Yamaha Club Magazine – June / July 2009 edition

June / July 2009

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• Page 6: Overture & Beginners (Steve Selwood)
In part nine of his workshop series for Yamaha’s smaller instruments, Steve Selwood explains the importance of using the Style Variation buttons when building a musical arrangement with illustrations from one of his own compositions.

Listen to Steve’s own version of the song…
Spring – version A (original)
Spring – version B (using style variations)
Order Steve Selwood’s latest CD – ‘Electricity’

• Page 8: Roger Hagarty’s Workshop (Roger Hagarty)
Roger turns his attention to Music Finder with an illustrated guide to getting the most from this essential feature.
Update your Music Finder with the UK (non-cryptic) version – available from our website

• Page 11: Yamaha Club & YPKO Online (James Woodcock)
James Woodcock of YPKO invites you to…
o Check out the new Premium Styles for Yamaha keyboards and Clavinovas.
o Listen to demos of the new Premium Expansion Packs
o Find more information about the Forum Members’ get-together in Blackpool.

• Page 12: Easy-Beat Music: Six Of The Best (Penny Weedon)
Penny Weedon’s music workshop is based on her composition ‘A Pawn In The Game’.
MIDI file and Audio performances of the piece are available to download from our Members Area.

• Page 14: F.A.Q. (Steve Marsden)
In the June/July edition Steve focuses on accessories and recommends some Yamaha favourites…
o Headphones – Yamaha RH5MA
o Digital Recording – Yamaha Pocketrack 2G
o Speakers – Stagepas 300

• Page 16: EL X-plorer (Alex Payler)
In part seven of his series, Alex Payler takes on the EL series rhythm section – and shows us how to improve the patterns with a few simple ‘tweaks’.

• Page 20: New software from T.T.T.
Total Transformation Technology have been busy producing two new additions to their catalogue of organ samples. We look at…
o Theatre Magic – Volume 2
o Klaus Magic

• Page 20: Tutorial DVD Review – Learn to play Blues Piano 1 (Janet Dowsett)
Janet reviews another DVD in the popular piano tutorial series.
Learn to play Blues Piano 1 – A beginner’s guide to improvisation

• Page 21: Music For You (Janet Dowsett)
Janet Dowsett introduces another collection of music books (with discount prices for Yamaha Club members).
o Popular Piano Solos (Book 8 – Jazz)
o Budget Books: Broadway Songs (Easy Piano)
o Easiest Keyboard Collection (Love Songs)

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

• Page 24: Keyboard Performer (Tony Ross)
Part 20: Tony continues his multi-track recording in the Song Programmer. Now he uses the Step-write programmer to add section markers to the chord track he produced in the opening chapter.

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

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 28: Notebook (Your letters & emails)
Topics include…

o HomePlug Connections – Wi-fi your house using Homeplug connections.
o Owners Guides – More support for full owners manuals to be packaged with each instrument.
o Deleting unwanted recordings from the hard drive.
o Steve Lowdell – 1980s nostalgia
o Fault or design? The sync-start feature has been changed on Tyros3.
As we went to press an announcement was made
o Creating backing tracks using ‘Real Band’. Andrew Leitch shows what he’s achieved…
Days Of Wine and Roses (Andrew Leitch – CLP380 + ‘Real Band’ backing)
o D.I.Y. organ style case for two-tier Tyros system


• 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)