Heikki Kahkola

(Aug, 2005) I started playing the piano when I was about six, and my parents had me take piano lessons. That didn't work out. I was too lazy and never learned to read music. I found it's more fun to just let myself play, without staring at a piece of paper to figure out what note to play next. I just "knew". Whatever

In the early 80's I got a primitive Casio keyboard that had maybe 10 different styles, and I guess that's when my "arranger keyboard career" began. During the years I went through several Casio models, until a few years ago I discovered the PSR-2000 at a local store. They also had a Tyros that I tested, but I knew I could only dream. The most amazing thing about these keyboards was the built-in Vocoder, and the idea of a "one man band" fascinated me. I ended up getting the PSR-2000 and also started to sing. Again, I never took singing lessons or anything, just bought a microphone, hooked it to the PSR-2000 and off I went.

By the time the PSR-3000 was released, I had already gotten pretty much everything I could out of the PSR-2000 and I wanted more. I've now have had the PSR-3000 for about a year, and done a few live gigs with it (wedding, parties, etc.). It really sounds amazing, and the feedback I'm getting is encouraging me to perform more. Now there's talk of a Tyros 2 in a few months time. I have given into my fate, I know I cannot sleep thinking what it will be capable of so I will sell my car if I have to. I'm planning on doing a website with some samples and get into some serious performing next year, probably at weddings and such. Let's see how it all goes!

UPDATE 7th November 2005! I have now had my Tyros2 for about a week, and it is truly amazing. The new instrument sounds and responsive key feel really make this machine every performer's dream, amateur and pro alike! Stay tuned for more volumes from me for the Tyros2!

-- hk

Heiki's MIDI Songs

midi Heikki provided 10 songs in midi format. These were created on the PSR-3000. 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). You can download Heikki's 10 MIDI songs in this file:

Heikk's MIDI songs
Title T TS L C Style V K
Bonita Nina 114 4/4 N Y Tango1 01 3k
Countryside Mazurka 144 3/4 N Y ItalianMazurka 01 3k
El Cumbanchero 131 4/4 N Y 01 3k
Fly Me To The Moon 132 4/4 N Y BossaNova1 01 3k
Pennies From Heaven 176 4/4 N Y AcousticJazz 01 3k
Sakkijarvi Polka 126 4/4 N Y 01 3k
Solenzara 113 4/4 N Y Beguine 01 3k
Summer Samba 132 4/4 N Y SlowBossa 01 3k
Swan's Hideout 77 4/4 N Y PowerBallad 01 3k
Twangy Medley 179 4/4 N Y 60sGuitarPop 01 3k