The Booth #1 | Yamaha Genos | A tour of the gorgeous pianos, electric pianos and guitar categories.

Welcome to our new video series ‘The Booth’.

The Booth is unscripted and unplanned. We wanted to give our musicians the chance to sit down and enjoy themselves while exploring the keyboards and pianos here in store. In the first episode we got Chris to go and have fun on the Yamaha Genos keyboard.

Chris spent some time looking through the piano category, the electric pianos (inc Fender Rhodes types) and acoustic guitars (inc ukulele). As you’d expect from Yamaha, who make some of the worlds finest concert grand pianos, the pianos here are outstanding. And because Yamaha were pioneers of electric pianos with their DX keyboards in the 1980s these are reproduced perfectly too. Guitars are a notoriously difficult instrument to capture on a keyboard instrument but here we have a excellent classical guitar, steel stringed acoustic and look out for the Dire Straits style resonator guitar which gets Chris very excited. An honourable mention for Chris’s attempt at Hotel California by the Eagles too. Sorry to any Eagles fans out there.

It’s also a good chance to see the Genos touchscreen interface up close. We’ve heard from so many people that it’s really the easiest system for navigating a keyboard they’ve ever produced. And we’re all so used to using touchscreens today that anything else seems rather clunky and old fashioned.

The Genos gives you plenty of variation even if you just stick to playing the pianos. Subtle backings of synth pad, vox or strings and built in and can really enhance a simple piano piece.

Upright pianos are a great variation as they are so characterful and provide a nice change from the huge grand piano sounds. Of particular note is the piano called “70s Ballad” which is absolutely perfect for John Lennon and Beatles covers, giving that iconic ‘slapback’ effect.

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