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Yamaha PSR-OR700 61-Key Arranger Workstation

The PSR-OR700 Arranger Workstation from Yamaha features some very cool content, dedicated “Scale Setting” panel buttons for on-the-fly scale tuning, MegaVoice and Modeling Technology, and USB jack for connecting peripheral storage devices. The keyboard has 61 touch-sensitive keys, 96-note polyphony, 314 accompaniment Styles featuring 146 special World Styles, large screen, a special selection of World Voices and 22 Drum Kits. Ease of operation – Direct Access Button, Music Finder, Quick Record, One Touch Setting (OTS), Multi Pads, Built-in Help, Demo, Mixing Console, Registration Memory, Performance assistant technology Dynamic Voices and effects – The keyboard comes with 813 voices, is 96-note polyphonic and has 4 Effects blocks plus Reverb and Chorus Professional Connections Keyboard – 61 Keys (C1 ~ C6) with Touch Response (Initial Touch) Polyphony – 96 notes max. Display – 5.7 QVGA B/W LCD capable of Lyric and Score display 813 Preset Voices – 317 (more…)

Learning How To Play Musical Instruments

Some children could find learning how to play musical instruments very hard in some ways; but, in other ways very interesting. Musical instruments such as the clarinet or the piano are very different from each other in a physical sense, but both of these musical instruments have the same notes that people can learn to play. The clarinet has musical notes that range from the low E and to the high A. The B-flat clarinet is about 23.6 inches long, and has a range of more than three octaves.
The piano is a great musical instrument that consists of eighty-eight notes. The musical range for the musical notes on the piano will range from a low A as the lowest, and the highest note would be the C key. The piano is the easiest musical instrument to learn, and is often selected by beginners because this musical instruments follows the alphabet scale in note placement of A, B, C, D, E, F, G. they also will consist of sharps and flats. Once a beginner learns the fingering techniques for a piano, it is easier to learn how to play other musical instruments because the finger placement techniques will not seem to foreign.
Some musical instruments will need to be tuned in order for them to be played in concert. For a concert pitch, the piano key A above middle C would be tuned to a pitch that was precisely 440.000 Hz. This tuning principle is based on a standard keyboard that is equipped with 88 keys. This type of piano tuning should always be provided by a qualified technician because they have tuning instruments that will ensure that each note emitted from a piano will be just as it should be for concerts and other public performances.
Learning the notes as a young child is a challenge to those who do not practice as much as they need. Children as young as three years of age can learn to play a musical instrument if they have a teacher and are willing to practice every chance they get, but at least thirty to forty minutes a day. Practice lessons will consist of learning the scales, filling in various workbooks, and note-taking skills. There are different types of workbooks that will focus on techniques that your child can use when at home. There are usually five or more workbooks for every level involved in learning to play music and that means there will need to be a lot of practice time devoted to each.
The electronic keyboard can recreate the sounds of different instruments. The keyboard is also a popular version of the piano, but requires electricity. Some keyboards have hands on practice session programs and the key will light up on a song that is put on the keyboard. People that use the keyboard to learn how to play the piano without an instructor think this style of learning is great but the keyboard will not be able to tell a student if the notes are played correctly. It is a good idea for a child to remain in classes with a teacher in order to learn to play a musical instrument to the fullest extent possible.

