Yamaha Club Magazine: April – May 2014


As winter gives way to spring our attention inevitably begins to turn towards the garden – so, hoping to tempt you back to your keyboards, here’s our latest collection of music, workshops, hints and tips.

Subscribe to Yamaha Club Magazine
Subscribe, or renew your subscription, today and we’ll post a copy direct to your door.

Download a free sample copy…
Although the Yamaha Club Magazine is delivered to subscribers as a glossy, full colour publication, you can download a sample back-edition now in pdf format.

Read on for more information about the items contained in the latest issue…

Members Area

The Yamaha Club archive, housed in our ‘Members Area‘, is updated on a regular basis and contains a wealth of material dating back many years (as well as new items pertaining to this specific issue). To gain access to this area after 1st April 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).

Workshops & Features

• Playing Songs with Style

An introduction to a new series that combines a simple arranger keyboard workshop (for all Yamaha arranger keyboards) with a ‘pocket change’ collection of Music Finder download files for the Tyros5.
Find ‘EKL The Thirties’ (Music Finder download for Tyros5)
Find ‘EKL The Fifties’ (Music Finder download for Tyros5)

• Getting Started

More tips for setting up a new keyboard/Clavinova.

• Roger Hagarty’s Workshop – part 37

In part 37 of his popular series for all Yamaha arranger keyboards and CVP series Clavinovas, Roger moves onto the ‘Filter’ page as he reveals more of the Mixing Console’s secrets.
Visit Roger’s Music, Nottingham

• Heather Hammond’s “Twiddly Bits” – part 4

‘Midnight Waltzin’ is another great composition for would-be jazzers – complete with performance and tuition notes by teacher/composer Heather Hammond.
Find more music by Heather Hammond

• Tyros5 – Below the Surface

News and ideas for Tyros5 owners – including details of the latest firmware upgrade.
Find the Tyros5-/76/61 Firmware Update

• CVP – Close-up & Personal:

Part 5: Yamaha UK demonstrator Richard Bower continues a series exclusively for owners of CVP605/609 ‘touch-screen’ Clavinovas with advice on ‘Registrations’.

• Arranging Songs from the Easy Keyboard Library – part 7

Glyn Madden’s in-depth workshop for the sightly more experienced player. Each workshop is based on a piece of music from the Easy Keyboard Library series.
Find the ‘Songs from the Easy Keyboard Library’ CDs that accompany this series in our online shop.
Volume 1 ; Volume 2

• Exploring Regi-stick – part 13

This issue has news of an Regi-stick upgrade for Tyros5 owners. It is specifically designed for those players who use MIDI bass pedals as part of their Tyros systems and solves the problem caused by the removal of the Library Load function from the Tyros5.

• Notes From The AR-Group

Peter Anderson from the ‘AR-Group’ begins to explore the organ’s Accompaniment Programmer.
Visit the AR-Group


• ‘Premium Software – ‘Celtic’

Leigh Wilbraham reviews Yamaha’s new Celtic software package for the Tyros4 and Tyros5 keyboards.

Find the ‘Celtic‘ software package

• ‘Music For You’ – Sheet Music Review

Janet Dowsett recommends another selection of music books for piano, organ and keyboard players.

Find ‘The Easy Jazz Standards Fake Book
Find ‘The Complete Keyboard Player Songbook 1 (New Edition)
Find ‘The Complete Keyboard Player Songbook 2 (New Edition)


News: News from in and around the Yamaha Club.

• Coffee-time Quiz – contributed by Beverley Coombes

“Strike Up The Band” is the theme of Beverley Coombes’ regular coffee time teaser.

• Notebook

A selection of your letters and emails to Yamaha Club Magazine

• The Club Shop

Buy and sell through our classified advert section.

Glyn Madden

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