Yamaha Club Magazine: February / March 2013 edition

The first edition of 2013 is now available and winging its way to subscribers. As always it’s filled with interesting news and articles to whet the appetites of Yamaha keyboard and Clavinova enthusiasts.

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Read on for more information about the items of news, reviews, software, music and step-by-step tutorials contained in the latest issue…

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 ‘Shadows’ style contribution from Michael Farrar to start the new year. Chord charts and performance notes are included – as are MIDI/Audio files which are provided free to download, giving both a demonstration of the full performance and a play-along backing track.
Access the Members’ Area of our website for the MIDI/Audio backing track and performance files.

• Roger Hagarty’s Workshop – part 31
Part 31: Roger shows how to have fun with photos as he edits and resizes his Christmas snaps and displays them on the keyboard’s screen. You can do this if you have any Tyros model – or Clavinova CVP200 or later.
Visit ‘Roger’s Music’

• Exploring Regi-stick – part 6
Glyn Madden continues his guide to the Tyros Regi-stick… with another selection of helpful suggestions for getting the full benefit from this popular software.
Find the Regi-stick in our online shop. Regi-stick Plus (for Tyros2) ; RS3 (for Tyros3) ; RS4 (for Tyros4)

• Vocal Harmony – part 1
Following a flurry of letters in our postbag page about the Vocal Harmony feature, Geoff Norman, (a.k.a. singer/keyboard player ‘Just Jeff’) takes up the challenge to present a helpful guide for would-be vocalists.

• Notes From The AR-Group – part 23
Peter Anderson of the AR-Group has advice for recording a performance using the AR Electone’s MDR recorder.
Visit the AR-Group


• News
It’s all change for the Yamaha Club Weekend as we head back to The Hellidon Lakes Hotel for our 2013 get-together in October.
Check-out the Hellidon Lakes Hotel

• Coffee-time Quiz – contributed by Beverley Coombes
The theme for Beverley’s quiz this time is the music of the Bond films…

• Playing Songs with Style
With Valentine’s Day coming up we have a selection of style and registration suggestions to go with music from the Easy Keyboard Library – ‘Love Songs’ album. Also some favourites from a new EKL book – ‘At The Movies’. All the music is published in the popular Easy Keyboard Library music book series.
This time: ‘At The Movies’ and ‘Love Songs’

Find Glyn Madden’s Tyros4 CD ‘Songs from the Easy Keyboard Library’ in our online shop. It’s based on songs from the Easy Keyboard Library (so everyone has access to the sheet music) but, as you’d expect, there’s a bit of a twist in the arrangements.

• Steve Selwood’s A-Z of the Yamaha Keyboard
Steve Selwood is working his way through the alphabet of Yamaha terminology – and he’s up to 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.


• CVP-600 Touchscreen Technology
In a six-page special review James Woodcock takes a closer look at the touchscreen technology incorporated in the new Clavinova CVP-605 and CVP-609 models.
Find out more about the CVP-600 Series Clavinovas

• PSR-S950
Liam Strutt joins the Yamaha Club team with a review of the PSR-S950 mid-range keyboard.
Find out more about the PSR-S950

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

  • The Easy Keyboard Library – ‘At The Movies’
  • Keyboard Cocktails – ‘Marches’
  • Sunday Love Songs
  • Glyn Madden

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