Piano Chords A Chord Book And Forty Eight Popular Chords For Beginners

I am sure you have heard of Piano Chords. Well, that can be a little misleading because when you play chords, normally with you left hand, you would play chords on an electronic keyboard or electric organ rather than a piano.
When learning to play the piano you would normally learn, what I call a moving left hand rather than a three note or four-note chord. You can still use chords with a piano but you must put the bass note in first before playing the chord. So if you are playing a C chord you would play the C bass note first with your left hand then the C chord. With an electronic keyboard, you would just play the C chord and the auto-chord feature that most keyboards have will add the bass note for you.
So, for all you keyboard and organ beginners out there all you need to start with is some basic triad and seventh chords. There are hundreds of chords to learn, but guess what; you don’t need to learn them now.
Let me give you an example, if you are playing your favourite song on your keyboard and you come across a chord called C6 or C9 or even C11 what do you do, stop, and learn these chords or carry on playing and learn these chords later, if you want to. Sound confusing, it’s not really, what you do is play a simple C chord instead of the C6, C9 or C11.
When you see a number attached to a chord it means you are adding another note to that chord. So for example C6 means play a C chord and add a sixth to it, and if you don’t know what the sixth is just play the C chord and learn the sixth later.
Now I don’t want to bombard you with theory but there are certain rules when playing ninth and eleventh chords, the rule being you must include the seventh when playing these types of chords. Now, as a beginner you can substitute ninth and eleventh chords with seventh chords. So now, you have a choice, if you see a C9 chord, you can play either a C chord or a C7 chord, both are adequate and both will sound correct.
Here are the chords I recommend beginners learn first.
12 Major Chords
12 Seventh Chords
12 Minor Chords
12 Minor Seventh Chords
The 12 Major Chords are:
C, G, D, A, E, B, F#/Gb, C#/Db, Ab, Eb, Bb, F
The 12 Seventh Chords are:
C7, G7, D7, A7, E7, B7, F#7/Gb7, C#7/Db7, Ab7, Eb7, Bb7, F7
The 12 Minor Chords are:
Cm, Gm, Dm, Am, Em, Bm, F#m/Gbm, C#m/Dbm, Abm, Ebm, Bbm, Fm
The 12 Minor Seventh Chords are:
Cm7, Gm7, Dm7, Am7, Em7, Bm7, F#m7/Gbm7, C#m7/Dbm7, Abm7, Ebm7, Bbm7, Fm7
That’s 48 of the most popular chords used in modern music today. If you learn these chords, you will be able to play hundreds of songs that are widely available in songbooks and sheet music.

The Piano: Percussion Or String?

The piano is perhaps the most widely used instrument in Western music despite its lack of portability and its great expense. Despite its popularity, however, few people are interested in the trivial facts that make a piano so fascinating. For example, the name “piano” is actually short for “pianoforte”, which literally means “harpsichord that plays both loud and soft”. It was revolutionary to play an instrument that had such a great dynamic range. After all, a harpsichord was a nice sounding instrument but had a single volume and a single tone. The only variety that came with a harpsichord was in the painting that was normally found on the inside of the lid.The along comes a piano – so dynamic, so brilliant, so unique that it was almost instantly classified as both a percussion and a string instrument; percussion because the player strikes the key to make a sound, and string because the sound is actually the result of a string’s vibration. However, it can also be classified as a “chordophone” for the same reason. The chordophone family of instruments is those that get their sound from a vibrating string. But then again, the piano’s sound board has a lot to do with the sound as well.So what is it?Those that argue for the “percussion” class are quick to point out that the strength of the strike on the key determines the volume. They rightly claim that there are many percussion instruments that have keyboards and distinct pitches. Of course, they can also claim that, like many mammoth percussion instruments, the piano is huge and unmovable!However, many people, including those who claim to be piano experts, do not realize that it is the “velocity” of the keystroke that determines the volume and not the strength behind it. It is the speed of the hammer traveling between its resting position and the string that will define the loudness of what is heard. In fact, electronic keyboards and MIDI components have taken the term “velocity” and have literally replaced the word “volume” in today’s electronic music jargon.How Should We Classify Instruments?When it comes to keyboards, one is reminded that a keyboard is nothing more than a practical method to play specific pitches – no different than the valves on a trumpet, the frets on a guitar, or the slide on a trombone. It is difficult, then, to say that the keyboard itself could define a specific group of instruments. Why would one use the physical aspects of determining pitch as a classification? What if we did? We would have the following categories:• The “Valves”• The “Slides”• The “Bows”• The “Keys”• The “Sticks”Sounds like some interesting sections in our orchestra! But when it comes to what the audience truly hears, these classifications are a bit impractical. Wait a minute? Perhaps that is our key (no pun intended)? Perhaps we need to classify the piano because of what we hear? If so, the piano is one of the most beautiful string instruments to ever be invented. Yes – it is the string that makes the sound and the soundboard gives it the projection and tone that is makes it so wonderful.So….?So what is the piano? It is a string instrument. Those that consider it percussion because it is struck fail to take into account all those angry brass players that strike their instruments on many occasions. There are times when I prefer that tone over the normal one!

