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Yamaha launches world's first piano that can scan any iTunes track and teach you how to play it

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Laura  Barnes
Yamaha launches world's first piano that can scan any iTunes track and teach you how to play it

Yamaha’s Clavonia CSP series will be available in September 2017.

Yamaha has introduced the world’s first instruments that can scan audio songs in the user’s iTunes library and analyse the chord structure to produce a music score that appears directly on the piano.

The Clavinova CSP series features interactive “Stream Lights” above each key, turning piano lessons into a Guitar Hero-esque game.

These new instruments effectively “gamify” the piano experience, using game-like elements to inspire users to instantly play their favourite songs with original artist recordings and perform increasingly complex arrangements.

With the heart of a CVP and the svelte, stylish body of a CLP, the CSP is the first Clavinova where most of the features are accessed through a tablet device, using an exclusive app called Smart Pianist.

At the centre of this remarkable innovation is the app’s unique Audio-to-Score function, which analyses iTunes music files that already reside on an iPad (Android support coming spring 2018), then generates a piano accompaniment and a chart of chord symbols for those songs.

This is displayed on the device placed in front of the user, and tethered to the CSP via direct connectors for both iOS and Android devices hidden behind the music rack. As the selected song plays, Stream Lights – a ladder of four cascading LED lights above each key – illuminate in rhythmic sync with the song’s tempo, beginning with the light farthest from the key. The key should finally be struck as the closest light turns on. This gives the player advance notice of which note to play next.

“For the first time, music lovers who were previously content with passively listening to their favourite songs can now play the music of their lives, and jam along with their favourite artists, providing inspiring accompaniment the first time they sit down at the CSP,” said Dane Madsen, marketing manager for digital pianos at Yamaha.

“Music lovers who have always wanted to learn to play the piano can now fulfil what for many is a lifelong dream.”

The complexity of the accompaniment is adjustable via settings that determine how many notes are required in each hand, whether arpeggios or other piano techniques are called for, and more. Once a player is comfortable with accompanying a song at a basic level, he or she can go back and try a more advanced treatment. Adding to the enjoyment are 100 popular and classical songs by the likes of Adele, Sting, Elton John and Coldplay built into the app, along with 303 lessons by Beyer, Czerny, Hanon and Burgmüller.

Yamaha has painstakingly sampled two of its finest concert grand pianos – the Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial – and has integrated these sounds into the CSP. Expressiveness and realism are further enhanced by Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM), which meticulously recreates the myriad internal vibrations, as well as key-off samples, which replicate the tone produced when the damper comes to rest on a string in an acoustic piano.

The Clavinova CSP-150 (MSRP $3,999.00) and CSP-170 ($5,399.00) are available in either matte black or polished ebony finishes, and will be available nationwide starting in September 2017.

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Tags: Yamaha, piano, itunes, new gear, Clavonia CSP series

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