Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Save 20% Store Wide At Yamaha MusicSoft!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we thought we'd give thanks to all our loyal customers by offering a 20% discount on everything at Yamaha MusicSoft! All Midi Songs, Styles, PianoSoft, Sheet Music, Digital Lesson Books, and Voices are on sale now through Monday, November 28th! Whether you're just starting your holiday shopping, or have been waiting to stock up on holiday music for your Yamaha keyboard, Clavinova, or Disklavier, there's no better time to buy than now! Save big, and from all of us at Yamaha Online Services: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


~ Drew

Save 20% on everything at Yamaha MusicSoft, now through Monday, November 29th, 2011 at 12AM Eastern Time. Offer not combinable with any other promotions. This sale is not valid at the Yamaha MusicSoft European Edition.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Holiday Favorites Channel Returns To Yamaha's Piano Radio!

Yamaha's Piano Radio has consistently offered new and diverse channels throughout 2011, and we're proud to announce our annual that the popular Holiday Favorites channel is back again this year! Because all Piano Radio channels are based on our extensive catalog of PianoSoft albums, this service offers a unique alternative to purchasing entire collections and manually building playlists or changing disks. Simply connect your keyboard, Clavinova, or Disklavier to Yamaha's Piano Radio; choose your favorite station, and listen to beautiful piano music 24 hours a day, seven days a week! For those of you that prefer to have more control over which songs you hear and when, we're also featuring 6 of our favorite Christmas albums, which are essential additions to any PianoSoft collection.

Traditional Christmas Sing-A-Long

Jolly Christmas


A New Age/Jazzy Christmas-Garson Style


Songs For Christmas Volume 2


Country Christmas


Happy Christmas


Have a great weekend!

~Drew

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ooh La La! New French Styles at Yamaha Online Services!

Our colleagues in Europe have given us a pleasant surprise this week! 5 brand new styles inspired by classic pop and jazz tunes from France. We're proud to add a new Bolero Style to our catalog, in addition to a lovely Cha Cha, and a great Jazz Waltz. Whether you're already a fan of French pop music from the 60's and 70's, or you're just looking for something authentic and a bit different to mix up your set, these new Styles offer flexibility and excitement to your repertoire. Best of all, you can purchase each of the new Styles individually, or save when you buy them all in French Style Pack 1! Check out the samples below, or browse our entire catalog of Styles!


Classical Bolero
This Bolero rhythm is fantastic, featuring latin percussion and a slow, sultry groove. The low bass and marimba sounds flush out the arrangement of the rhythm, with some brass kicking in with the later variations. Featured voices include trumpet, saxophone, and flamenco guitar.

French Slow Ballad This ballad doesn't sound inherently French at first, but it was inspired by Joe Dassin's L'été indien. I could easily see this Style working for songs like "Lady In Red", or anything on the slow end with a steady back beat. Groovy guitars aid in the rhythm, leaving room to play melodies with trumpet, saxophone, and grand piano. Guitar Swing Chanson A nice bouncy Style, with lofty drums and a steady bass line. Accordion creeps into the later variations, adding layers of texture to the overall sound. Featured voices include musette, concert guitar, allegro strings, and trumpet. Hully Gully Hully Gully is a bit of a Cha Cha style, with a mid-tempo feel and some moving eletric piano lines that are reminiscent of Motown. The groove here is undeniable, and you can solo using the trumpet, saxophone, or grand piano voices. Jazz Musette Here's a fantastic waltz- French Style. Lovely accordion swells fill the rhythm with some jazzy drums to give it swing. Featured voices include jazz guitar, slide guitar, accordion, and saxophone. These new French Styles are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

Have a great weekend!

~Drew

Friday, November 4, 2011

New Holiday PianoSoft At Yamaha MusicSoft!

The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us! We've got two new PianoSoft collections to help you get into the spirit of the coming season. Last year we received so many requests for a PianoSoft Solo version of Selections From "A Charlie Brown Christmas" that we couldn't help but deliver. In addition, we are offering a wonderful selection of holiday-themed compositions performed by Mike Garson that's appropriately titled "Impressions Of The Season". Every year around this time the musical climate changes in all the shops. As the holiday spirit builds throughout November and the hustle turns to bustle to get your holiday shopping done, you can rest easy and relax with some light and cheerful holiday music and your Yamaha Keyboard, Clavinova, or Disklavier!


Selections From "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
It's hard to imagine the animation of Charles Schultz's "Peanuts" and the affable underdog Charlie Brown without the music of Vince Guaraldi. From the classic Peanuts theme "Linus & Lucy", to the sing-along favorite "Christmas Time Is Here"; the music of this timeless classic holiday program is recreated with loving care by Tom Zink. I was fortunate enough to catch a live-action stage performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in New York City a few years back, and the emotional sweetness and childhood nostalgia that the show delivers is positively amplified by Mr. Guaraldi's music. Enjoy the subtle and charming solo piano performances in this collection with your friends and family this season!

O Tannenbaum

Linus & Lucy




"Impressions Of The Season"- Mike Garson
Impressions of the Season is truly a complete collection of the most light-hearted holiday songs, in the outstanding PianoSoft Solo format. Mike Garson has carefully chosen 13 standard holiday songs, and created wonderfully memorable, if not understated arrangements. From "Deck The Halls" and "Winter Wonderland" to the jazzy rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", to more traditional carols like "Good King Wenceslas" and "Come All Ye Faithful"; Impressions of the Season serves as a perfect soundtrack for holiday parties, or family time decorating the tree.

Winter Wonderland

The First Noel


Enjoy!
~Drew

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New Premium Styles! Rock Ballad 6-8 & Shadow Tango!

November's new Premium Styles continue the tradition of diversity and quality that our customers have come to expect. With a nod to mid-90's "post-hair-metal" ballads in 6/8 time, and a new Tango Style that mixes classic functionality with surprising detail and boundless creativity; Rock Ballad 6-8 and Shadow Tango should find a home in your repertoire with ease. Like all Yamaha Premium Styles, these have been created to the exacting standards of the Styles that come pre-loaded on Yamaha's best arranger/workstations!


Rock Ballad 6-8
This Style in 6-8 time is totally inspired by Bon Jovi's classic profession of love in their 1992 smash hit "Bed Of Roses". While this Style won't transport you to the top of a mountain for an epic guitar solo, it will put grand piano, soprano sax, rock organ, and a screaming lead guitar voice at your fingertips. The rhythm builds nice and slow, offering a wide array of dynamic backing options. It's a heartbreaking masterpiece in a minor key, or sweet and inspiring in a major key. This Style is truly a necessity for the rock keyboard player.



Shadow Tango
Here's a really cool Tango Style inspired by the song "Guitar Tango" by The Shadows. This Style features a couple of great Tango rhythms, and some great guitar voices that are reminiscent of the famous Shadows tone, which they originally achieved with Fender guitars, Vox amplifiers, and tape echo! Now they're easy to play and conveniently located in the One Touch Settings. You also get an orchestral string section, and a sweet trumpet to support your melodies! Whether you're looking for something a little different and inspired by late 50's UK pop, or just need a solid Tango style for your next gig, Shadow Tango has all the right ingredients for a killer performance!



Yamaha Premium Styles are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection!

~Drew