Yamaha Club Magazine: October/November edition 2016

mag_oct_16It’s the start of October and, with only three weeks to go to our annual Yamaha Club Weekend, everything’s coming together for another fabulous get-together with our members. It’s also time to come indoors and put in some extra hours on the keyboard – perfecting your party pieces in time for the oncoming festive season. If you’re coming to Hellidon Lakes we hope you have a great time with us and return home bursting with musical ideas to try out. Do come and say “hello”.

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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 October 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

Glyn Madden is exploring the Theatre Organ section of the Tyros5’s ‘Organ World’ feature with a few ideas for making your own ‘Wurlitzer Mixes’.

• CVP – Up Close & Personal

Putting together registration settings for a concert is something Yamaha artist Richard Bower knows all about. In this issue he shares some of his top tips for a top performance…

• Jackie Marsden’s Here To Help

Fresh from the ‘Xperts Tour’ Yamaha UK’s Jackie Marsden addresses some of the topics she is frequently asked about during her travels as a demonstrator… and explains how to make a control track that will cause your keyboard to change the buttons automatically as you play.

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

In this series Penny Weedon shows how we can use a favourite piece of music as a theme – and then add our own variations. Today she demonstrates how to spice up an arrangement by creating a musical ‘mirror image’ of a well known tune.

Visit Penny at her website – ‘Weedon Music’

Download a free MIDI and/or MP3 AUDIO file of Penny playing her arrangement of ‘Reflection on Greensleeves’.

• 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 we’re re-living the days of the big band and Glenn Miller with ‘Moonlight Serenade’.

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

• Gill Eccles’ Guide To Reading Music – part 11

Using the information she’s provided in the series so far, our resident teacher Gill Eccles shows how to use this to work out appropriate chords to a piece of music…

Reviews & Features

• V-Console (a new software product by John Beesley)

Following an announcement in the last issue, V-Console, the brain child of John Beesley from Tyros Magic, is finally here. After two years of development you can now enjoy what it has to offer for yourself…

Watch a demonstration of V-Console by John Beesley

• ‘Music For You’ – Sheet Music Review

In preparation for the festive season, Janet Dowsett has selected a book of ‘Creative Keyboard Christmas Songs’ (published by Wise Publications) for our October/November edition.

Find ‘Creative Keyboard Christmas Songs’ at The Music People

• ‘On The Record’ – CD Reviews

CD: ‘Time’ by Kelvin Eames – Featuring Yamaha HX System 4 Electone and PSR-450.

Find the CD ‘Time’ at Kelvin Eames Music website


• 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: Music Finder Download: EKL Cole Porter (Tyros5)
  • Find: Music Finder Download: EKL Frank Sinatra (Tyros5)
  • Find: Music Finder Download: EKL Glenn Miller (Tyros5)
  • • Glyn Madden’s Spooky Song List

    It’s Halloween – so here are a few ideas for your set list. Each song title comes with suggestions for an appropriate style and registrations

    • 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)