Who Are The Performers?
Over the years, over 240 PSR and Tyros Performers have provided PSR Tutorial visitors with an incredible library of songs (5,700 MIDI files and 8,600 MP3 files) recorded on Yamaha arranger keyboards. You may be surprised at the wide spectrum of people who play and enjoy their Yamahas. 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. Many performers have a page here, either as current performers or archived performers, where you will find their music. Performer pages include a short musical biography and a photo 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, will not sound much like the original recording. They are meant to be played on your Yamaha keyboard, where they will sound great.
Current Performers - Currently active performers are those who have added songs to the PSR Tutorial within the last couple of years. All of the currently active PSR Performers are shown in the sidebar on the left. An abbreviation for the current keyboard is also shown by each name. Click on any of the Performer names and you jump directly to that Performer's page where you have access to MP3 files and MIDI files provided by the performer. The most recent songs can be auditioned as you scan the page. An alphabetical list of all the performer's songs is also provided. Click on any song name and your browser opens a separate tab (or window) where you can listen to the song and/or download it. Toward the top of each page, you find a "next" button on the right (and a "previous" button on the left) that moves you to the next (previous) performer in the list. There are over 4,100 MP3s that you can preview and/or download from the current Performer's pages.
Archived Performers - There are 3,800 additional songs available in the Archived Performers section. There are some very talented artists found in these archived pages. Each performer's page includes a short musical biography and a number of MP3s as well as all of the midi files created by this performer. The "Next" and "Previous" buttons can be used to browse through the list of performers.
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 494 MP3s available in the Christmas section.
Are There Songs For My Keyboard?
When PSR Tutorial was launched, performers were recording primarily on the PSR-2000, but over time, new keyboards were acquired and new Performers added. Today, you find songs recorded on almost all of Yamaha's arranger keyboard lineup including the top-of the line models (Genos, Tyros5, Tyros4, Tyros3, Tyros2, Tyros1, 9000Pro, and PSR-9000) as well as the intermediate models (PSR-SX900, PSR-S975, PSR-S970, PSR-S950, PSR-S910, PSR-S900, PSR-3000, PSR-2100, PSR-2000, and PSR-740). We even have songs recorded on Clavinova 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 the 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.
If you do not have a Yamaha keyboard, you can still enjoy songs 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 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 has a "Recent Songs" 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.
Some pages may have a table listing midi songs. By clicking on the song title, 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. Since midi files are so small, compressed zip files are provided that contain many midi files that can be downloaded in one file. You must, of course, unzip the file to get to the original midi files contained within. 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.
There are over 5,700 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 have an alphabetical MP3 Song Index on their page where you can audition and/or download any of their MP3 files. A "Recent Songs" Jukebox on the page holds the most recent songs from that performer. You can listen to them online while you read the page. An alphabetical index of all of the online MP3 files from all of the performers 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with some sample midi or MP3 files.