Yamaha Club Magazine: December 2012 / January 2013 edition

The Christmas edition of the Yamaha Club Magazine has already begun to land in the mailboxes of subscribers – so I’m updating our news page a little earlier than usual. Needless to say, the magazine contains lots of fabulous musical stuff to keep the Yamaha player in your family occupied over the holidays.

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As always, the magazine is packed with news, reviews, software, music and step-by-step tutorials…


Before you all email me to point out the mistake, the correct dates for next year’s Yamaha Club Weekend event are 25th–28th October 2013. Our Christmas edition is somewhat confusing as, although we’ve given the correct dates on page 2, the weekend seems to have moved to 25th–28th November by page 6. Apologies for this. Obviously we need to sack the proof reader… oh, that’ll be me then.

You may also be interested to hear that we received a phone call from Q-Hotels to say the event won’t be held at the Oxford Belfry as advertised, but at Hellidon Lakes as in 2012 (which is what we asked for in the first place!).

It isn’t boring is it? Keep an eye on the ‘News’ pages for further updates as we receive them.

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 use the password that is published on page 4 of the latest edition of the magazine. Use upper or lower case characters (exactly as shown).


• Easy Beat Music
We have a seasonal contribution from Michael Farrar. ‘Festive Fun comes with chord charts and performance notes – and MIDI/Audio files are provided for free download to give a demonstration of the full performance and a play-along backing track.
Access the Members’ Area for the MIDI/Audio backing track and performance files (link)

• Roger Hagarty’s Workshop
Part 30: Transposing a SONG/MIDI file. Roger explains how to link transposition settings and a ‘Song’ file to a set of registrations so that the song is called up in a key you feel comfortable to play along.
Visit ‘Roger’s Music’ (link)

• Tips From The Top
Part 3: We’re looking at the expressive qualities of the Super Articulation voices – and how far technology has advanced since the first ‘special’ Sweet voices were introduced on the PSR8000.

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.)

• Play Your Chords Right
The second part of Yamaha demonstrator Ian House’s explanation of the theory behind the Ai (Artificial Intelligence) chord fingering system.

• Notes From The AR-Group
Part 23: The AR-Group’s Peter Anderson looks at how MDR files are named.
Visit the AR-Group (link)


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

• Christmas Coffee-time quiz
A special Christmas coffee-time teaser – contributed by Beverley Coombes.

• Playing Songs with Style
This series is attracting quite a lot of attention from readers of Yamaha Club Magazine. For the third in the series we have suggestions for 1960s music and, yes – you guessed it, some Christmas songs. All the music is available in the popular Easy Keyboard Library music book series.
This time: ‘Christmas Songs’ and ‘The Sixties’.

• Steve Selwood’s A-Z of the Yamaha Keyboard
Steve Selwood continues to work his way through the alphabet of Yamaha terminology with the letter ‘M’
Steve’s 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.


• The Yamaha Club Weekend
Pictorial review of the fabulous weekend at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel in October. Many of our guests have rated it the best ever – and I think they may be right.

• On The Record
Glyn Madden’s new CD is a bit different from his usual releases. It’s based on songs from the Easy Keyboard Library (so everyone can get the music) but, of course, this is Glyn so there’s a bit of a twist in the arrangements.
Find out more about this CD in the ‘Club Shop’

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

  • Really Easy Piano – Bumper Christmas Book
  • The Easy Childrens Fake Book
  • EZ Play Today – The Love Songs of Elton John
  • Advertisers featured in the December/January edition

    Roger’s Music Ltd.
    Millington Music

    Glyn Madden

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