Yamaha Club Magazine: August / September edition 2017

mag_aug_17The past couple of months have been very busy (away from Yamaha Club) but we’ve finally settled in our new home without too much disruption to the running of the magazine. For full details of all our new contact details click here.

If you spot our old contact details anywhere on our website please let me know so I can update them.
Meanwhile there’s lots to keep you busy in the latest edition of the club magazine with articles on everything from editing string sounds to using the Vocal Harmony feature. Read on for more information.

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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 August 2017 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

Fun with Intro’s & Endings (Glyn Madden)

Have you ever wished your keyboard’s accompaniment styles came with a wider selection of Intro’s and Endings? If so, you might like to try a solution that doesn’t involve dipping your hand in your pocket to buy a new style…

Listen to the result of the workshop…

Gill Eccles’ Guide To Reading Music – part 16

In this edition our resident music teacher, Gill Eccles, introduces ‘ornaments’… or, how the ‘twiddly bits’ are shown in a written piece of music.

Playing Songs with Style – part 19

Glyn Madden’s easy to follow, easy to play, arranger workshops are based on song arrangements published in the ‘Easy Keyboard Library’ music series. This time: ‘Love Me Tender’ (EKL – Love Songs Volume 2)

Subscribers can email glyn@yamaha-club.co.uk for an mp3 file of the complete finished project. Listen to an excerpt here…

Golden Strings…

Subtle changes, made via the VOICE SET function, can make a big difference to the character of a sound. After several readers commented on the string sounds we created in our last edition, here’s another way of editing existing voices for some romantic strings.

Subscribers can email glyn@yamaha-club.co.uk for an mp3 file of the complete finished project. Listen to an excerpt here…

Penny Pieces… with Penny Weedon FLCM ARCO LGSM

In the last edition I mentioned in passing how the piece ‘Walk to the Paradise Garden’ shared a feature with the slow movement of Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony… so I’ve chosen this very piece for my ‘Penny Pieces’ arrangement today.

  • Visit Penny at her website – ‘Weedon Music’

  • Download a free MIDI and/or MP3 AUDIO file of Penny playing her arrangement of ‘Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony (slow movement)’.
  • CVP – Up Close & Personal… with Richard Bower

    In part 23 of his current series Richard explains how he makes use of the online broadcast channel You Tube as a reference for two musical arrangements for touch-screen CVP Clavinovas. Here are links to the You Tube references he included…

  • The Shadows – Wonderful Land (1962 Stereo)
  • The Shadows – Wonderful Land (From ‘The Final Tour’ DVD)
  • Miles Davis – Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Miles Davis – So What
  • Reviews & Features

    Glyn Madden’s Seaside Songs

    August is here and it’s time to get out the deck chairs, put up the parasol (umbrella?) and spend a couple of hours contemplating your navel… when all you really want to do is get back indoors and make some wonderful music with your keyboard. Really? Anyway, just in case you do, here’s a dozen songs about the sea and the seaside with suggested styles and melody voices.

    Sheet Music Selection

    A handful of sunny titles to play out the summer…

  • 100 of the Best Songs Ever! For Keyboard
  • The Complete Keyboard Player: Book 4
  • Easiest Keyboard Collection: 60s Hits
  • Really Easy Keyboard – Summer Songs
  • The Easy Keyboard Library – Ballads
  • Sing From The Heart – Brian Turner

    Inspired, maybe, by the popularity of the Gareth Malone choir series on tv, Tyros5 owner Brian Turner is determined to get us singing… and he’s right, even if it’s not something you want to do in public – it is fun!



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    Glyn Madden

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