Yamaha Club Magazine: December 2015 / January 2016 Edition


Our last magazine of the year comes with best wishes for a “Very Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year” to all our readers

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Read on for lots more to see, hear and link to about items featured in our 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 October use the password that’s published on page 4 of the latest edition of the magazine. The password is case sensitive so be sure to enter it exactly as shown.

Workshops & Tutorials

• CVP – Up Close & Personal

In part 14 of his series for owners of Clavinova CVP-600 and CVP-700 touch-screen models, Richard Bower of KeyPlayer, Edinburgh, suggests some music for the festive season to match the CVP’s accompaniment styles.

• Roger Hagarty’s Workshop – part 46

Part 47: We say goodbye to Roger as he leaves the music industry to enjoy well-earned retirement. In the last chapter of a mammoth series that spans the last eight years Roger wraps up his article on recording.
Visit Roger’s Music, Nottingham

• Penny Classics

Penny’s choice for December is an arrangement of ‘Winter’ from ‘The Four Seasons’ by Antonio Vivaldi.
Visit Penny at her website – ‘Pentone Music’
Download a free MIDI and/or MP3 AUDIO file of Glyn Madden playing Penny’s arrangement.

• All About Multi Pads – part 4

In the final part of Phil Leader’s fascinating series about multi pads he rounds up by showing how to use the step-record facility to build multi pads from scratch.

Download/listen to Phil Leader’s multi pad examples from ‘All About Multi Pads – part 4’.

Pad 1 (MP3 format): Arp Harp
Pad 2 (MP3 format): Montuno Piano played to Samba style accompaniment

Phil’s Multi Pad bank:Multi Pad Bank – ‘ExamplePads’
(Download the file then copy and paste to Multi Pad User page)

• Playing Songs with Style – part 9

For his ninth workshop based on tunes from the ever popular ‘Easy Keyboard Library’ music books Glyn Madden has chosen the popular Christmas song ‘Silver Bells’ to illustrate why the ‘SplitPoint’ (that can be moved to partition the keyboard into several sections) is such a useful feature of both keyboards and Clavinovas.

• Gill Eccles’ Guide To Reading Music – part 6

Our resident teacher, Gill Eccles, turns her attention to to minor scales – and explains the theory behind their construction.

Reviews & Features

• A-Z of the Yamaha Keyboard

We reach the letter ‘U’ in our ‘A-Z’ guide to Yamaha keyboard terminology.

• ‘Minuet’ Amplification System for keyboards – by MJ Acoustics

Glyn Madden reviews the Minuet system in the MJ Acoustics range of luxury speakers for keyboards and Clavinovas.
Review of the ‘Concerto’ system (published April 2015)
Review of the ‘Minuet’ system (published December 2015)
Visit MJ Acoustics

• ‘Music For You’ – Sheet Music Review

Now’s the time to brush up on your repertoire of Christmas music – and maybe Janet Dowsett’s December choice is the place to start..
Buy the ‘Really Easy Piano – Bumper Christmas Book’

• The Yamaha Club Weekend – Buxton 2015

We look back at the Yamaha Club’s 2015 event in the beautiful Peak District ton of Buxton, Derbyshire. Next year we return to the fabulous Hellidon Lakes Hotel in Northamptonshire where the event will take place from 21st – 24th October 2016.
To book your place or, for more information, please contact Sceptre Promotions (tel: 01780 782093).


• Yamaha News

A round-up of news from in and around the Yamaha Club.

• Notebook

A selection of your letters and emails to Yamaha Club Magazine

• The Club Shop

Buy and sell through our classified ad’s section.

  • CD: ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ – Andrew Varley plays Tyros5
  • Easy Keyboard Library Music Finder software to download
  • Tyros5 Tutorial DVD: ‘Getting To Know Your Tyros5’ presented by Daniel Watt
  • Dust Covers for Tyros keyboards & Speakers
  • Glyn Madden

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