Tyros1 / PSR-2000

Phil  Hall

(Jun, 2003) - I grew up in the state of Maine and joined the Air Force right after high school to avoid the Korean War draft. I have lived in the state of bewilderment ever since. I met Dot, my bride of 43 years when stationed in Oklahoma. We have two daughters, and lived in several of the United States and France and Spain while finishing up 21 years in the Air Force. I was stationed in Oklahoma again when I was ready to retire, and we have lived for the last 25 years in the house that Dot grew up in. Our daughters grew up and married and live in Pennsylvania and Montana. Each has two children, three have already graduated from high school, the third is anxiously awaiting her driver's license. We have a motor home and visit each of them and my mother and sister, who still live in Maine, nearly every year. I have a "music room" set up in the motor home and the PSR2000 goes every where that we go.

Music History: There was always a piano in our house and my grand parents' homes when I was growing up, and my folks both played the accordion a little. They sent me to piano lessons at about age seven, but I hated every minute of it. I went through about three teachers in two years before my parents decided that it was a poor investment. The teachers all wanted me to play classical music, but I preferred the pop songs my folks played.

During high school I had the opportunity to assist a gentleman install a pipe organ in a local church. I was fascinated and followed him along to other repair and installation jobs. I was soon fixing some on my own. I taught myself one hymn so that I could demonstrate that I had repaired the organ. Seven years later, with two little children and too little Air Force pay, I got a part time job repairing electric organs and guitar amps. I learned a popular song to demonstrate that I had repaired those organs - I didn't worry about the guitar amps. I did enjoy the organs, though; and since I did all the warranty work for one music store, I got a good buy on a Hammond organ. I taught myself to play it using all of the easy chord method books that I could find. We had a succession of Hammonds in our home for about 30 years. The last one was getting pretty old and had to be worked on every time I wanted to play it due to corrosion and dust - as a result, I didn't play it very often.

We went to a big electronics home consumer show some years back, and I saw my first "electric piano." It had lots of voices and a few rhythms - I was hooked. We traded the organ in on it, and I played it for a couple of years. Then we got our first motor home, and I dreamed about ways to take the piano with me. They were all night mares! That thing weighed about 300 pounds! I saw a Yamaha PSR 330 in a store and had to have it. I was overwhelmed! It sounded great! And I could take it with me! It was followed by a 530 when the 330 failed just after the warranty expired. On a camping trip, I met a ham radio friend who had a 740. Wow! All that sound and a floppy disk and vocal harmony, too. But then I discovered that the 2000 had recently come out. I decided not to get the 740 to keep up with the Joneses, I bought the 2000 so that I could BE the Joneses! I have never regretted the purchase!

I soon discovered the PSR-Songs group, and learned so much more about playing from folks like Chris, Del and Julio. Not long afterwards the PSR Tutorial site came along and I learned more of the PSR2000's mysteries. Many thanks to all of you very fine people!


18 August 2004

Hi Joe,
As I was looking through psrtutorial.com the other day I noticed that the last songs I sent in were the first - and they are over a year old! I picked out some that are later than those, and based on the dates, I would guess are all recorded on the Tyros. I keep no record of styles used, but I'm sure most if not all are from Gary's Gig Disks. I like them a lot. I do usually change some OTS voices, panning and reverb. I tend to like more reverb than he does. Of course he may add it with external amps. Anyway, if you would care to post these in spite of your busy schedule, you are more than welcome to.


Phil has given us some great lessons on adjusting midi files. Check out his "Adjusting Voices in Songs," "Adjusting Song Tempo," "The Song Editor," and "Advanced Song Editing".

MIDI Songs

midi Phil provided 70 songs in midi format. These were created on the Tyros (T1) and the PSR-2000 (2k). Individual songs are shown in the table below and any one song can be downloaded by right-clicking on the song link. The table displays the song title, tempo (T), time signature (TS), lyrics (L), chords (C), where possible, the style used, the original volume (V), and the keyboard used (K).

Click on this link to download Phil's 70 MIDI songs: PH-2k.zip, PH-T1.zip.

