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Offline grsale

« on: January 09, 2021, 11:44:30 PM »
I've been here before, but after two laptop replacements, my login and other membership data evaporated!  So, I've signed up again, and will look to this forum to answer the myriad questions I have!
I have a Yamaha PSR-SX900 (& a Korg Liverpool) at home, and an S970 at a buddy's house where a group of friends (all old guys!!) jam at every possible opportunity.  When we're well-staffed, as it were, I play bass, drums and often blues and chromatic harmonica, sometimes acoustic guitar and sometimes keyboards.
However, in this era of personal contact avoidance, I play full accompaniments on the PSRS970 with one other guy who sings and plays guitar.  And therein lies my problem!  I take FAR too much time searching for an appropriate style to select for the song we agree on.  E.g.: Sam (not his real name) says, "BeeGees, Words, go", and I start fumbling through the lists of Ballads, Country, Pop, for a 4/4 at about 60bpm.  Five minutes later I've found something which works, and we go.  Next, he wants "Bad Case Of Loving You", and away we go again.  Yes, I know we should have made a playlist in advance, but we don't.  Ever.  He uses Ultimate Guitar for his lyrics and chords, and I do as well (I've even made a correction submission to UG!).  I need a better way to quickly find appropriate styles and tempos to accommodate random selections of jam songs!  I wish the UG listings included such suggestions! But they don't.
What do you recommend?

Offline Roger Brenizer

Re: Re-introduction!
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2021, 12:00:09 AM »
Hi Grsale,

Welcome back to the forum and thank you for becoming a member again.  I’m sure you'll learn a lot about your Yamaha keyboards here on the forum and will experience many pleasurable hours playing them.

I would advise you to post your questions in an appropriate board, as you will most likely have more responses than having your questions answered here.

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Offline VilleGuy

Re: Re-introduction!
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2021, 03:57:52 AM »
I believe that with an iPad and a program like Songbook+ you can keep a songlist on your iPad. When your buddy calls out "Bee Gee, Words," you can tap that song on your iPad songlist, it will send a command to your keyboard and configure the keyboard to instantly call up the settings & style that you have designated for "Words."

It takes a bit of setting up and I have not gone down that road yet, so I can't be of more help. But others on this list use Songbook+ in this way, so they can probably offer advice.

One note: this type of setup won't work on your S970, but it should work on your SX9000. It will probably work with non-Apple tablets, but again, others on this list can advise you on that.

Proud owner of a Yamaha PSR S975 and still in the early stages of learning all it can do.

Offline DrakeM

Re: Re-introduction!
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2021, 01:22:17 PM »
Very simple, YOU call out what song to play next and let him try and find the words and chords to the song.  ;)

Remember when he calls out the song, you are trying to find the correct Drummer, Bass player, Piano player, Horn player parts. Man come on, it takes time to figure out 6 other musicians parts.


Offline KeyboardEd

Re: Re-introduction!
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2021, 09:36:27 PM »
XeeniX has an Excel spreadsheet that does a good job of matching styles to songs. I think it's in the supporter section.

Looks like he put a lot of time and effort into it. I use the spreadsheet quite often. If nothing else it gets me thinking of the 'right' style type/genre.

Is there an exact 'right' style for any song?!! ;)
« Last Edit: January 10, 2021, 09:39:59 PM by KeyboardEd »
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