Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Great Styles For Christmas Caroling At Yamaha MusicSoft

It's that time of year again where the Christmas lights start going up around town, and all the shops pull out all the stops to decorate their windows with the greens, reds, silvers and golds that make us stop and say: "The HOLIDAYS ARE HERE! I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO!" With all the holiday engagements speeding toward us; now is the time to get ready for parties and family gatherings.

To help you prepare for an awesome caroling experience, we've put together a list of our favorite holiday inspired Style files that are sure to put you in control of the music, and at the center of attention! You can lead your friends and family in a holiday sing-a-long complete with a full backing band, using Style files and your Yamaha Keyboard or Clavinova! Since Styles respond to the note or chords you play with your left hand, you can instantly play any holiday song or carol in the key that best suits your voice, or the voices of your group!

Check out the previews and descriptions below, or browse our entire catalog of holiday Styles!

This shuffle builds nice and slow, adding dynamic layers of rhythm with each variation, until the horns and strings arrive with polyrhythmic harmony! Featured voices include concert guitar, synth, brass section, and a flute section!

This Style is perfect for "Blue Christmas", in the style of Elvis Presley. A solid back beat with added layers of orchestration, guitar, and flute make the somber Christmas classic come alive. Featured voices include clean and dirty guitars, oboe, and a sweet synth.

Here's a perfect country swing style for songs like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", or a mellow version of "Jingle Bell Rock" a la Hall & Oates. Featured voices include a cool brass section, smooth jazz guitar, saxophone, and a bright synth.

Christmas Waltz is subdued, offering a quieter opportunity to play traditional holiday classics like "The First Noel" and "The Little Drummer Boy". Featured voices include a big concert string section, classical guitar, bright bells, and saxophone.

Try mixing up your holiday sing-a-long with a little tropical inspiration and reggae flair! Jamaican Christmas features the classic reggae rhythm and some cool lead voices, including organ, saxophone, and harmonica.

Contains several holiday Styles with a dynamic mix of genres. Includes: "Christmas Shuffle", "Navidad Disco", "Boychild Reggae", "Rockin' Xmas" and "Christmas Swing"!

Play your holiday carols with a little swing using this Style! Orchestral strings and big band horns add to the complexity of this Style, with a little sleigh bell action to make it festive. Play melodies to songs like "Let It Snow" or "Jingle Bells" using the vibraphone, saxophone, jazz guitar, or soprano sax voices.

All of these Styles and many more are available from Yamaha MusicSoft.

Get ready, the Holidays are here!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Easy ways to celebrate music during the holidays

November and December is a busy time of year for many people. Whether it is preparing for holiday gatherings, shopping or taking time off with family and friends, it is hard to find time to do much of anything else. So, we’d like to share a few easy ways you can still celebrate music during the holidays.

For starters, we moved our entire catalog online earlier this year. All of our products are now available as digital downloads. So, no more waiting on shipping! Whether it is print-on-demand sheet music, downloadable MIDI Songs or expansion content for your Yamaha instrument, all if it is available as a download through your Yamaha MusicSoft account.

Here is a short list of our most popular products for digital download:

1)    Playground Sessions – an easy, piano learning system with game-like interactivity to get you playing your first song in as little as 30 days!

2)    Printable Sheet Music – our whole catalog of songs with interactive on-screen previews of the arrangements and popular titles added weekly

3)    PianoSoft – many popular titles to play on your Disklavier piano. Perfect for holiday parties!

4)    MIDI Styles and Registrations – professional arrangements you can load into your Yamaha instrument to expand its capabilities

5)    Voice & Style and Premium Packs – several expansion packs with instrumentation from around the world for your Yamaha Arranger Workstation

And, for those celebrating Christmas, we have a number of new titles and classic favorites.

Be sure to check the site weekly for all of the latest titles.

Happy Holidays from the Yamaha MusicSoft Team!