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KEYBOARD CREATIVE | #3| Game of Thrones theme music on Yamaha Genos

Posted by David Brandon, on May 1, 2019.

Ok, I’ll admit it, I don’t watch GoT. But I can testify that you don’t need to watch it to have the theme tune burnt into your consciousness. I’m singing it when I’m washing up, when I’m in the shower, the car, everywhere! So naturally I had to see what I could cook up on […]

KEYBOARD CREATIVE | #2| Jurassic Park movie music on Yamaha Genos

Posted by David Brandon, on May 1, 2019.

Part of seeing a great movie is not just what happens on screen but also the soundtrack. Music is an essential part of cinematic experiences and the great movies often have great soundtracks. Jurassic Park is one of those movies. Even hearing the music now takes me back to the first time I saw the […]

KEYBOARD CREATIVE | #1| Yamaha Genos

Posted by David Brandon, on April 24, 2019.

Any time I get a little time to experiment on the Genos I’m always struck by how versatile it is. It naturally has a lot of automatic settings to help the newcomer, but if you sidestep these and get into the guts of the machine’s capability you can really get the creative juices flowing. In […]

Do electric pianos need tuning?

Posted by David Brandon, on April 4, 2019.

No. Is the simple answer. An electric or digital piano as we call them, will never go out of tune because there are no strings in them to go out of tune. This is one of the reasons they are becoming so popular. On a traditional piano the sound you hear is the vibration of […]

A Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Digital Piano

Posted by David Brandon, on March 29, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , ,

Digital Piano Buying Guide

Why a digital piano? Digital pianos are more popular than ever before, because using modern technology they so closely replicate the sound and feel of traditional pianos that most people cannot tell the difference anymore. Then there are the practical reasons why digital pianos are proving more popular than ever today: Digital pianos never go […]

How To Make a Blank Registration Set on a Yamaha Genos

Posted by David Brandon, on March 5, 2019.

Ever wanted to start from scratch and have a blank set of registrations on the Genos? You have? Me too. I find having a completely fresh set of the 10 blue buttons much more exciting as a musician – the blank canvas ready for your masterpiece. It also makes it a little bit easier to […]

My Journey From Playing Piano to Genos! (with guest writer Paul Herrington)

Posted by David Brandon, on March 5, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

            It was discovered from an early age that I had a ‘musical’ ability which was fostered by my Parents, by finding me a local Piano teacher (in Bradford, West Yorkshire) near where we lived. So lessons were duly attended on a regular basis, with progress being made, so much […]

Organ Corner #3 – Roland Atelier AT80SL

Posted by David Brandon, on February 27, 2019.

(See David’s full demonstration video at the end of this article) David’s odyssey into our organ showroom continues with the Roland Atelier AT80SL. Special offer this week: For this week only we are knocking £500 off the price! – Click here to view full details. This really is a powerful organ and the cabinet housing […]

Can you write for us?

Posted by David Brandon, on February 23, 2019.

We are looking for guest writers for our blog here on our website, our weekly email newsletter and our quarterly magazine. We require articles about pianos, keyboard, organs or anything music that relates to these instruments. It could be a personal story to do with you learning, a new technique you’ve developed or a product […]

What should your child’s next piano be?

Posted by David Brandon, on February 23, 2019.

So, they’ve kept up the practice on the keyboard they begged you for last Christmas and thankfully they’re still interested! It’s usually not too long until their teacher says that they’ll need something a little better. This is because they have improved to a standard where they can express themselves on the piano and will […]

Cinematic Registrations For Genos

Posted by David Brandon, on February 22, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

I absolutely love film and tv themes – I’m forever watching a series and ignoring dialogue to listen to the subtle beauty of an underscore during a scene, which often ends up with me having to rewind and re-listen. I even watch films now entirely based on the fact I’ve listened to the soundtrack and think it’s […]

Organ Corner #2 – Roland AT90

Posted by David Brandon, on February 15, 2019.

(See David’s full video at the end of this article) David was particularly excited about covering this organ. The Roland AT series really are mighty instruments and so popular amongst organ aficionados. Roland have a fine reputation for the quality of their traditional style organs and integrating more modern technology. Very large, colour coded buttons […]