Yamaha Club Magazine – June / July 2008 edition

The June / July 2008 edition of Yamaha Club Magazine is in the post and should be reaching members as I write. As always it is packed with workshops, tutorials, news and features for the Yamaha keyboard, organ and Clavinova enthusiast.

What’s new in the June / July edition of Yamaha Club Magazine…

• New Password to Members Only area
Don’t forget to use the new password from June 1st if you want to access our archive and download sections. Because our new website suddenly, and a little unexpectedly, came on line you no longer need a UserName to enter the ‘Members Only’ area… just enter the password in the box provided. The new password, which must be entered in upper case characters (as shown in the magazine) is provided on page 4 of the June / July 2008 edition of Yamaha Club Magazine.

• Page 5: New tutorials for PSR-S900/S700
Simon Smith’s new audio tutorials for the S900/S700 are now in stock.

• Page 5: New website for Harry The Pianist
Fans of Paul ‘Harry’ Harris can visit his brand new website.

• Page 5: Online newsletter from Yamaha
You can sign up to Yamaha Round Up – Yamaha UK’s online newsletter covering all instrument groups

• Page 5: Sir George Martin chooses Yamaha Clavinova
Read the full story on Yamaha’s online news page.

• Page 6: Overture & Beginners (Steve Selwood)
In part three of Steve Selwood’s workshop series for smaller Yamaha keyboards he explains how to create ‘Famous Name’ registrations on Yamaha’s PSR-S500.

• Page 9: Keyboard Performer (Tony Ross)
In part 15 of his workshop series Tony Ross takes a look at Multipads – and, using illustrations from the screen of the PSR-S900, shows how to create a multipad ‘backing track… The method is the same for PSR1000/1100/1500/2000/2100/3000 keyboards, the new PSR-S700/S900 keyboards and top of the range Tyros/Tyros2.

• Page 12: Roger Hagarty’s Workshop
Part 3: Roger Hagarty continues his Clavinova workshop series with instructions for creating new One Touch Settings. Although the screen images are taken from a Clavinova CVP409 the operation will be fundamentally the same for PSR1000/1100/1500/2000/2100/3000 keyboards, the new PSR-S700/S900 keyboards and top of the range Tyros/Tyros2.

• Page 16: Frankfurt Musikmesse (Beverley Coombes / James Sargeant)
Yamaha Club member Beverley gives an account of her first visit to Europe’s biggest music industry show. Meanwhile, UK Product Specialist James Sargeant previews some of the new instruments on display there.

• Page 18: EL X-plorer (Alex Payler)
In the first of a series for EL Electone owners Alex Payler joins the Yamaha Club team with some professional tips on how to customise the sounds. You can find out more about Alex at his website.

• Page 20: Yamaha Club and YPKO Online
Our round up of news from YPKO includes a new Buy & Sell section, a marked interest in the sharing of music performances via the internet and a chance to join in the speculation and rumour (or could it be fact) on the forum about a replacement for Yamaha’s flagship keyboard Tyros2.

• Page 20: DVD Review – You Can Play Jazz Piano. (Janet Dowsett)
Improve your jazz piano technique with this tutorial DVD reviewed by Janet Dowsett. (more)

• Page 21: Music For You (Janet Dowsett)
Janet Dowsett introduces a collection of tutorial books by pianist/organist Peter Hayward…
o A COLLECTION OF CHORDS (more)
o CHORD FORMATION (more)
o COMPOSE YOUR OWN TUNES
o HOW TO CREATE SPARKLING ARRANGEMENTS (more)
o IN RHYTHMIC STYLE (more)
o IN CLASSIC STYLE – BOOK 5 (more)

• Page 22: Little Diamond (Glyn Madden)
Part 2: Glyn Madden continues his series based on TTT’s sampled Theatre Organ software for Tyros2.

• Page 24: F.A.Q. (Steve Marsden)
Yamaha UK’s technical guru, Steve Marsden takes time out from answering the phone at the help desk to answer some more of your questions about IDC (Internet Direct Connection).

• Page 26: AR Showcase – Part 20 (Glyn Madden)
Glyn Madden wraps up the current series with a selection of ‘things you may have missed’…

• Page 28: Organ 1st Radio (Alan Ashton)
Tune in to Alan Ashton’s online radio show at: Organ 1st Radio to hear tracks recorded during James Sargeant and Tony Pegler’s last Yamaha tour…

• Page 29: Notebook (Your letters & emails)

Topics include…

  • Diamond Edition Theatre Organ Software. (more)
    PSR-S500: Matching the Music Database names to real song titles.
    (Download Fact Sheet 118 for list of songs)
    Members performances – CD’s produced by member Muriel Wilkinson (more)
    Tony Ross CD (more) and Play-along USB stick
    Britain’s Got Talent: You’ve read the comments of Yamaha Club members. Now watch Michael Machell’s performance – and judge for yourself…

  • Glyn Madden

    1995-Current: Editor (Yamaha Club Magazine); 1980-2000: Yamaha Electone demonstrator (Yamaha UK)