Nostalgia and the Wisdom of the Late Adapter

Even though I work every day at a product design firm, I know there’s more to life than just television screens, insanely elaborate booths, and strange sounding products — not that’s there’s anything wrong with that. And, while we’re mindful of all the strong criticism of the event coming from a green perspective, that’s not what we’re talking about today.In our line of work, we are not ones ones to stand athwart innovation and yell “stop!,” or even “slow down!” What we are saying is that, with all the changes and new devices coming across the transom, it’s useful to consider why so many people are nostalgic for older technology and hesitant to embrace the newfangled. Richard Ziade’s online article, “Looking Forward to the Past: The Longing For And Inevitable Return Of The Analog Experience” and his thoughtful closing words got us thinking. To wit:”We should be wary of what we assume to be conveniences that people want and at the costs of providing them. It turns out that making the cake from scratch is way more fun than tearing open a plastic wrapper because there are good things to take away from that experience. As we define our value and design around it, we should be as sensitive to what people don’t want as to what we’re certain they do want. It serves us well to respect that delicate balance.”Some of us (well, the guy actually writing this post) got even more thoughtful when Ziade commented parenthetically that the post was written on a steampunk keyboard — a new idea to writer guy but one long in coming. Basically Jake von Slatt of Steampunk Workship has spent hours stripping away the usual sleek trappings of a computer keyboard and replaced them with the supposedly clunkier accoutrements of an antique manual typewriter.To some, there might be something truly nonsensical about taking considerable trouble and expense to turn an advanced product into a facsimile of a less advanced one — but then ask any writer, particular one who worked in a newsroom (or, in writer-guy’s case, a high school journalism class) and who learned to write on a manual typewriter. There was something about the satisfying clickety-clack of a manual that told the world know that work was getting done. Now, we can type and serenely listen to music in digital stereo, but those those old manual typewriters — and even those newfangled electric models — made a music of their own.No wonder there are writers — plugged in writers aged well under fifty, it turns out — who simply prefer writing their drafts on manual typewriters and an entire web business devoted to keeping them supplied. It turns out that, for all the immense convenience and flexibility that computers offer writers, the older technologies offer something that the new one misses out on.

Even scribblers…well, typers, who have longer ago decided they would give up major bodily organs before parting with their computers, retain vestigial links to their long-gone typewriters. As author Jonathon Lethem wrote in a piece surveying writers’ preferred computer fonts:

Before computers, I wrote three novels on a typewriter, and there can never be anything but 12-point Courier (double-spaced) forever: I write on an eternal Selectric of the mind. I can even hear the rattle of the metal ball against the sheet of paper, I swear.Still, the computer offers so many conveniences and new tools to writers that it was all but impossible to resist, even back when clunky old WordStar was the standard. The moment the first word processors came on the scene, enormous numbers of us, eager to ditch the slow inconvenience of correcting ribbons and liquid paper, switched over almost immediately. Loyalty and nostalgia was one thing, but this new technology was just too powerful.”But not all new technologies are, and that’s the rub. That’s why most people are waiting out the current home video wars between HD DVD and Blu-Ray. Regular old DVDs are still such a recent advance — and so much of an improvement over VHS tapes — that the novelty hasn’t really worn off yet and we’re still quite pleased. While we might see the improved resolution of the new technology, we’re not going to go to any excessive expense or inconvenience only to find we’ve saddled ourselves with obsolete technology when we’re perfectly happy with the one we’ve got already.”So it is with newfangled cell phones — a lot of us are still getting used to the very concept of a phone not using a land line and and don’t see much appeal in watching movies on it (way, way, way too small), or texting (what’s wrong with old-fashioned e-mail?), or the like. Many do, of course, but the point is that not all consumers think the same and there are vast audiences out there that designers and engineers may not be properly addressing.Don’t call them luddites, call them deliberate. To get them, you’re going to have come up with a product that truly make sense, that’s all.

