Tuesday, March 21, 2017

One Cool Thing - Style Files

This week we'll take a look at "one cool thing" you can do with your Yamaha Arranger Workstation keyboard - performing with Style Files.

Style Files allow you to become a "one-man band" by playing your Yamaha keyboard using complete backing ensembles that you control! These files can be used for original songs, playing a hit song or while improvising with new musical ideas.

How they work: Yamaha Styles are controlled by the chords you play with your left hand. When you play a chord on your Yamaha keyboard, an entire backing ensemble will join your performance based on the chord you are playing. Style files allow you to take a whole band with you on the go or work on new songs in a variety of musical genres. From Rock to Jazz, Classical to Country, Style Files will make you sound like a pro!

Below is a brief video tutorial demonstrating Style Files:

When you are ready to expand your Style, check out all of the available Styles at Yamaha MusicSoft.com.

- The Yamaha MusicSoft team

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music from Yamaha MusicSoft

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the rich heritage of Irish music. Yamaha MusicSoft makes it easy and we have many titles to choose from. Whether it be Easy Piano arrangements or music for traditional Irish instruments, there are songs ‘o plenty to enjoy during the season.

Irish-themed sheet music

Feeling lucky? From Luck Be A Lady to Good Luck Charm, check out the run of good luck we’re having at Yamaha MusicSoft!

Disklavier owners: Be sure to tune in to the St. Patrick's Day channel on your Piano Radio service. Or, check out the Irish-themed PianoSoft titles we have available.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

The Yamaha MusicSoft team

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Breakthrough artist - Lady Gaga

This week we spotlight a breakthrough artist born this month – Lady Gaga

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (better known as Lady Gaga) celebrates her birthday on March 28th. Here debut album The Fame launched her as an international, chart-topping artist with hits like Just Dance and Pokerface. She followed that up with The Fame Monster in 2009 with additional hits Bad Romance, Telephone and Alejandro.

She has a unique style with music and fashion that is all her own. Sometimes controversial and constantly reinventing herself, she meets all the criteria for our breakthrough artist feature.

Yamaha MusicSoft has Gaga galore from sheet music and MIDI Songs, to You Are The Artist song books and Custom Audio Backing Tracks so you can play and sing along!

Like to see your favorite artist featured here? Please send us your suggestions below.

The MusicSoft team

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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