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Yamaha Tyros5
Yamaha Tyros4
Yamaha Tyros3
Yamaha Tyros2
Yamaha Tyros
Yamaha PSR-S970
Yamaha PSR-S950
Yamaha PSR-S910
Yamaha PSR-S900
Yamaha PSR-3000
Yamaha PSR-2100
Yamaha PSR-2000

Congratulations on your purchase of a Yamaha Arranger Keyboard. Whether your keyboard is one of the top-of-the-line keyboards (Tyros5 or Tyros5-76 / Tyros4 / Tyros3 / Tyros2 / Tyros) or one of the mid-level arranger keyboards (PSR-S970 / PSR-S950 / PSR-S910 / PSR-S900 / PSR-3000 / PSR-2100 / PSR-2000), you are in for many, many hours of pure fun.

We will help you understand your new keyboard so you can take advantage of the many features available. It does not matter which of the Yamaha models you have. They all not only look similar, they also operate in much the same way. In fact, if you own one of the CVP pianos, most of the lessons at the PSR Tutorial will apply equally well to your piano.

The higher-end models have more bells and whistles and more voices and styles than the mid-range models. But they all have functions in common and these work the same way no matter what model you have.

All of the mid-range models have less-expensive junior cousins. For example, you can find a PSR-S750 as well as the PSR-S950 and the PSR-3000 was introduced along with the PSR-1500. The less expensive models have fewer styles and fewer voices and lack some of the features available in the higher-end models. But here, too, the actual operation of the keyboard is exactly the same.

Whatever keyboard you may have, I'm sure you are anxious to sit right down and see what this baby can do.  There is an enormous amount of information provided throughout the hundreds of pages in this web site. This information will help you really understand the many functions of your new keyboard.  But you do not have to learn everything right away. You have many months, even years, to explore and learn about what your new keyboard can do. Right now, however, let's just get you up and running as quickly as possible.

The first thing we'll do is take a brief look at some of the accessories you may need to go along with your keyboard. You may already have purchased everything you need. If not, you may want to do some more shopping.

USB drives have become an essential part of all the latest keyboards. Check out the lesson on USB drives if these little "thumb" drives are new to you.

Next, we'll look at the overall layout of the keyboard so you understand where things are and what the various buttons do.

Finally, we will turn the keyboard on and look at what it takes to start playing your first song! Of course, the easiest thing to do is to hit that "DEMO" button on the console and then sit back and listen to what your new keyboard can do. Your keyboard will also include some sample midi songs that you can listen to and, of course, hundreds of voices, each with its own little demo.

The key characteristics of an "arranger" workstation is the "styles" that you can use to accompany your playing. We'll show you how to select from the various styles and show you the main features of how styles work. At that point you will be ready to start playing your own songs.

A Note on Site Navigation

If you are new to the keyboard, you may also be new to the PSR Tutorial web site. There are eight major areas in this web site in addition to the initial "Home" page. You see these in a top-level menu that is shown at the top of each page on the site. You are now in the "Lessons" section of the PSR Tutorial. You can tell that because the "Lessons" link is highlighted. At any time, you can click on any of the links at the top of the page to go directly to that section of the web site.

top menu bar and secondary menu bar

Within the "Lessons" section there are seven subsections, which are shown on a 2nd-level menu bar at the top of the page. You are now in the "Start Here" subsection. Again, you can tell where you are because the sub-section tab is highlighted.

Sample sidebar navigatorEach subsection may include a number of lesson "pages" for the various topics within the subsection. These are usually shown in a third-level navigational menu on the left side of the page. For example, there are 13 lesson pages in "Start Here." You are currently on the "Introduction" page, which is highlighted in the navigational menu on the left. This menu is repeated on all the pages of this subsection with your current page highlighted in the menu. The lesson pages are usually meant to be followed one after the other. However, you can click on any of the links in the left-side navigational bar to go directly to any of the lesson pages shown there.

At the top and bottom of each page in the Lessons section is a next button button that will take you to the next lesson in the current subsection as well as a previous button that takes you back to the previous lesson.

At the very bottom of each page are links similar to the top-level links at the top of each page. These take you directly to any of the eight major sections in the site or back to the Home page.

On some pages you may see "ads" for one product or another. Often, such as on the next lesson on "Accessories," these may be links to products that are mentioned in the lesson text. These are only meant to help you get started on an internet search and may not represent the best price or the best product for you.

This page updated on February 29, 2016 .