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'Songs from the Easy Keyboard Library' - Glyn Madden (Audio CD)


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Audio CD featuring Yamaha Tyros4

Running time 52':39"

"I recently wrote a series of articles for the Yamaha Club Magazine in which I matched some well known songs with appropriate accompaniment styles for the Yamaha arranger keyboard.  To give readers a reference point for the song titles featured I based my suggestions on music from the ever popular ‘Easy Keyboard Library’ series.
Much of the feedback we received since has carried a common request...  Would it be possible to record some audio examples of my song/style suggestions for keyboard enthusiasts to copy? Well, this CD is the result."

Who is it for?
It’s not intended as one for the keyboard pro’s, or for programmers and aficionados - who will, I hope, look kindly on my attempts to use the keyboard in the way that the majority of keyboard owners play at home.  Nor is it intended as a demonstration of the vast capabilities of such a versatile instrument as the Yamaha Tyros4. 

Using the sounds and features that are in the instrument
The recording is purely an illustration of what can be achieved using the keyboard in its natural state (i.e. with no add-ons, voice editing, extra software or multi-track layering).  All the sounds I’ve used are provided by the Tyros4’s standard One Touch Settings (OTS) and all the accompaniment styles and multipads are from the preset selection that comes as part of a brand new keyboard - ‘straight out of the box’.  What you hear is definitely achievable!

Having said that, because the arrangements in the EKL books are quite short, I’ve used recording software to group several pieces together for the majority of tracks - fading slightly between each new style and eradicating any ‘glitches’ that would detract from the recording in the process.  As a result I hope you’ll find the recording both entertaining and listenable because, after all, that is what it’s all about.  Whether you want to star as the leader of your own big band, jazz combo, or 1950s rock band it’s all possible with your arranger keyboard.

Basic arrangements of the sheet music I’ve used are widely available
If you enjoy the music I play you can find all the basic arrangements in selected volumes of the Easy Keyboard Library.  Okay, I’ve added one or two slightly more ‘tasty’ chords where I’ve felt they’re appropriate - and I’ve extended some of the pieces with the odd bit of improvisation (based on the sequence of chords in the music score) - but I hope this will only add to your enjoyment and inspire you to do the same when you play the keyboard.

"Basically the message is simply to have fun, make some great sounds... and, most of all, enjoy playing your arranger keyboard."

Glyn  Madden (2012)

Track list:

1/1    House Of Eliot (EKL Instrumental Classics)
1/2    It’s All Right With Me (EKL Jazz Classics)
1/3    It Don’t Mean A Thing (EKL Jazz Classics)

2/1    The Green Door (EKL The Fifties)
2/2    Mister Sandman (EKL The Fifties)
2/3    All I Have To Do Is Dream (EKL Number 1 Hits - vol.1)

3/1    Eternal Flame (EKL No.1 Hits - vol.1)

4/1    A Teenager In Love (EKL The Fifties)
4/2    It Doesn’t Matter Any More (EKL The Fifties)

5/1    Amazing Grace (EKL Number 1 Hits - vol.1)

6/1    On The Sunny Side Of The Street (EKL Big Band Hits)
6/2    Stardust (EKL Jazz Classics)
6/3    Misty (EKL Jazz Classics)

7/1    Annie’s Song (EKL Number 1 Hits - vol.1)
7/2    Autumn Leaves (EKL The Fifties)

8/1    Magic Moments (EKL The Fifties)
8/2    Whatever Will Be Will Be (EKL The Fifties)
8/3    La Bamba (EKL Number 1 Hits - vol.1)

9/1    Here’s That Rainy Day (EKL Jazz Classics)

10/1  It Had To Be You (EKL Big Band Hits)
10/2  The Stripper (EKL Instrumental Classics)

11/1  Cavatina (EKL Instrumental Classics)
11/2  What A Wonderful World (EKL Number 1 Hits - vol.1)

12/1  A Whiter Shade Of Pale (EKL Number 1 Hits - vol.1)

13/1  Satin Doll (EKL Jazz Classics)
13/2  Come Fly With Me (EKL Big Band Hits)


Also available:

Exclusively for Tyros4 owners, REGISTRATION and SONG files for each of the 26 songs featured on the album are available as a digital download - so that you can reproduce these recordings at home on your own keyboard.     

Product Code: YCA-CD013


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