Phil's MIDI songs
Title T TS L C Style V K
Angel Eyes 72 4/4 N Y 03 2k
Bali Hai 80 4/4 N Y SlowBossa 03 2k
Be My Love 80 4/4 N Y 05 T1
Blue Star 120 4/4 N Y 05 T1
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 166 4/4 N Y BoogieWoogie 05 T1
Bye Bye Blues 210 4/4 N Y Ragtime1 05 T1
California Dreamin' 74 4/4 N Y 04 T1
Chim Chim Cher-ee 120 3/4 N Y SwingWaltz 05 T1
Close To You 120 4/4 N Y 04 T1
Come Rain Or Come Shine 86 4/4 N Y 05 T1
Count Every Star 82 4/4 N Y MoonlightBallad 03 2k
Cry 80 4/4 N Y 03 2k
Cry Me A River 76 4/4 N Y Swing2 03 2k
Dancing In The Dark 131 4/4 N Y 05 T1
Dansero 100 4/4 N Y Bolero 05 T1
Desafinado 110 4/4 N Y FastBossa 05 T1
Do You Know What It Means 120 4/4 N Y 05 T1
Easy Street 74 4/4 N Y BoogieWoogie 03 2k
Embraceable You 78 4/4 N Y Swing2 06 T1
Flamingo 76 4/4 N Y SlowBossa 03 2k
Georgia On My Mind 70 4/4 N Y 04 T1
Golden Earrings 84 4/4 N Y 06 T1
Greenfields 63 4/4 N Y 6-8SlowRock1 03 2k
Green Leaves Of Summer 120 4/4 N Y 06 T1
Hard Hearted Hannah 236 4/4 N Y Dixieland1 06 T1
High And The Mighty 77 4/4 N Y 04 T1
House Of The Rising Sun 78 4/4 N N 6-8SlowRock1 03 2k
How Deep Is Your Love 130 4/4 N Y 06 T1
I Apologize 130 4/4 N Y 06 T1
I'll Remember April 120 4/4 N Y MidnightSwing 04 T1
Impossible Dream 89 3/4 N Y SwingWaltz 07 T1
I'm Sorry 115 4/4 N Y 06 T1
I Only Have Eyes For You 72 4/4 N Y 06 T1
I Remember You 85 4/4 N Y BigBandBallad 06 T1
It's A Blue World 72 4/4 N Y 02 2k
It's A Blue World 72 4/4 N Y EasyListening 04 T1
It's The Talk Of The Town 123 4/4 N Y 07 T1
It Was Almost Like A Song 120 4/4 N Y LoveSong 07 T1
Just A Closer Walk With Thee 144 4/4 N Y 07 T1
Just Because 210 4/4 N Y 02 2k
Just Walking In The Rain 80 4/4 N Y 07 T1
Laughing On The Outside 72 4/4 N Y 07 T1
La Vie En Rose 120 4/4 N Y 02 2k
Let It Snow 90 4/4 N Y 16BeatBallad2 02 2k
Look Homeward Angel 82 4/4 N Y BigBandBallad 02 2k
Look Of Love, The 120 4/4 N Y SlowBossa 07 T1
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing 90 4/4 N Y GypsySwing 02 2k
Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, A 62 4/4 N N 6-8Orchestral 03 2k
Lullaby Of Birdland 220 4/4 N Y Dixieland1 02 2k
Lullaby Of The Leaves 108 4/4 N Y SlowFox 02 2k
Mack The Knife 120 4/4 N Y 07 T1
Michelle 89 4/4 N Y PianoBallad 07 T1
Miracle Of Love 68 4/4 N Y Unplugged1 02 2k
Misty 129 4/4 N Y 07 T1
Old Cape Cod 70 4/4 N Y SwingFox 02 2k
Only You 72 4/4 N Y Bolero 01 2k
Paper Doll 80 4/4 N Y 01 2k
Put Your Head On My Shoulder 72 4/4 N Y 16BeatBallad1 01 2k
Sincerely 120 4/4 N Y 04 T1
Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You) 82 4/4 N N 01 2k
Somewhere 74 4/4 N Y Slow&Easy 01 2k
Stranger In Paradise 82 4/4 N Y MoonlightBallad 01 2k
Tell Me Why 74 4/4 N Y 16Beat 01 2k
That Lucky Old Sun 68 4/4 N Y 04 T1
This Is All I Ask 120 4/4 N Y 04 T1
Walkin' My Baby Back Home 90 4/4 N Y 01 2k
When Sunny Gets Blue 72 4/4 N Y MoonlightBallad 01 2k
You And The Night And The Music 120 4/4 N Y 04 T1
You'd Be So Easy To Love 84 4/4 N Y Swing1 06 T1
You Go To My Head 82 4/4 N Y BigBandBallad 01 2k