Who Are The Performers?
Over the years 110 PSR Performers have provided PSR Tutorial visitors with an incredible library of songs (5,500+ MIDI files and 6,000 MP3 files) recorded on the various Yamaha arranger keyboards. You may be surprised at the wide spectrum of people who play and enjoy the Yamaha arranger keyboards. Some play by ear, some sight read, some use the full-fingered chord technique, some use only single-finger chords, some perform in public, others just play at home, but in all cases, they produce some wonderful music. Each performer's page has a short biography and photograph of the player. You may now have a chance to put a face to a name you are familiar with from the various Yamaha discussion forums.
Performer songs are available in MP3 and/or MIDI format. The MP3 files can be played on your computer or any MP3 capable device. The MIDI files, while they can be played on a computer, they will not sound much like the original recording. They are meant to be played on your Yamaha keyboard, where they will sound great.
Currently active performers are those who have added songs to the PSR Tutorial within the last three years. All of the currently active PSR Performers are shown in the sidebar on the left (as well as on every PSR Performer page). Click on the any of the PSR Performer names and you jump directly to that Performer's page where you have access to all of their available midi songs. You also have access to MP3 files provided by the performer. The songs can be auditioned in a "jukebox" found on each page where the most recent songs are at the top of the list. An alphabetical list of the performer's songs, by keyboard, is also provided where any song can be downloaded. You will find a "next" and "previous" button on each performer page that allows you to step through all the current performers one-by-one (in alphabetical first-name order) if you prefer to browse the performers that way. There are 1,600 MP3s that you can preview and/or download from the Performer's pages.
There are many additional performers available in the Archived Performers section. These are performers who have not added any songs to their page in the last three years. There are some great artists in these archived pages. Each performer's page includes a short biography and a sampling of up to 20 MP3s as well as a file with all of the midi files created by this performer. A sidebar on the left side of each page provides access to any of the archived performer pages. There are an additional 600 MP3s found in the archives section. Performers in the archives are shown in the table below and again on each archived performer page in a left-hand menu bar.
Many of the current and earlier PSR Performers, as well as members of the PSR Tutorial forum, have contributed songs to the annual PSR Tutorial Christmas Jukebox. There are an additional 278 MP3s available in the Christmas section.
Note: there are 3,285 Performer MP3s no longer available online. However, almost all of the MP3s that have appeared on the PSR Tutorial Performers pages are in our song collections. The 2013 Song Collection includes 3,862 songs and the 2017 Song Collection has 2,040 songs. Both collections are delivered on a 16GB USB drive.
Are There Songs For My Keyboard?
Initially, performers were recording primarily on the PSR-2000, but over time, new keyboards were acquired and new Performers were added. Today, you find songs recorded on almost all of Yamaha's arranger keyboard lineup including the top-of the line models (Tyros5, Tyros4, Tyros3, Tyros2, Tyros1, and 9000Pro) as well as the intermediate models (PSR-S970, PSR-S950, PSR-S910, PSR-S900, PSR-3000, PSR-2100, PSR-2000, and PSR-740). We even have songs recorded on Clavionva models. Download the midi files created on your keyboard model and they will sound exactly like the performer was sitting in your room playing the song. Of course, midi files are usually very general and any Yamaha instrument can play any of the midi files in the library. If the midi file uses some preset instruments that are not in your particular keyboard model, you can always use Michael Bedesem's MidiPlayer program to convert the midi file for use on your keyboard..
The midi files are meant to be played on a Yamaha keyboard -- they will not sound good played on your computer. Even if you don't have any Yamaha keyboard, however, you can still enjoy songs here that have been recorded and saved as MP3 files. The MP3 files can be played in your computer or MP3 player and will sound very much like the original sound coming from the Yamaha keyboard. Many current PSR Performers have an MP3 "Jukebox" on their page where you can listen directly to their latest MP3 recordings. The songs are also listed in an alphabetical MP3 index on the performer's page where you can audition and/or download the MP3 file.
How Can I Hear the Songs?
As mentioned above, if a player happens to have a Jukebox on the page, you can hear any of the songs in the Jukebox by clicking on that song name in the Jukebox window and it will play directly on your computer. This direct play works fine for high-speed connections, but if you have a slow dial-up line, you may prefer to download the song to hear it on your own computer.
MIDI songs are provided in "volumes" of 10 songs each. The most recent volume for each performer is shown directly and any song in that volume can be auditioned by clicking on the song name. You will hear the song played on your computer, but this often does not do the song justice since computers can not replicate the sound of a Yamaha keyboard. You can download the midi file and then move it to your keyboard and listen to it on your own keyboard. If you click on the Volume Number, you can download all 10 songs in a single zip file. In this case, you must unzip the file to get to the original midi files it contains. On the archived performer pages, all of the performer's midi songs are provided in one single large zip file.
MIDI Song Index
All earlier songs by each performer are available individually or in a zipped file of many songs. Toward the bottom of the performer's page is a collapsible banner labeled "XXX's MIDI Song Index (click to open or close)" where XXX is the performer's name. By default this banner is closed. Click on it to open it. (Click again to close it.) When opened, you will see a table that lists all of the midi songs from this performer. Available zip files are shown at the end of the introductory paragraphy above the full midi table. Because midi files are so small, the zip files that contain all the styles are also relatively small and easily downloaded.
There are over 5,500 songs in the archive of midi files created by the PSR Performers. You'll find an index to all the songs in the "Midi Files" section in the second navigation bar at the top of this page. Of course, finding and downloading all of these songs can be a huge chore. If you are interested in midi files, note that most of the PSR Performer midi files are available in the MIDI Library.
MP3 Song Index
Performers who have contributed MP3 files also have an MP3 Song Index on their page where you can audition and/or download any of their MP3 files. A "Jukebox" on the page holds all the performer songs with the most recent songs at the top of the list. You can listen to them online while you read the page or visit other web pages. An alphabetical index of all of the online MP3 files is available in the "MP3 Files" section in the second navigation bar at the top of this page.
If you are interested in becoming a PSR Performer, please send email to Joe Waters (email@example.com) with some sample midi or MP3 files.