! If Soul is how you roll, then this style is essential!



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!



Yamaha Premium Style files are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection. Visit the official Yamaha Tyros YouTube page to watch more Yamaha Premium Style demonstration videos!

~Drew