Yamaha Club Magazine: August / September edition

The August/September edition of Yamaha Club Magazine is on its way to subscribers and, as always, it’s packed with news, reviews, software, music and step-by-step tutorials.

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• New Series: Tips From The Top

Part 1: Drawing on feedback from the Yamaha Club’s latest tutorial DVDs, Glyn Madden introduces a new series of Tips From The Top. The original series inspired many of the topics covered by the first two volumes of the ‘Tips’ workshop DVD.

Tips From The Top – Volume 1 is available from the Yamaha Club online shop. (Compatible with PSR1000-3000 ; PSR-S700-S910 ; Tyros1-4 ; CVP200/300/400/500 series Clavinovas.)
Tips From The Top – Volume 2 is available from the Yamaha Club online shop. (Compatible with PSR1000-3000 ; PSR-S700-S910 ; Tyros1-4 ; CVP200/300/400/500 series Clavinovas.)

• Exploring Regi-Stick
Part 4: Glyn Madden wraps up the topic of using the Regi-sticks with MIDI bass pedals.
Regi-Sticks are available from the Yamaha Club online shop for Tyros2, Tyros3 and Tyros4.

• Notes From The AR-Group
Part 20: The AR-Group’s Peter Anderson explains how Melody-on-Chord has evolved and how we use it.
The AR-Group (link)

• New Series: Easy Beat Music
We welcome the return of Michael Farrar with a new series of ‘Easy-Beats’. His first contribution, ‘Majestic Land’, reflects on the pageantry of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
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 28: A recently introduced (and often overlooked) feature called OTS INFO is the subject of Roger’s workshop this time.
Visit ‘Roger’s Music’ (link)


• News
News from round and about in the world of Yamaha music making.

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

• New Series: Playing Songs with Style
A new series in which we match the accompaniment styles housed in your Yamaha keyboard/Clavinova to song suggestions based on popular music books.
This time: ‘Big Band Hits’ and ‘Instrumental Classics’.

• Steve Selwood’s A-Z of the Yamaha Keyboard
Steve Selwood continues to work his way through the Yamaha ‘dictionary’ as he explains keyboard terminology beginning with the letter ‘L’
Steve’s new CD ‘A Taste of Honey’ (featuring Tyros3, Tyros4 and CVP409 Clavinova) is available from the on-line shop.

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

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


• Strawberry Music Software
Software producer Neil Blake gives an overview of his latest releases in which he recreates, for Yamaha keyboard players, some of the most popular styles from the Technics KN7000.

• Finale SongWriter 2012
Janet Dowsett of the London College of Music shares her experience of this new computer-based software.
Finale SongWriter 2012 is available from The Music People

• On The Record
We have new recordings on audio CD from Howard Beaumont and Andrew Varley.
‘That’s Amore’ by Howard Beaumont.
‘Time On My Hands’ by Andrew Varley is available from the Yamaha Club shop.

• ‘Music For You’ – Sheet Music Review
Janet Dowsett offers another selection of music for keyboard players.

1. Hit Session Keyboard
2. 100 Years – 100 Songs
3. It’s Easy To Play Roy Orbison

Advertisers featured in the August / September edition

Roger’s Music Ltd.
Bygone Tunes
Strawberry Music

Glyn Madden

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