For an update to the Music Finder discussion be sure to review the lessons in the Lessons | Playing |Music Finder section. In particular, there are new lessons on Yamaha IDC's Music Finder+ system, building a Music Finder database for the Tyros4, and 50 Fake-Book Specific MFDs for your keyboard. Many of the MFDs below were created for the PSR-3000 and earlier keyboards.
|MFD ZipPack||Gary's MFD||Bob's MFD||Scott's MFD||Text Files|
Music Finder Database records provide an easy way to quickly select the style and tempo and, perhaps, a beginning, for songs. Unfortunately, the "songs" provided in the preset music finder database records do not give the actual song name, but a variation of it, supposedly to protect Yamaha from copyright suits.
Although it is sometimes easy to figure out the original song title, it is far easier to simply have the correct song titles. The MFD files provided below are similar to the original preset files, but with the song titles corrected. Since some people have trouble downloading an ".mfd" file, I have also provided a delimited text file for each mfd database. Note that the mfd files work only on the specific keyboard for which they were created. You can, however, use MusicFinder View to convert an mfd so it can be used on a different keyboard. If you want all of the mfds or all of the txt files, click on the links provided here to download a zip file with all the keyboard files shown in the table below.
A major reason the mfd records are keyboard specific is that they refer to internal preset styles but not all keyboards have the same set of preset styles. As mentioned above, there are utilities that can convert a Music Finder File for one instrument into one that can be used on a different instrument. An example of how this is done is shown below using Michael Bedesem's Music Finder View program.
The screen shot here shows the Tyros 2 Music Finder Database being "Saved" as a PSR-S900 Music Finder Database. The "saving" not only adds the appropriate instrument record, it also identifies records for which the indicated style is not available on the target instrument. You can optionally choose to eliminate all these records, replace the style with a "default" style you can select, or edit those records and put an alternative style in. I choose to eliminate all non-available styles and that reduced the 2,083 styles in the Tyros2 database to 1,615 in the converted database for the PSRS900.
Since the conversion process is so simple, and since we have so many varieties of keyboards available right now, I'll leave it to you to do any converting for your particular keyboard. The more expensive keyboards do have more records in their mfd databases, but many of the records are the same from keyboard to keyboard. You can also convert some of the mfd collections provided below if you have a newer keyboard.
Note: all of the files above are ".mfd" files. Your PSR will recognize these files only when you are accessing the System Reset for Music Finder (Function | Utility | System Reset | Music Finder ). There is a complete tutorial on loading mfd files on this site. Review it if you need help.
I have put together a zip file with 9 mfd files in it. A separate file is available for your particular instrument. Click on your model number to download the zip files. A description of the component parts is give below.
This is an expanded Music Finder File, originally developed on the PSR-2000 (10/11/2002), with over 2,000 records. Some songs have multiple records suggesting alternative styles. The number of unique song titles currently in the database is 1,712. The Keyword field in this database has abbreviations for all the (U.S.) fake books in which the song appears. See the MFD Bonus page for a description of the database and how to use it. You can use the MusicFinderView program to derive individual Fake Book mfds from this master file.
The overall size of the Master2000.mfd may be too big for some keyboards. The major components that were used to put together that larger file are included as separate mfds. Each is less than 1,000 records. Files included are Yamaha2000.mfd (890 records from the original mfds in the 2000 and Tyros), SY2000.mfd (285 records contributed by Scotty Yee), Joe2000.mfd (289 records contributed by Joe Waters), PP2000.mdf (300 records derived from PSR Performer songs), Fred2000.mfd (236 records from Fred Smith), and Gary2000.mfd (100 records).
Here are 67 records from Warren Peters. This data is not incorporated into the master file above (or the Word document below), but you can add these records by simply appending this file to the master mfd file.