Casio: Catering the desires of gadget freaks

The well renowned company of multi-electronic devices, Casio Computer Co., Ltd was established in 1946. It was founded by Tadao Kashio who was an engineer of fabrication technology. Casio has made its steps marks in diverse range of products such as Casio Office Automation, mobile phones, cameras, PDAs, projectors, calculators, audio equipments, musical instruments along with beautiful watches. The latest watches launched by Casio are Baby G Solar that are trendy versions of ever-popular G Shock line of tough and practical Casio watches. Now these are available in smaller and more compact form. It is marketed more as fashion accessories than the tactical timepiece. These watches are reported to be a big hit in Japan and its native land. The latest EX FC100 camera by Casio India is one of the most popular model introduced by the company recently. It seems that Casio is struggling to pack more and more advanced technology in a progressively smaller package. These hand sized cameras has features and functions that are normally reserved for mega high end. The CW e60 CD/DVD thermal printer is the most convenient printer of all that is produced by Casio. It is only require to be connected to the computer directly and all is done. This printer is a specialized CD DVD printer with a two hundred dpi resolution. The package of this printer contain the power cord of the printer, the AC adapter, one ribbon, one cassette positioning instructions book along with a USB cable template and one CD-R. Casio keyboards have been the favorite with beginners because of their value for money musical keyboards. One can hope to find a lot of features at a lower price as compared to its other competitors. If an individual really like to start learning the electronic keyboard, then he may want to consider a Casio Keyboards as they are mainly for amateurs. They are not much used for stage performances and music production. Casio’s Pathfinder Atomic Solar Men’s watches are not only the Pathfinder but a beautiful time piece which is equipped with sensors to enable the observation of Nature and help to monitor its changes. It provides essential information to the mountain climber, backpacker, or pursuit of any other outdoor endeavor. The pocket viewer PDA by Casio are probably the thing that one always needs to keep with him, so that one can update himself with his emails, news and messages from friends and family. It can be bought at a very reasonable price, so if one doesn’t want to have an expensive PDA, then Casio pocket viewer PDA is the best choice. Along with this Casio also manufacture calculators for all kind of people. Among all these, calculators and musical keyboards are the most popular products by Casio in India.

How to Play On Piano Secrets

Learning a musical instrument is a pleasant part of most people’s childhood. Typically, school programs will at least introduce you to the basic instruments, like the recorder, the drums, the piano and the saxophone. You might even get the opportunity to play in the band or in the school orchestra where you can learn how to read a little bit of music and maybe even make some music up on your own. If you don’t have these school programs, you can still learn how to play on piano, as long as you have a place where you can do a little experimentation without bothering anyone.The first thing you need to start learning how to play the piano is an actual piano. You might have access to an old upright piano that is located at your school or at a community center in your town. Also, some churches and hotels also have pianos that you can play as long as the owners don’t think you will be bothering anyone. If you can’t find a place where there is a real piano that you can play on, you should know that there are electronic keyboards that will serve the same purpose when you are first starting out learning to play. These electronic keyboards have the advantage of volume controls and earphone plugs so that you can practice even when your living situation requires that you don’t make a lot of noise.Once you’ve figured out exactly how you will key access to a piano or keyboard, you can really start learning how to play the instrument. The first thing that you should do on your piano or keyboard is to experiment with what it feels and sounds like to strike the keys. If you are playing on a real piano, press every white key and every black key all up and down the octaves of the keyboard. Listen to the difference in the sound if you press them softly or if you strike them hard. This will teach you important things about the way the notes of the piano are arranged and how you can use your fingers to make them sound full of energy, or soft and creeping.Now that you have a little bit of a feel for what it is like to actually make sounds come out of the piano, you should see if you can plunk out a little familiar tune, without music, just using your ears to tell you if the note is right or wrong. Start with a song that you know by heart and you have been singing for years. Many people choose to start with the Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star melody because it is simple and they can tell just by listening whether or not they have the song right. Try to guess which keys will play the next sound that you are listening for. This will help you to become more comfortable with the keyboard, and the location of the keys and sounds.

