John Vernon's Collection

Everyone has his own way of organising a style collection, mine is generically no better than yours except for me, it suits my way of working. To get the most out this collection, a little explanation may help. I organise my collection by Types, Titles, Names and Sources.

  • Types refer to the kind of rhythm, organised in an alphabetic memotechnic order that I have memorised and developed over the years. Many years ago, when styles used the basic DOS file 8.3 naming convention, identifying style type with just one letter was useful, and the habit stuck.
  • Titles refer to song names, organised by alphabetic folders.
  • Names refer to well known artists or groups.
  • Sources refer to manufacturers or keyboards whose styles have been converted to Yamaha format, or to styles from previous Yamaha keyboards.

In the styles below, I've provided the Types folders in the collection. I don't think I can provide the others because there will be some styles that I bought or that someone considers copyright or proprietary and it would be too difficult to find and remove these styles.

Some are raw conversions, some have been tweaked. There are no exact duplicates (thanks to Peter Wierzba's PSR Style Database) but there will be different people's versions of the same basic material collected over the years. I've eliminated those I thought would never be any use, based on size, conversion errors that could be detected automatically or actual tests, but I haven't tried them all.

The Ethnic group of styles is sorted by best available information: I make no claim to be an expert on Thai or Turkish etc. music, if a style is in a particular folder it's only because someone sometime uploaded the style saying it was from that origin. They may well have been wrong!

All styles are based on the SFF1 format, usable in recent PSRs and all Tyros keyboards. SFF2 or SFF-GA format files specific to Tyros 3 (for the time being) are not included.

Finally, don't thank me, thank all those people who have converted, tweaked and/or contributed these styles over the years, some well known, many not. I find this collection very useful as a good place to start when I need something specific, I hope you do.

-- John Vernon

Note: John's original collection included almost 12,500 styles. I filtered these styles to eliminate those that were duplicates of styles already available on the PSR Tutorial site. That eliminated about 2,800 styles but still left an astonishing 9,700 styles. To further differentiate the style set, I divided the styles into three groups. The first group included all the styles with four variations and with OTS (see Table 1 below). This set includes 2,869 files. The second group had four variations, but no OTS. This set includes 4,739 files. The final set was styles with less than 4 variations, most of which did not have OTS. This set includes 2,076 files. In all cases, I have kept the styles organized using the folder scheme outlined by John. This is an enormous collection of styles. Table 3 is still being worked on and will be added as they are ready. --Joe Waters

Style Categories: To save space in the tables below, I have used John's 1-letter abbreviations to define style sets. Very large sets have been divided into two or three parts (e.g. E1, E2, E3 denoting three parts of Ethnic styles). The abbreviations and their contents are shown below:

  • 8B (8Beat, 16Beat, 12-8Beat)
  • A (sAmba, Mambo, Salsa)
  • B (Beguine, Zouk, Brazil)
  • C (Charleston)
  • D (Dance, Disco, Pop)
  • E (Ethnic)
  • F (Foxtrot, QuickStep, Party)
  • G (swinG, BB, Ragtime, Shuffle)
  • H (cHaCha, Ballroom)
  • I (Blues, Ballad, Soul, Gospel)
  • J (Jazz)
  • K (Unplugged, Acoustic)
  • L (Latin, Rumba, Bossa)
  • M (March, Polka)
  • N (couNtry, Dixie, Bluegrass)
  • O (bOlero, Beguine)
  • P (Paso)
  • Q (Classical)
  • R (Rock, R&R, Twist, Jive)
  • S (Slow)
  • Y (easY, Medium)
  • Z (Stage & Screen)
Table 1 - 2,869 Styles with 4 variations and OTS
8B.zip
159 styles
1.6 MB
A.zip
81 styles
1.3 MB
B.zip
36 styles
471 KB
C.zip
5 styles
37 KB
D1.zip
177 styles
2.0 MB
D2.zip
163 styles
1.9 MB
E1.zip
208 styles
2.2 MB
E2.zip
259 styles
2.6 MB
F.zip
105 styles
1.1 MB
G.zip
224 styles
2.7 MB
H.zip
32 styles
397 KB
I.zip
292 styles
3.6 MB
J.zip
100 styles
1.1 MB
K.zip
111 styles
1.0 MB
L.zip
95 styles
1.1 MB
M.zip
80 styles
913 KB
N.zip
225 styles
2.5 MB
O.zip
21 styles
258 KB
P.zip
9 styles
106 KB
Q.zip
59 styles
594 KB
R.zip
163 styles
1.8 MB
S.zip
173 styles
1.8 MB
Y.zip
23 styles
242 KB
Z.zip
69 styles
1.0 MB
Table 2 - 4,797 Styles with 4 variations and no OTS
8B.zip
265 styles
2.8 MB
A.zip
192 styles
2.4 MB
B-C.zip
88 styles
819 KB
D1.zip
248 styles
2.5 MB
D2.zip
202 styles
1.7 MB
D3.zip
233 styles
2.5 MB
E1.zip
181 styles
1.9 MB
E2.zip
245 styles
2.3 MB
E3.zip
102 styles
1.0 MB
E4.zip
244 styles
2.1 MB
F.zip
202 styles
2.0 MB
G1.zip
174 styles
1.9 MB
G2.zip
255 styles
3.1 MB
H.zip
75 styles
827 KB
I1.zip
170 styles
2.1 MB
I2.zip
199 styles
2.1 MB
J.zip
107 styles
1.0 MB
K.zip
80 styles
770 KB
L.zip
189 styles
1.9 MB
M.zip
93 styles
930 KB
N1.zip
236 styles
2.8 MB
N2.zip
167 styles
1.7 MB
OPQ.zip
117 styles
1.1 MB
R1.zip
214 styles
2.2 MB
R2.zip
142 styles
1.4 MB
S.zip
267 styles
2.8 MB
Y-Z.zip
110 styles
1.1 MB
     
Table 3 - 2,090 Styles with 2 variations
8B.zip
73 styles
298 KB
A.zip
57 styles
516 KB
B-C.zip
72 styles
537 KB
D.zip
161 styles
1.3 MB
E1.zip
110 styles
811 KB
E2.zip
259 styles
2.0 MB
E3.zip
284 styles
1.6 MB
E4.zip
73 styles
553 KB
F.zip
78 styles
717 KB
G.zip
133 styles
1.4 MB
H.zip
36 styles
328 KB
I.zip
131 styles
1.2 MB
J-K.zip
85 styles
647 KB
L-M.zip
97 styles
872 KB
N.zip
131 styles
1.2 MB
O-P-Q.zip
70 styles
627 KB
R.zip
103 styles
831 KB
S-Y-Z.zip
137 styles
1.2 MB

This page updated on January 17, 2015 .