Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Party Around the World – Carnival, Mardi Gras, Fastnacht and more!

Global celebrations are happening this week as the final lead up to the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday (March, 1 2017).

Whether it be Carnival/Karneval in South America/Europe or Mardi Gras in the French Quarter, everyone is celebrating the “last hurrah” before the Lenten season begins.

Yamaha MusicSoft has several Premium MIDI Songs and Style Files to help celebrate the season. And, our recently relaunched website is customized by region to offer songs that are popular in your local market. Once on the landing page, you can refine your product search by price, artist, product features and genre to find exactly what you're looking for.

We continue to add new songs and styles every week so be sure to check back often for the latest.

Wishing you a happy and safe Carnival season!

The Yamaha MusicSoft team

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Oscar nominated favorites - The 89th Academy Awards

It’s Oscar® time again! This year's awards ceremony will be held Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Yamaha MusicSoft has several new titles from Oscar nominated films in multiple product categories. And, for Piano Radio subscribers, we have an exclusive “Oscar” channel where you can tune in and celebrate the awards season.
Here’s a list of new titles from nominated films by category:

Best Original Song
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

City of Stars from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Can't Stop the Feeling! from Trolls – Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster (Shellback)
How Far I'll Go from Moana – Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Animated Feature Film
Selections from Moana

Try Everything by Shakira - from the Disney movie Zootopia

Best Sound Mixing
Selection from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – composed by Michael Giacchino

Additional songs from nominees:
Another Day Of Sun from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Nominees in other categories:
Florence Foster Jenkins by Alexandre Desplat

Star Trek Beyond – original TV theme

We hope you enjoy this year’s award ceremony!

- The Yamaha MusicSoft team

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Grammy nominees and winners

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Grammy nominees and winners!

Yamaha MusicSoft has sheet music, MIDI songs and Style files from this year’s performers. We carry thousands of arrangements for beginners up through advance players.

For example, there are "Easy Piano" arrangements for several songs to get you playing along right away! Or, you can load a Style File into your Yamaha keyboard to play in the style of your favorite winner. Finally, for those that prefer to listen rather than play, we have PianoSoft Solo collections for Yamaha Disklavier pianos. 

Here are a few links by artist to get you started:

We continue to add new titles every week at all learning levels so be sure to check back often!

-The Yamaha MusicSoft team

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CueTIME – The popular learning system is back!

We’ve received several requests from our dealers in the past asking if the CueTIME learning system will be made available on yamahamusicsoft.com. We are pleased to announce that we now have it available on our our site!

CueTIME was previously available only through dealers and online sheet music retailers. It made sense to bring it back and add it to the site as another accessible way to make learning the piano easy and fun.

CueTIME software allows Yamaha Clavinova CVP and Disklavier owners to control the tempo of the pre-recorded instrumental backgrounds using “Cue” notes in the sheet music. By utilizing exclusive Clavinova guide lamp and Disklavier Smart Key technology, players can read sheet music as they normally do and hear background orchestrations follow along seamlessly to any changes in tempo.

We are starting with the most popular collection from that original series, Classic Gems (Volume 1) and adding more collections in the near future.

The collections are available as individual songs (printable sheet music and companion MIDI song) and as a full collection. You can check out CueTIME and all of our music learning systems here.

Please let us know how you approach learning music in the comments below.

- The Yamaha MusicSoft team