Yamaha Expands StarLIGHTS Music Collection

3/25/2005 [Pianos & Keyboards]

"Follow Lights" Style Software Illuminates a New World of Music for Clavinova Digital Piano Users; Book Series Compatible with Early Clavinova CVP Models

BUENA PARK, CA (March 25, 2005) — Yamaha Corporation of America, Piano Division, today announced the expansion of the popular StarLIGHTS series of musical software that lets beginners play favorite tunes on their Yamaha CVP Series Clavinova digital pianos using “Follow Lights” technology.

StarLIGHTS music software lets beginners play favorite tunes on their CVP Series Clavinova digital pianos.
The newest releases in the "light-themed" collection include Lights, Camera, Action, which features popular movie themes; Spotlight on Rodgers and Hammerstein; Moonlight Classics, a selection of popular classical pieces; and Light the Way, a compilation of beloved hymns.

These innovative book/disk packs enable users to play many of their favorite songs by simply "following the lights" above the keys on a CVP Clavinova with guide lamps or by reading music printed in popular E-Z Play® Today notation. In either case, users are guided at their own pace in a pleasant, non-pressured manner that eliminates sharp learning curves, pressured practice sessions and repetitive scales. To make the playing experience even more enjoyable, rich, creative orchestral accompaniments progressively build in the background while users play. Lyrics, chord symbols, and score notation with automatic page turns are displayed on the instrument’s built-in LCD screen.

“What began as a free 'Follow Lights' disk included with the purchase of the Clavinova has evolved into a highly popular product line in its own right,” says Jim Levesque, Clavinova marketing manager. “The exciting StarLIGHTS software series helps users get the most out of their Clavinovas by enabling them to play more of their favorite music than ever before.”

Yamaha Specialist and Marketing Consultant Craig Knudsen teamed with Yamaha Smart PianoSoft developer Jarrod Radnich to create the StarLIGHTS system, whose technological innovation eliminates the typical challenges that stand between users and a lifetime of musical enjoyment. According to this year’s 2005 MusicSoft catalogue, StarLIGHTS titles are already the top four best ClaviSoft sellers overall.

The new releases join such established titles as Spotlight on Andrew Lloyd Webber, a compilation of music by the composer; Delightful Favorites, a set of well-known standards; StarLIGHTS and Stripes, which features patriotic songs; Lightly Reminiscing, a collection of nostalgic melodies; and Christmas Lights, a unique collection of Christmas standards and recent hits. Future releases include Light Jazz, Country Delights, Music by Candlelight and The Lights of Broadway.

The book series is “backward-compatible” to early Clavinova CVP Series models, so that owners of the CVP 90, 100 and 200 series can all use this “Follow Lights” type software. More experienced musicians will appreciate the series’ progressive nature, which allows them to follow the lights with either or both hands.

For more information on the StarLIGHTS book Series, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Piano Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; or e-mail infostation@yamaha.com.

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