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:
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