These are most of the songs I play by ear. Thought you might like to have them. Yes, I finally broke down and did this. I hope I can get used to using this thing! Following the song title I sometimes use a code that is as follows: small letters indicate which intro/ending to use, large letters that indicate which rhythm variations to use, a single letter in parentheses means to use all variations except that one. Enjoy!" -- Scott Langholff (Note: the Fake Book abbreviations are not included in this mfd file. -- JW)
If you have a new PSR-3000, you will need to convert the above MFDs to a format compatible with the PSR-3000. Even so, you may find that the "styles" referred to above are really very different in the PSR-3000 and may have to be adjusted. Gary Diamond has worked for many weeks to adjust his song library to his new PSR-3000 and the preset styles included with that instrument. The MFD in the 3000, unlike those in the earlier models, allows the user to also specify and save the particular Intro to start the song with as well as the style variation (A, B, C, or D) to start with. Gary's new MFD has almost 500 records and PSR-3000 owners can load this mfd or append it to what they already have. Many thanks to Gary for sharing it with us:
From the PSR Tutorial web site, I extracted all the performers song titles and put them in Excel including style and tempo. After a bit of sorting and extracting, I assembled a text delimited file and imported it into Music Finder. The result is a database of all the recognised styles that performers have submitted to date (Oct '04). There are many duplicates and also duplicates with your big list but there could be quite a few that have escaped. Thought it might be useful. I extracted all the 2k styles as these are probably the most useful. --Regards Bob Durham
Note: Bob's original mfd had 634 records for PSR-2000 users and that is included in the zip file above. I used the latest version of Michael Bedesem's MusicFinderView (see illustration above) to make a version for 2100 users, which had the same number of records, and a version for 3000 users, which had fewer records. Both of these are also included in the above zip file. If you have another keyboard, use MusicFinderView to convert the mfd to your keyboard's format. - Joe Waters
Hi Joe, I actually ran into a guy in Pensacola that plays a PSR2000 and sings! I was amazed. Anyway, he was pretty happy to get my old files from the PSR2000. I thought that perhaps as long as I had them out that someone may enjoy my final version of my Music Finder on the 2000. So here it is.
Not Just for PSRs. The song list in my Music Finder database can, in fact, be used by owners of any arranger keyboard. If you download the MusicFinderView by Michael Bedesem and then download my Music Finder database, you will be able to see my song list in Michael Bedesem's Music Finder View program.
Of course, if you happen to have a Yamaha PSR2000, you can load it into your keyboard as is. For other Yamaha models, you can use MusicFinderView to set your target instrument and save a version of the database for your keyboard.
Music Genres. Some players may find the abreviations for styles of music that I have included in the keyword field useful. In my many years of teaching, I discovered that most people don't know what genre of music a specific tune is and, therefore, what style to play with it. My relatively easy method of labelling the styles may be a lot easier than what I would imagine most people may be used to.
To look at the song list by song category, in MusicFinderView, set the Target Instrument to PSR2000. Next, go to Search, and click on Keywords. Using the codes shown below, enter the code into For This Text. Click on Find And Check All then click on Close and click on Play List. You will see a list of all the songs in that category. When you want to see another category, go to Checkbox Control and click on Uncheck. You are then ready to view another category. You will find a pretty good number of standard type tunes that are frequently performed.
The codes I use are: L=Latin, W=Waltz, F=Foxtrot(Quickstep), O=Old Time(Polka's), D=Dixieland(Foxtrot,Quickstep), S=pre-1960's Standards. Also listed are M=post 1950's "Modern", P=Pop, R=Rock and some others.
>Tempos. Tempos used in Ballroom dancing are probably different than the tempos that most players would have ever imagined. Since the tempos I use vary according to whether I'm playing a concert, sing-a-long, listening music, etc, I would suggest adusting according to your needs by feel or by going to your favoite search engine and type in the words Ballroom Tempo. Here are some links to Standard Ballroom dance tempos that I found on my search:
I hope some players will find the above information useful.
Scott Langholff http://www.ScottLMusic.com
Note: I did use the latest version of Michael's MusicFinderView to create a PSR2100 and PSR3000 version of Scott's MFD. In the 2100 version, I skipped the records that specified styles not in the 2100. In the 3000 version, I use the default style option and all the styles not in the 3000 were replaced with ZOUK, a style that is clearly inappropriate for those songs. The original MFD, which contains all the song titles and styles used, can be saved to a tab-delimited text file. This, in turn, can be imported into MS Excel. You will also find the text file and the Excel file created from the original 2000 MFD in the zip pack. For most PSR3000 owners, a registration that calls for a 2000 style can easily be handled by putting the 2000 style in the USER area or, alternatively, find a comparable style on the 3000 and use that. Many thanks to Scott for sharing his MFD with us. -- Joe Waters
Master1011.doc -- You do not have to use the Music Finder feature to take advantage of these Music Finder files. This is a Microsoft Word document that includes the basic Music Finder information stored in the Master MFD. It produces a 23-page printout with three colums/page that gives an alphabetical list of songs and the various style/tempo suggestions for that song.
FB_Abb.txt -- This text file provides a listing of all the fake book abbreviations used in the above file and the fake book to which the abbreviation applies.