Yamaha Club Magazine: February / March 2012 edition

Our first edition of 2012 is packed, as always, with workshops, innovations and new ideas to whet the musical appetite of the Yamaha keyboard and Clavinova enthusiast. Read on for information about what the latest issue contains and for links to associated downloads and web pages.

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• Notes from the AR-Group
Part 18: Peter Anderson focuses on the Electone’s sustain and reverb fetures.
The AR-Group (link)

• Easy Beat Music
The inspiration for Penny Weedon’s ‘Easy-Beat’ composition this month is her great niece – ‘Little Miss Shades’. Chord charts and performance notes are provided.
Access the Members’ Area for MIDI/Audio backing track and performance files (link)

• Roger Hagarty’s Workshop
Part 25: Roger Hagarty (of ‘Roger’s Music’, Nottingham) has some ideas about how to organise styles in your keyboard/Clavinova – so that you can find your favourites quickly. Visit ‘Roger’s Music’ (link)

• Exploring Regi-Stick
The Tyros Regi-Sticks are the most popular items in the Yamaha Club software collection. In a new series Glyn Madden takes a closer look at this useful addition to your keyboard. Regi-Stick is available from the Yamaha Club online shop for Tyros2, Tyros3 and Tyros4.

• Keyboard Magic
Making registrations is always fun and in this edition of ‘Keyboard Magic’ we hark back to the ‘golden days’ of the dance band to create a sax ensemble setting in the Joe Loss style.


• We are now taking bookings for Yamaha Club Weekend 2012
We’re hoping you’ll join us at our fabulous new venue in Northamptonshire for the 2012 Yamaha Club Weekend. A host of stars from the organ and keyboard world will be in attendance to play for you – and Yamaha technicians and teachers will be on hand with a series of workshops to show you everything you need to know about playing a Yamaha keyboard.

• Music Desk Extension Brackets
When David Berry created some extension brackets to bring the music desk of his Tyros 1 a little closer he could have had no idea how popular the idea would become. With extension brackets currently available for all Tyros keyboard models David has now added PSR-S models to the list. Extension Brackets (link)

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

• Changing Times
We review our database to gauge shifting trends within Yamaha Club. We find out which instruments are now the most popular… and take a look at how the overall picture has changed since this time last year.

• Profile: Introducing Ian House
Keyboard player and organist Ian House is the ‘new kid on the block’ at Yamaha UK and he’s already making a big impression. We meet up with Ian to find out about his career so far and the people who have influenced it… Ian House (link)

• A-Z of Yamaha Keyboards
Part 13: 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.


• ‘Music For You’ – Sheet Music Review
London College examiner Janet Dowsett offers a selection of ‘easy to read’ and ‘easy to play’ music for keyboards.
1. Easiest Keyboard Collection – Huge Chart Hits (link)
2. Easiest Keyboard Collection – Pop Classics (link)
3. Easiest Keyboard Collection – Broadway (link)

• Musical Novelties
As St. Valentine’s Day approaches Janet Dowsett has some gift suggestions – for him and for her. Music gifts – Jewellery (link) – Metronomes (link)

Advertisers featured in the February / March edition

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

Glyn Madden

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