Piano Wizard teaches aspiring musicians

Monique Garcia
Daily Egyptian

For Chris Salter, learning how to play the piano came easy. But learning how to actually read music was not.

This challenge inspired Salter, a 1983 graduate in linguistics and music, to develop Piano Wizard, a video game that taches users to play piano through a color-coded keyboard and on-screen prompts. The game is already being sold by major online retailers and should reach shelves by the end of the year.

While fun and entertaining, Piano Wizard aims at teaching aspiring musicians how to read music through graduated game play.

In the game’s beginner levels, colorful icons or “notes,” such as dinosaur eggs and rocket ships travel on a straight line from the bottom of the screen toward an on-screen keyboard at the top. When the icons reach the keys on the screen, players hit a corresponding colored key on an electronic keyboard, which plugs into the computer.

As the game advances, notes scroll across the screen horizontally, imitating the lines of the staff and the way music is read. Advanced users can import electronic music files and play along to learn scores and arrangements.

“When most kids start playing the piano, they have a 90 percent failure rate, but it’s not the music, it’s the way we teach music,” Salter said. “This kind of takes the torture out of it, takes the abstractness out of learning how to read the musical language.”

Salter said he first thought of inventing the game shortly after graduating from SIUC. He entered the University in 1978 to study cinematography and began producing films about music.

Shortly after, Salter met piano instructor Don Beattie, who came to the School of Music in 1979, and began taking piano lessons with the new faculty member. While Beattie helped Salter learn to play piano before he graduated, Salter said he never mastered reading music.

Then, a few months after graduating in 1983, Salter took keyboarding classes to learn how to type. He said the lessons were frustrating until he played a typing game, and soon he was typing 40 words per minute. It dawned on him that a piano video game could have the same effect.

After years of consideration, Salter decided to form a business to develop and manufacture the game. Allegro Multimedia was born in August 2001; following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the dot-com business bust, finding investors was difficult.

But $3.5 million and a few patents later, Piano Wizard is riding on the popularity of the video game market. Last year alone, video games made for a $12 billion industry.

Salter said CompUSA recently placed a large order to sell the game, and online retail giants, such as target.com and amazon.com, already sell the game. On target.com, the game retails for $109.99.

He also said a major toy manufacturer is looking into developing the game further for sales late next year and an infomercial featuring the game will debut nationally on Wednesday.

Throughout the process, Salter kept his connection with Beattie and with the SIU School of Music.

This fall, with the help of Beattie, and his wife Delayna Beattie, a Piano Wizard academy was founded in conjunction with the School of Music.

Comprising mostly of 4- to 8-year-olds from the Child Development Laboratory, the academy focuses on teaching children to play the piano and read music through playing the game.

Children work with adult mentors from the School of Music, along with Don and Delayna Beattie, to learn simple songs on the game. After practicing the song on an electronic keyboard, children move to actual pianos to apply what they learned.

The academy and its students are featured in the infomercial, and students from the Department of Radio and Television are developing a documentary about the game and the academy.

“It’s a wonderful and extraordinary game that will ultimately help a whole lot of people,” Don Beattie said. “It’s a wonderful starting point that allows them to read a dozen pieces a day and helps them become literate readers of music while still having fun. Music is a language, and this helps increase their vocabulary.”

Last week, 10 children packed the academy’s cozy studio space one afternoon in the Old Baptist Foundation, singing along to “Merrily we roll along,” which they were learning to play on the game.

After stopping for a brief lesson about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and reviewing music notes, the 3- and-4-year-olds ran to the computers set up with the game. Perched on booster seats and sometimes the lap of a mentor, the children played along, getting instant feedback from the game about their timing and tempo.

