Yamaha Club Magazine: June / July 2013 edition

mag_june_13Our latest edition is now on its way to subscribers and, assuming they can drag themselves away from the garden at this time of year, they will find another collection of news, reviews, software, music and step-by-step tutorials for the Yamaha keyboard and Clavinova enthusiast.

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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 after 1st June 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

‘Hawaiian Breeze ’ is the title of the sixth and final composition in Michael Farrar’s current series. 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

In part 33 of his ever popular series, Roger reminds us about some of the things we often miss when we open the box of a new instrument. Visit ‘Roger’s Music’

• Exploring Regi-stick – part 8

Glyn’s concentrating on the Classical Organ sounds in the latest chapter of a series about Regi-Stick software. Find the Regi-stick in our online shop.
Regi-stick Plus (for Tyros2) ; RS3 (for Tyros3) ; RS4 (for Tyros4)

• Vocal Harmony – part 3

Geoff Norman, (a.k.a. singer/keyboard player ‘Just Jeff’) rounds off his mini-series about the Vocal Harmony feature with a list of song suggestions and appropriate harmony settings.

• Arranging Songs – part 2

Glyn Madden gives a step-by-step guide to how he built the arrangement of ‘Till’ on his ‘Songs from the Easy Keyboard Library – Volume2’ CD. Find the ‘Songs from the Easy Keyboard Library’ CDs that accompany this series in our online shop.
Volume 1 ; Volume 2

• Notes From The AR-Group – part 26

In this chapter, Peter Anderson of the AR-Group takes a closer look at the AR Electone’s assignable Keyboard Percussion feature.
Visit the AR-Group


• News

Glyn Madden celebrates 40 years of playing Yamaha instruments and reflects on some of the changes he’s seen.
Watch the video promoting Glyn’s new CD ‘Reflections’ and listen to track samples.

Yamaha introduces a new range of nearfield studio quality powered monitors – specially designed for the home studio.
Visit Yamaha’s website for more information

A free Voice Guide update is introduced for CVP-605 and CVP-609 Clavinovas to help visually impaired.
Visit the Yamaha website to download the Voice Guide upgrade.

• Coffee-time Quiz – contributed by Beverley Coombes

The big hats will be out in force for Royal Ascot and Beverley’s quiz this month continues this theme – appropriately titled ‘A Day At The Races’

• Playing Songs with Style

Here is a selection of style and registration suggestions to go with music from the Easy Keyboard Library – ‘The Seventies’ sheet music album.
Find ‘The Seventies’ at The Music People

• Steve Selwood’s A-Z of the Yamaha Keyboard

Steve Selwood continues his way through the alphabet of Yamaha terminology.
Steve’s CD ‘A Taste of Honey’ (featuring Tyros3, Tyros4 and CVP409 Clavinova) is available from the on-line shop.

• Total Transformation Technology

T.T.T.’s acclaimed theatre organ samples are available for Yamaha’s Tyros models. Reg Rawlings, of T.T.T. reveals the latest software and price updates.

• 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

Janet Dowsett offers another selection of music for keyboard players.

  • Really Easy Piano – Motown Hits
  • Keyboard Cocktails – Sing-along
  • It’s Easy To Play James Bond
  • • On The Record

    Something old, something new… ‘Old hand’ Glyn Madden reflects on forty years of making music with a selection of music both old and new – played on instruments produced during that time. Meanwhile, ‘new kid on the block’ Ian House makes his debut on CD with a recording of his popular concert material. Watch the video promoting Glyn’s new CD ‘Reflections’ and listen to track samples.

    • Soundpacks Software – The Great Cinema Organ

    Glyn Madden spends some time playing sounds from a new ‘Soundpacks’ cinema organ software package.

    Glyn Madden

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