Yamaha Club Magazine – December 2011/January 2012 edition

Our Christmas edition has been arriving at the homes of UK subscribers during the past week – so read on for information about what the latest issue contains and for links to associated downloads and web pages.

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Members Area

The Yamaha Club archive, housed in our ‘Members Area‘, contains a wealth of material dating back many years and it is updated on a regular basis. To gain access to this area enter the password published on page 4 of the December/January edition. Use upper or lower case characters (exactly as shown in the magazine).


• Notes from the AR-Group
Part 17: Peter Anderson from the AR-Group explores the AR Electone’s ‘drawbar’ organ section and introduces us to ‘flutes and tibias’.
The AR-Group (link)

• Easy Beat Music
The third piece in Penny Weedon’s ‘Easy-Beat’ collection is a composition called ‘The Cradle Kid’ which was inspired by the youngest member of her family.
Access the Members’ Area for MIDI/Audio backing track and performance files (link)

• Roger Hagarty’s Workshop
Part 23: Are the One Touch Settings not quite to your liking? Roger Hagarty explains how you can ‘tweak’ the existing settings and create new OTS for your instrument.


• It’s Christmas
Glyn Madden will be joined by top players Richard Bower and James Sargeant when he plays his final Christmas charity concert in his home town of Dronfield. This year the concert is in support of the D.A.R.E. programme of drug awareness and resistance education for children.

Autumn Collection: The Clavinova CLP430WH & PSR-A2000 keyboard are added to Yamaha’s autumn collection.

• Coffee-time quiz
Our regular musical coffee-time teaser – contributed by Beverley Coombes.

• Yamaha Club Weekend
We review the recent event in Oxford and look forward to October 2012 when the Yamaha Club Weekend moves to a new home at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel near Daventry.

• Virtual Pipe Organs
Popular organist Michael Wooldridge joins us to tell readers of Yamaha Club Magazine about the rising popularity of the ‘virtual’ pipe organ – and its significance to owners of Yamaha instruments.
Visit our online shop for details of Michael’s CD ‘Virtualoso’ – recorded on the ‘Paramount’ Virtual Theatre Organ.

• DVD: Richard Bower – Close Up with Tyros4
A DVD capturing the demonstration programme of Yamaha UK demonstrator Richard Bower has been released and is currently being distributed to the customers of selected Yamaha dealers.

• Dancing with Carol
Following the release of her latest strict-tempo CD, dance music specialist Carol Bradbury answers some frequently asked questions on the subject of playing for dancing.

• A-Z of Yamaha Keyboards
Part 12: More Yamaha keyboard terminology explained by Steve Selwood in his A-Z guide. Steve’s latest CD is available from the Yamaha Club shop (link)

• Notebook
A selection of your letters and emails to Yamaha Club Magazine.

• The Club Shop
Buy and sell through our classified advert section.


• Organ Sounds for Tyros
Glyn Madden reviews new theatre and classical organ sample voice collections for Tyros2, Tyros3 and Tyros4 keyboards.
Find ‘Tower Power’ samples for Tyros3 and Tyros4 in our online shop (Link)

• ‘Music For You’ – Sheet Music Review
London College examiner Janet Dowsett offers another selection of music for keyboards.
1. The Gig Book – Christmas Songs (link)
2. The Big Book of Piano Songs (link)
3. EZ Play Today – 219 Christmas Songs with 3 Chords (link)

• DVD Review
Play-along Learn To Play Keyboard 1 (link)

Advertisers featured in the December / January edition

Roger’s Music Ltd. (Nottingham)
Millington Music (Sheffield)
Sounds For Keys (On-line)
Strawberry Music (On-line)
TRX Tyros Organ Systems (On-line)

Glyn Madden

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