“I got a 98 percent!” one little girl shouted out before turning back to the screen to tackle the song again, hoping for a perfect score.

“Don and I are firm believers that music is a birthright not reserved for the elite,” Salter said. “It should be open to all, not just those who have access to classical education. Music is something joyful and joins people at a spiritual level, and allowing everyone to have that is a beautiful thing.”

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How to Pick Your Musical Instrument

Playing a musical instrument for personal pleasure and release is a great way to go. You may be thinking about learning to play an instrument and wondering how to pick your musical instrument…one that will be most suitable for you.

Musical instruments, even electronic keyboards, will be an excellent investment. They come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges and are fun for both children and adults of any age to play. Music is a valuable resource for children to learn different sounds and find their rhythm.

By going over the history and the various types of musical instruments available, you may get a better feel for the instrument that would be most pleasing for you to learn to play. They can represent the dream of everyone to be a star.

Musical instruments developed independently in many populated regions of the world. Many instruments existed in this form for thousands of years before patterns of three or more tones would evolve in the form of the earliest xylophone.

Musical instruments can be grouped in five major classes: (1) stringed instruments, (2) wind instruments, (3) percussion instruments, (4) keyboard instruments, and (5) electronic instruments.

Instruments for producing musical sounds have long been classified as woodwinds, brass, percussion, or strings; to these must be added electrical and electronic instruments. Instruments such as the timpani (kettledrums) and xylophone are called percussion instruments because the sound is initiated by a blow.

Electronic instruments are more advanced musical instruments of our times and they produce music through electronic means such as keyboards, drums or guitars. Acoustic musical instruments are musical instruments that are capable of creating sounds entirely via acoustic means as opposed to by way of electronic means. While, digital instruments can talk to each other using a protocol called MIDI.

Comparing and organizing instruments based on their complexity is misleading, since advancements in musical instruments have sometimes reduced complexity. Common string instruments include the guitar, violin and piano, which is a musical instrument with 88 keys.

Instruments such as the celesta, pipe organ, accordion, and piano are usually put in a group called keyboard instruments, because the respective vibrating bars, pipes, reeds, and strings in these instruments are selected by use of keys in a keyboard.

String instruments are musical instruments that are played by plucking, strumming, picking, or bowing the strings. A typical string musical instrument is a guitar or mandolin and they generate sounds through plucking of the strings, which through vibration create what we call music.

Many believe that the The Drum is the Heart Beat of Music. Individuals enjoy drums as an instrument that is exciting and fun to play, but many music lovers truly believe that drums are the heart of music due to the way that they keep time and rhythm for the rest of the instruments.

Drummers have always held a certain mystique within the world of musicians. Drums depend on thickness and tension of the drumhead. Percussion instruments are musical instruments that are played by banging or shaking, like drums, marichi’s or maracas.

Brass instruments include the trumpet, french horn, trombone and tuba. Brass Instruments are musical instruments, producing tones by vibration of the lips, and are not only made of brass metal but also of wood. While, a double bass is a very large string instrument. The earliest known double bass type of instrument dates from 1516.

Wind instruments include the flute, pan-pipes, pitch-pipes, mouth organs, oboe, clarinet and saxophone. Typical wind musical instruments are trumpets, flutes, clarinets and bagpipes. An early flute, which was found in China, was the ch’ie.

The Didgeridoo is a long, slightly conical wooden instrument, used traditionally by the Aboriginal people of Northern Australia. Other names for the Didgeridoo are Yirdaki, Kanbi, and Ihambilbilg – although at least 40 different Aboriginal names are commonly used for this instrument throughout Australia.

Playing the Didgeridoo well is not an easy task but it really is a beautiful instrument and it has a great sound when played well.

Known as the oldest wind instrument in the world, the origins of the didge may go back as far as 40,000 years. Though only one “note” can be played with the didge (called a drone), overtones and vocal sounds from the player give it a rich sound and countless textures.

As you can see there are countless musical instruments to choose from. Hopefully, you now have more information that has helped you become aware of how to pick your musical instrument.