Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chord Tracker - Amazing app that analyzes your music and shows you the chords!

Have you ever tried to figure out what the chords are to your favorite songs? Well, search no further because now Yamaha’s new Chord Tracker app does the hard work for you!

The Yamaha Chord Tracker app for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad helps you practice and perform songs by analyzing the audio of any song stored on you iOS device and displaying the chord symbols for you.

As a performer, it is great to have a tool like this to help me transcribe new songs where the sheet music isn’t available. Or, if I’m having a hard time hearing the “quality” of the chord (major, minor, 7ths, etc.), Chord Tracker helps me solve the mystery chords.

We had Mike, from our marketing team, give Chord Tracker a test drive using music from our Custom Audio Backing Tracks:

Once the song is analyzed, you can change the tempo or key of the song. You can even edit the chords to make your own arrangement of the song by choosing from two recommended chords or selecting the chord root and chord type.

Download Chord Tracker for FREE on the iTunes App Store, try it out and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Tom Ring
Yamaha MusicSoft Product Specialist

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Is music part of your 4th of July?

 Yamaha Disklavier 4th of July

Because we live music-centric lifestyles here at Yamaha MusicSoft, music is a natural part of the holiday season. However, we realize that is not necessarily the case for everyone else. So, we’d like to hear from you to see if and how music is a part of your 4th of July?

I’ve spent that last few years attending a 4th of July celebration in my local community park. During the day they have bands playing a mix of classic rock, summer-themed songs and patriotic music. The fireworks display at night is usually accompanied by patriotic music in a variety of genres culminating with a big fanfare during the grand finale. It tends to bring up a mixture of emotions with memories of summers past and a look to the future.

If you are looking for some musical inspiration for your holiday gathering, check out the Yamaha MusicSoft website for 4th of July-themed titles. Or, if you own a Yamaha keyboard, Clavinova or Disklavier that you can connect directly to the internet, we suggest you check out the “Songs of America” channel on our Piano Radio service. One of these may be the perfect music solution to accompany your holiday party!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Newest Premium Voice Pack for Tyros5 – South East Europe

Yamaha MusicSoft is proud to announce the latest premium voice pack for the Tyros5 Arranger Workstation!

The South East Europe pack includes a huge variation of styles and voices from Romania, Slovakia and Hungary - perfect to play traditional and modern music. Explore the vivid spirit of Cymbalom-driven Romanian Folk and the magic of Hungarian Csardas, Gypsy Swing and Slovakian rhythms!
As a composer, I’m constantly listening for new ideas. Whether it be a new style to write in or new sounds for musical inspiration, my first stop is the Yamaha MusicSoft library.

This pack includes a whopping 40 Styles, 64 Voices, 15 Multipads and 80 registrations to add to your sonic palette.

I encourage you to explore all of the different expansion packs that are available. Some new found instrumentation may be all that your next great composition needs!

Check out the demos of this new pack and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Man takes stage after only 30 days of piano lessons!

I have to admit, after reading this, I was a bit skeptical. When I was growing up, I heard horror stories about the “old school” process of learning to play the piano – stern piano teacher and hours of practicing scales and a bunch of songs that I would never voluntarily play. I remember thinking, “how can that be fun?”

I decided to explore the claim in the title of this post further and learn about Playground Sessions. Playground Sessions is an interactive piano learning system that is designed to get you up and playing quickly by teaching you how to play popular songs. Gone are the days of tedious scales and learning antiquated songs where you run the risk of losing interest. With “Playground”, you get right into the fun. It combines video where you can follow along on your keyboard and it incorporates game-style points and interactivity to keep you engaged.

After watching the video, I got excited about learning the piano again. And, it looks like they are keeping up with versioning as they have just released Playground Sessions
version 2.0. At a glance, it looks like a lot of new enhancements, practice sessions and songs.

So, If you’ve been considering taking up the piano (or revisiting it now that it is so easy to learn), I encourage you to check it out. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Play along with Nashville session musicians!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to perform at the Grand Ole Opry? Well, now the next best thing is available – Custom Audio Backing Tracks from Yamaha MusicSoft.

Recorded in Nashville by professional session musicians, these backing tracks are sound-alike versions of popular songs that are inspiring to play along with. Whether you need a boost in your practice routine or you are looking for a reliable backup band for your solo-acoustic gig, these tracks are the perfect accompaniment.

Here’s how they work. You can create a custom mix for each song by muting, soloing or balancing the volume of the individual tracks. And, these are recorded audio of live performances, not MIDI tracks so they are self-contained as mp3 mixes that you can play on your portable mp3 player through your P.A. system or on your computer for practice sessions. You can solo individual parts to hone in on that difficult track or mute your part so you can play along.

Whether you are a singing a song at a friend’s wedding (karaoke-style) or learning to play the drums, Custom Audio Backing tracks are the perfect play-along/performance tool for your next practice session or gig. Check out all the available titles here. If you don't see your favorite title, suggest one in the comments for us to carry.