Clavinova CVP-600/700/800 Touch-Screen: ‘Up Close & Personal’

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In August 2013 Yamaha’s UK demonstrator Ian House began a series for owners of the, then brand new, touch-screen operated CVP Clavinovas. The instruments combined all the voice and style content from Tyros4 – alongside lots of new voices, styles and technology – with a new touch-screen technology that set it apart from all the instruments produced during the past decade.

Read on if you own or play…
Clavinovas: CVP-600 series (touch-screen) ; CVP-700 series (touch-screen).

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 1:
An overview of the CVP-600 series range – and an introduction to the ‘Home’ screen.
(Published in August 2013)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 2:
The ‘Style’ pages.
(Published in October 2013)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 3:
The ‘Piano Room’.
(Published in December 2013)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 4: Yamaha demonstrator Richard Bower continues the series
The ‘Customising the HOME screen’.
(Published in February 2014)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 5:
The ‘The Registration Memory’.
(Published in April 2014)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 6:
The ‘The Registration Memory (continued)’.
(Published in June 2014)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 8 (mis-numbered):
The ‘My Favourite Things – The Favourite page’.
(Published in August 2014)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 9:
The ‘Registration Memory – The Basics’.
(Published in October 2014)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 10:
The ‘Richard Bower’s Christmas Cracker’.
(Published in December 2014)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 11:
Richard Bower takes us through the pages of the touch-screen Clavinova’s MIXER function.
(Published in February 2015)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 12:
Richard Bower takes us through the pages of the touch-screen Clavinova’s MIXER function.
(Published in April 2015)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 13:
In Part 13 of his series for owners of touch-screen models, Richard Bower shows how to make an audio recording.
(Published in October 2015)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 14:
It’s a very Merry Christmas from Edinburgh as Richard Bower embraces the festive season with a great selection of Christmas music to play along to the accompaniment styles in the CVP 600/700 series Clavinovas
(Published in December 2015)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 15:
Richard Bower is joined by Ian House for a guide of the Clavinova CVP-709.
(Published in February 2016)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 16:
Richard has some handy tips for making full use of the One Touch Settings in the touch-screen CVP Clavinovas.
(Published in April 2016)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 17:
Expand your One Touch Settings by creating a bank of ‘favourite’ sounds to use with every accompaniment style.
(Published in June 2016)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 18:
Richard Bower helps you decide what to include, and what to leave out, when saving registrations.
(Published in August 2016)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 19:
In today’s article Richard Bower is putting together some registration settings – for a concert performance.
(Published in October 2016)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 20:
Richard Bower, keyboard player, pianist and… organist, calls on his experience in playing the organ as he begins to explain the Clavinova’s Organ Flute section.
(Published in February 2017)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 21:
Richard Bower brings his expertise as an organist as he continues to explore the CVP Clavinova’s Organ Flute section.
(Published in April 2017)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 22:
‘Putting On The Style’ is the theme for Richard Bower’s touch screen workshop as he explains how to use the ‘Groove’ tool to bring a new feel to an existing accompaniment style.
(Published in June 2017)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 29:
Today Richard Bower takes us into the world of downloadable accessories and introduces four ‘apps’ that will fascinate the technically minded and which may help
you enjoy making music even more with your CVP Clavinova (and various other instruments in the Yamaha range).
(Published in October 2018)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 30:
Adding audio sound effects: ‘The Dambusters March’, written by Eric Coates for the 1955 film, must surely be one of the most stirring, and most frequently requested, marches of all time. When Richard Bower was asked to play it recently he decided to add some audio sound effects to the mix.
(Published in December 2018)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 31:
Today Richard Bower is on holiday… and his thoughts have turned to some Clavinova alternatives that are portable enough to take away with us when we are leaving our much loved CVP’s behind.
(Published in February 2019)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 32:
When Richard met up with talented vocalist Ráichéala, he was inspired to take another look at audio recording with the CVP Clavinova.
(Published in April 2019)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 33:
Keys To Musicality: Having been side-tracked from his intended topic by a meeting with CVP owners Sandy and Isla, Richard has some good advice about playing ‘instrumental’ sounds.
(Published in June 2019)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 34:
Adding A Little Audio: It was back in April 2019 when Richard Bower last turned his attention to audio recording with the CVP-600/700 series Clavinovas. Today he’s back with more ideas as he replicates being a piano player in a band.
(Published in August 2019)

CVP ‘Up Close & Personal’ Part 35:
As the last leaves of the Autumn fall and the final embers of Bonfire Night fade into the darkness, thoughts in the McBower household turn to Winter and preparations for Christmas. Music has always been a big part of the Christmas festivities, of course, and your CVP Clavinova is a fabulous instrument to enjoy the music of the season on. In previous years we’ve looked at various rhythmical styles to accompany your Christmas songs. This year, I’d like to look at playing carols in a more tradition setting, and which styles work best for doing so.
(Published in December 2019 / January 2020)