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5 Popular Yamaha Keyboards for You

5 Popular Yamaha Keyboards for You

Digital keyboards are quite popular in the market because keyboards meet most users’ requirements, and come at a cheaper price than standard acoustic pianos, so a lot of people choose keyboards. Yamaha has digital pianos that have attracted many music artists over the years; there are many types of keyboards to choose from, so here are 5 popular Yamaha keyboards for you.

1. Yamaha P45

The Yamaha P45 Piano is a keyboard whose value is higher than the amount actually spent to buy it. Yamaha uses the latest technology to give you a great sound experience.

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  • It has 88 keys (Graded Hammer Standard, or GHS), similar to that of standard pianos. When using the P45, instead of touch-heavy keys, the keys are genuinely light, an improvement that creates favorable playing conditions.
  • Using AWM (Advanced Wave Memory), this keyboard creates deep sound that highlights the nuance of every musical note.
  • It uses digital technology to record the sounds of musical instruments in order to reproduce and record high-quality audio samples.
  • It has 64-note polyphony; this lets you practice playing other sounds, and is enhanced by quickly increasing the number of notes you can play at once.
  • There is a USB port, so you can easily connect to a computer.
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    2. Yamaha DGX650WH

    Learning to play the piano is never more interesting than with the Yamaha DGX-650 Electronic Piano; it integrates learning software for beginners with a variety of songs to learn to play – even songs from artists who are famous worldwide.

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    • Its GHS keyboard has 88 keys with the most advanced technology of Yamaha.
    • A pure CF Sound Engine creates a clear piano sound, and even emulates the sound of the famous Yamaha CFIIIS 9′ Concert Grand Piano. The resonance effects and the interaction of renewable wiring help to achieve the true sound.
    • It has a Full Dot LCD Screen, DGX-650 is equipped with 128 polyphony, and hundreds of different languages, including English.
    • With its smart chord function, you just hit a single note with one finger, and the keys will play an entire chord, from simple triads to jazz chords.
    • The USB port helps you store and share music with ease.
    • Connect an external device like an iPod into the AUX-in port for listening to music through its speakers.
    • You have the option to get 2 different pedals, including the toad flexible pedal, and the professional pedal LP-7A.

    3. Yamaha P115

    Yamaha P115 keyboards have highly compact designs with style and modernity. It has added more applications, including iOS software. For this reason, the Yamaha P115 has attracted a lot of users – that and its reasonable price. However, before deciding to buy this digital piano, you should read a Yamaha P115 review.

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    • Upgraded from the P105, it supports up to 192 Polyphony, and allows complex playing techniques.
    • The full-size keyboard comes with key hammer action to create the feel of a real piano sound, and touch-sensitive finger fitted Matte finish in the early hours of practice for free sliding.
    • Sound Boost makes high notes clearer for the audience to enjoy music a great way.
    • It has a technique controller on the iOS, which you can use to control your piano remotely with one finger touch. You can also save your favorite settings and then reopen them via the controller on iOS.
    • It has 14 built-in sounds with different rhythms and styles; you can play any kind of music with a complete sample buffer created from a single chord.
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      4. Yamaha YPG 535

      Perhaps you will not find a better Yamaha electric piano if you would like to explore the boundaries of music. The YPG 535 is a Portable Grand Piano.

      • There are 88 gentle frets, combined with AWM technology (Advanced Wave Memory) for the most wonderful sound.
      • Its large LCD screen can display the lyrics and the musical notes of songs, automatically changing while you’re playing.
      • It supports up to 32 chords, and can be performed on site. You can easily play in its Dual mode, Spilt, Damper Resonance, or One Touch settings without any difficulties.

      5. Yamaha Arius YPD-142

      The Yamaha Arius YPD-142 focuses on the pianist for an enjoyable experience. You will hardly be able distinguish its sound from a standard piano.

      • It has the standard 88 keys; YDP-142 technology uses audio advanced technology, including the Pure CF which is taken from the famous CFIIIS 9′ piano.
      • Pure CF brings the sound of a Yamaha piano CFIIIS 9′ used in concert, meticulously refined. The conditions are controlled carefully to recreate the tone and resonance of authenticity of the music of this wonderful instrument with great precision.
      • It has Skill Acquisition track recorder functions to help learners track progress by recording and allowing playback of music played on the YDP-142.
      • The Damper Pedal’s resonance creates a real simulated sound that is most similar to the actuator in an acoustic piano; 3 pedals also support half-pedal operation to take effect, in a subtle way.

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      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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