Yamaha Club Magazine – February / March 2010

mag_feb_10The February/March edition of Yamaha Club Magazine is already arriving at the homes of our enthusiastic group of readers. As always, several articles contained in the magazine are tied to related items and software featured on our website. Read on for a list of the content – and links to the appropriate web pages.

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What’s new in this edition..?

• New Password to Members Only area
Don’t forget, the password changes each time a new edition of the magazine is published – and it has now changed to the one provided on page 4 of the Feb/March issue. To enter the ‘Members Area‘ just type the current password as shown into the box provided. The new password must be entered in upper case characters (as shown in the magazine).

• Page 5: Club News

o The Yamaha Personal Keyboard Owner website celebrates five years online support for keyboard enthusiasts. .
o The first Tyros Traditionale style cabinet is delivered in the UK.
o Yamaha Club’s Christmas Concert – and our competition winner is announced

• Page 6: A-Z of the Yamaha Keyboard (by Steve Selwood)
Steve begins a new series in which he describes the features of the Yamaha keyboard in an A-Z guide. His album, ‘Electricity‘, recorded using Yamaha keyboards and Clavinovas, is available from the Yamaha Club shop.

• Page 8: Easy-Beat Music: Six Of The Best (by Penny Weedon)
Penny Weedon’s music workshop series draws to a close with her final ‘Easy-play’ composition, ‘Mood Indigone’. MIDI file and Audio performances of the piece are available to download from our ‘Members Area’ (Link).

• Page 10: Brian Turner’s Sing-along (by Brian Turner – member)
When Yamaha Club member Brian Turner offered to write a mini-series especially for those interested in using the microphone facility now available on many models in the Yamaha keyboard and Clavinova range, our readers were keen for us to take up his invitation. In this edition Brian sets out the basics…

• Page 12: EL X-plorer (Alex Payler)
Electone player Alex Payler introduces newcomers to the EL’s ‘Horizontal Touch’ (Horizon) and gives some useful suggestions for its use.
Click here to visit Alex’s website.

• Page 16: Roger Hagarty’s Workshop
In part 13 of his series Roger delves a little further into the functions of the Clavinova and/or keyboard’s footswitch/footpedals.

• Page 20: DVD Review
Yamaha Club Tutorial DVD: ‘Basic Sequencing – Recording with Song Creator’.
Glyn Madden presents the third DVD in the ‘Playing Yamaha’ tutorial series. This time he explains the ‘Record’ and ‘Song Creator’ functions. This is an ideal guide for anyone wanting to start making recordings with their keyboard or Clavinova.
Click here for more information, or to order this product online.

KeyPlay4U DVD: ‘Registrations – A Common Sense Guide’.
Janet Dowsett presents a general (i.e. non-Yamaha specific) DVD on the subject of creating registrations.
Click here for more information, or to order this product online.

• Page 21: Music For You (by Janet Dowsett)
Janet Dowsett introduces another three music books (with discount prices for Yamaha Club members).
o E-Z Play Today 14 – Imagine
o TV Detective Themes
o The Complete Keyboard Player – Jazz & Blues

• Page 22: Notes From The AR-Group
More ideas for AR Electone organ owners, based on material provided by The AR-Group. This month the group discusses how, when making a recording, registrations and voices can be transferred between AR100 and AR80 Electone models.

• Page 24: Keyboard Performer (by Tony Ross)
Part 23: In the latest chapter of his on-going series for players of all keyboards and Clavinovas Tony returns to the subject of building an arrangement and explains how to choose sounds and make easy edits to the accompaniment styles.

• Page 29: Fairground Organ & Theatre Additions (Software from T.T.T.)
Software producer ‘Total Transformation Technology’ have just released their latest collection of samples for the Tyros3 keyboard. This time they turn their attention to the sound of the Fairground Organ with some useful theatre organ additions thrown in for good measure.
Click here for more information, or to order this product online.

Hear the fairground organ sounds for yourself…

  • Demo 1: Fairground 4/4 Medley
  • Demo 2: Fairground Quick Waltz Medley
  • Listen to T.T.T.’s Reg Rawlings putting the new software through its paces. The demonstrations are played totally live (no multi-tracking) using the Fairground Organ software in conjunction with Tyros3.

    • Page 30: Notebook

    Topics include:
    o AR Electone to Tyros2 keyboard MIDI setup.
    o Brian Turner’s Sing-along mini series.
    o Online tuition.
    o Two keyboard combination.
    o Viv Marshall’s CD for Africa (report & thanks).
    o Internet connections.
    o Yamaha Club and the EL Electone.
    o Tyros Traditionale.
    o Yamaha Club tutorial DVDs.
    o Living in a ‘throw-away world’.

    Glyn Madden

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