Yamaha Club Magazine: June / July edition 2016

mag_june_16It’s June and the summer holidays are just beginning. If you’re heading for the sun, don’t forget to pack this latest edition of the Yamaha Club Magazine. Hopefully you’ll find it a good read and you’ll return with batteries fully re-charged and brains brimming with musical ideas to try out on your keyboard when you get home.

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Members Area / Archive

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 June 2016 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

• From The Beginning: Making Music Straight Away

The basics of Yamaha keyboards… If you want to make music straight away this explains why the One Touch Setting and Music Finder features are the ideal place to start.

• From The Beginning: Starting To Work With Registrations

If you find a sound that you like you can keep it, safe inside the instrument, to call up again whenever you want to use it. The place where this and other sounds that you want to keep are stored is called the REGISTRATION MEMORY.

• CVP – Up Close & Personal

Richard Bower has some good ideas to expand the range of your One Touch Settings – by creating a bank of ‘favourite’ sounds to use with every accompaniment style.

• Jackie Marsden’s Here To Help

This month, Jackie takes a little step backwards to look at some of the basics of setting up our keyboards and Clavinovas – and offers some of the helpful tips that should pave the way for a better musical performance.

• Variety is the spice… with Penny Weedon FLCM ARCO LGSM

In part 1 of thbis new series Penny ‘pruned’ a fast piece of music to produce a variation on a theme. In part 2, she’s doing the opposite – adding notes to a slow piece of music.

Visit Penny at her website – ‘Pentone Music’
Download a free MIDI and/or MP3 AUDIO file of Penny playing her arrangement of ‘Twiddly Largo’.

• Playing Songs with Style – part 12

In this series Glyn Madden offers easy to follow, easy to play, arranger workshops based on song arrangements published
in the ‘Easy Keyboard Library’. In this issue – ‘Summer Holiday’.

Subscribers can email glyn@yamaha-club.co.uk for an mp3 file of the finished project.

• Gill Eccles’ Guide To Reading Music – part 8

In this edition our resident teacher, Gill Eccles, takes a look at seventh chords.

Reviews & Features

• Music

‘Till We Meet Again My Love’, a gentle German ballad style composition by Leigh Wilbraham.

• Software: MIDI Spot

Phil Leader introduces MIDI Spot (www.midispot.com) and tells the story of how one of the best known on-line Yamaha software producers began..

Visit www.midispot.com to discover the full range of MIDI and STYLE files.

• ‘Music For You’ – Sheet Music Review

For our June/July edition Janet Dowsett has selected a book of ‘Wedding Favourites’ published by Hal Leonard.

Find ‘Wedding Favourites’ at The Music People

• ‘On The Record’ – CD Reviews

CD: ‘My Music – Part 2’ by Steve Hubble – Featuring Yamaha Tyros3 with XPK100 MIDI pedals and M-Audio 61-ES MIDI controller keyboard.

Find ‘My Music – Part 2’ at Organ 1st

Find ‘My Music – Part 1’ at Organ 1st


• Yamaha News

Three new Music Finder software downloads are available for Tyros5. These downloads match an appropriate accompaniment Style and One Touch Setting to the following books from the Easy Keyboard Library Series.

  • Find: ‘Strictly Dance’
  • Find: ‘Easy Listening’
  • Find: ‘Cliff Richard’
  • • Notebook

    A selection of your letters and emails to Yamaha Club Magazine

    • The Club Shop

    Buy and sell through our classified ad’s section.

    Glyn Madden

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