Yamaha Club Magazine – April / May 2009 edition

• Yamaha Club Magazine: April/May edition


• Page 6: Overture & Beginners (Steve Selwood)
In the latest chapter of his series for owners of Yamaha’s smaller keyboards, Steve’s looking at ‘connections’ – with advice for setting the graphic equaliser and making the right connections for computers, recorders and professional PA equipment.
Details of ‘Electricity’ – a new CD by Steve Selwood

• Page 8: Roger Hagarty’s Workshop (Roger Hagarty)
Roger demonstrates how to use the Clavinova as a full-keyboard piano with backing band – using the Full Keyboard mode.

• Page 10: Easy-Beat Music: Six Of The Best (Penny Weedon)
Top teacher and performer Penny Weedon joins the Yamaha Club team again for a new series of Easy-Beat Music workshops – illustrating her original compositions with performance notes and chord charts.

• Page 12: Keyboard Performer (Tony Ross)
Part 19: Tony sets out to create a multi-track recording in the Song Programmer. In the opening session he lays down a chord track for the legendary rock organ anthem ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ – using the step-write function.

Tony refers to a previous article on the subject of chord sequencing that is now available to Club members from the Yamaha Club Archive. Keyboard Performer Series 3 – Archive 0041

If you’re in need of inspiration, why not watch/hear Procol Harum’s original recording of ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ on You Tube

• Page 16: EL X-plorer (Alex Payler)
Alex takes a look at what support is still available for owners oif Yamaha EL Series Electone organs – now that the company no longer produces instruemnts for the European market. Aside from the ‘official’ back-up offered by Yamaha UK Alex has found a range of unofficial websites, many run by and dedicated to the Electone enthusiast…

The Electone Zone
Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary of the Electone Site (Japanese)
Bee Software for Electone
Yamaha’s On-line Manual Library
Alex Payler’s own web site
Electone message board on YPKO

• Page 20: Music Software – ‘Finale 2009’
It’s expensive – but Finale is one of the best music score writing software packages.

• Page 21: Music For You (Janet Dowsett)
Janet Dowsett introduces another collection of music books (with discount prices for Yamaha Club members).
o The Black Book: 50+ Rock & Pop Hits For Buskers
o Registration Magic (Janet Dowsett)
o Budget Books: Movie Songs – Easy Piano

• Page 22: Notes From The AR-Group
A new series for AR Electone organ owners, based on material provided by The AR-Group.

• Page 24: F.A.Q. (Steve Marsden)
A fact sheet – ‘Easy Upgrade to Tyros3’ – deals with some of the concerns voiced by players considering upgrading to Tyros3 from a PSR9000, Tyros or Tyros2. It is available to download from the official Yamaha Tyros3 website at www.music-tyros.com
Other downloads available include:
Yamaha Tyros3 File Converter (converts files from Tyros2 for use in Tyros3)
MEGAEnhancer – version 1.2 (converts non-MegaVoice enhanced style data)

• Page 26: Little Diamond
Glyn Madden rounds up his series on this popular theatre organ software with an illustrated guide to loading the software to the hard-drive and adding MIDI pedals to complete the set-up.

For more information on the products:
Ultimate Edition (Diamond edition + upgrade) The original collection.
Wizard Compton. Full stereo theatre organ voices sampled from Byron Jones’ ‘Wizard’ Compton Theatre Organ.
Theatre Magic Six ‘high definition’ theatre organ samples. Recorded in full stereo these rich beautiful theatre organ voices can be used either as a self contained package or added to previous collections.

• Page 29: Notebook (Your letters & emails)
Topics include…
o Tutorial DVDs – Dave Dearmer can’t get the transpose to record onto the song track.
o Famous Names – Harry Lewis couldn’t find the ‘Famous Names’ registrations on the Regi-Stick Classic.
o Encore Music Notation – Gordon Campbell disagrees with Janet and thinks Encore is the best music score writing package. Take a look for yourself at: Encore
o Tribute to Ken Outram. Glyn pays tribute to one of his music heros… Ken Outram
o A Tough Lesson: Back-up the contents of your user files.
o Getting The Balance Right: Balancing the accompaniment and melody volumes.


• Have you visited our on-line shop yet? You can now order software, accessories, CDs and DVDs on-line. James Woodcock has provided a beginners guide for those new to Internet shopping.

• Yamaha Club Weekend 2009
We have found a little gem in the shape of the Oxford Belfry Hotel…
Join us there for our 2009 Yamaha Club Weekend 23-26th October.
Visit the Oxford Belfry website…

Glyn Madden

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