Yamaha Club Magazine: Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 edition

Merry Christmas everyone! It’s an exciting time for Yamaha keyboard enthusiasts and our final edition of 2017 is filled with news and reviews of the new Genos flagship model. We haven’t forgotten, however, that over 80% of our readers still own one of the Tyros models – so there’s still plenty of features and workshop items for these and the associated PSR-S instruments too.

To catch up with the latest developments, upgrades and listen to some of the great sounds of Genos why not visit Yamaha’s dedicated Genos Concept website. Then, learn how to use all the new features via our ongoing series of illustrated step-by-step workshops in Yamaha Club Magazine.

Our next magazine will be due in February 2018. Until then we wish you all the very best for a happy, healthy and musical New Year.

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 December 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.

In This Issue… (links to items mentioned in the magazine)


  • Genos – Getting Started: Setting up the new keyboard by installing the latest firmware update and Playlist settings. Also – how to convert Music Finder files for use in Playlist.

    Download the firmware 1.10 upgrade if necessary from the Yamaha UK website.

    Download the ‘Bonus Playlist for Genos from the Yamaha UK website (Scroll down to ‘Other Downloads’).

    Don’t forget that subscribers can send for our ‘Genos Starter Key’ with all the downloading done for you. See page 11 of the magazine for details.

  • Guide To Reading Music: Our resident teacher Gill Eccles concludes her explanation of the use of ‘dynamics’ to indicate the use of light and shade in music. Find the book ‘First Steps in Music Theory’ by Prof. Eric Taylor.
  • Penny Pieces: Download Penny Weedon’s own performance of her simplified arrangement, ‘Swan Lake – Part 1’ as published in her December workshop.
  • Playing Songs With Style: For an MP3 audio copy of the fished workshop please email glyn@yamaha-club.co.uk with ‘Away In A Manger’ in the subject line.
  • Software: New software for Yamaha keyboards and Clavinovas.

    Easy Keyboard Library Music Finder Complete Collection for Tyros5 (Yamaha Club)

    My Favourite Christmas Songs for Tyros5 (Yamaha Club)

    Strawberry Music Software

    Tyros Magic Software

  • Reviews & Features

  • Genos – First Impressions: Our first viewing of Genos at its UK launch during the Yamaha Club Weekend made a significant impact on the audience at Hellidon Lakes – and on Glyn Madden.
  • Genos – The First Tour: Richard Bower and Ian House were on tour with Genos throughout November. We caught up with Richard at the Mosborough Hall Hotel in Sheffield.
  • Hellidon Lakes Gallery: A selection of photos from the Yamaha Club Weekend in October. View more photographs from the event at DanielWatt.com
  • Daniel’s Red Letter Day: Daniel Watt set himself quite a challenge when he decided to mark thirty years as a keyboard performer.
  • My Story – Alan Bloom: We asked readers to share their musical memories with us. Which tunes have had a profound effect on you and what led you to take up the organ, keyboard or piano as a hobby.
  • Glyn Madden

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