As the 21st Christmas edition of Yamaha Club Magazine drops through the mail boxes of Yamaha keyboard and Clavinova enthusiasts around the world I’d like to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers, past and present.
I also want to say a huge “thank you” to those who continue to support what is fast becoming one of a rare group of printed paper publications in our little corner of the music world. Let’s hope that 2017 turns out to be another great year for our hobby and for Yamaha Club.
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Members Area / Archive
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Workshops & Tutorials
• Keyboard Workshop: Playing The Keyboard In The Style Of A Church Organ
Are you ready for the festive carol sing? We show how to play your keyboard/Clavinova in the style of a church organ…
• Keyboard Workshop: Christmas Brass
Glyn Madden uses the Tyros5’s Ensemble voices to create a brass band for Christmas.
• Variety is the spice… with Penny Weedon FLCM ARCO LGSM
In this popular series Penny Weedon shows how we can use a favourite piece of music as a theme – and then add our own variations. This month Penny explains how handicrafts can inspire a special musical arrangement for Christmas.
Visit Penny at her website – ‘Weedon Music’
Download a free MIDI and/or MP3 AUDIO file of Penny playing her arrangement of ‘A Winter Patchwork Quilt’.
• Gill Eccles’ Guide To Reading Music – part 12
Picking up a subject that was raised during her workshop at the Hellidon Lakes weekend, Gill Eccles discusses the importance of adopting the correct posture when playing a keyboard.
• Playing Songs with Style – part 13
The Little Drummer Boy is Glyn Madden’s Christmas workshop – based on the arrangement published in the ever popular Easy Keyboard Library music series.
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Reviews & Features
• The Yamaha Club Weekend
Richard Bower looks back at the Yamaha Club Weekend with a full review of October’s get-together at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel in Northamptonshire.
View Daniel Watt’s Yamaha Club Weekend Photo Collection:
View Richard Snell’s Photo Collection:
A selection of photos taken during workshop sessions and in the ‘late night’ bar.
View Roger Sandford’s ‘Late Bar’ Photo Collection:
A selection of photos taken in the ‘late night’ bar.
• Stocking Fillers: CD Reviews
We have new CD releases on Tyros5 and Clavinova CVP709 from Daniel Watt and Carol Bradbury.
• Music Apps
This month Yamaha Club member Lorraine Collier tells us about ‘Piano Diary’ an app produced by Yamaha Corporation.
• ‘Music For You’ – Sheet Music Review
This month Janet Dowsett reviews ‘It’s Easy To Play The Sixties’ published by Wise Publications.
Find ‘Creative Keyboard Christmas Songs’ at The Music People
• Stocking Fillers: Tutorial DVDs
• Glyn Madden’s Christmas Collection
A few ideas for your Christmas set list. Each Christmas Collection song title comes with suggestions for an appropriate style and registration(s).
• Yamaha News
The Yamaha Club Weekend at Hellidon Lakes.
A selection of your letters and emails to Yamaha Club Magazine
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