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How to Get Your Portable Keyboard Back to Sounding Like a Piano

Segue from complex sound to purely piano with the Portable Grand Button.

Even with the Yamaha entry-level PSR-E series of keyboards, the ever-growing multitude of features can be somewhat confusing – especially when you are trying to perform, switching from many voices and beats to play solo piano.

Enter the Portable Grand Button.

How does the Portable Grand Button work?

By pressing just the Portable Grand Button, you will return to playing a grand piano instrument Voice, while simultaneously disengaging any other modes or functions that were active in the keyboard.

When can the Portable Grand Button help you?

  • You’re performing and you’ve started a style with a drum beat playing. You now need to play piano without a back beat. One touch of the Portable Grand Button is all it takes to segue smoothly back.
  • You’re navigating the function menu, trying out new options and are on some screen you don’t recognize – and need to get back to a pure piano sound. The Portable Grand Button restores the sound immediately — no need to remember what you activated – or didn’t activate.
  • You dove into the Yamaha Educational Suite, diligently working on an exercise in MINUS ONE mode. Now you are ready to return to playing the piano. Simply press the Portable Grand Button, and voila!
  • Someone has been trying out all those cool features on your keyboard but simply has no idea how it works. Now you just want to play the piano… and all it takes is one button to restore sanity.

All this makes me reflect on a time when civilization was a little less – well, civilized. People had to manually stop a style from playing, manually disable Auto Accompaniment, then manually enter the number 001 on the numeric key pad to get to the piano – all while trying to perform or teach a piece of music coherently.

Thanks to the Portable Grand Button, we can all play easier, utilize our time more efficiently and focus on one of the most important matters in life – making more music!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Currently residing in Manhattan, Gabriel Aldort began his musical journey in Topanga, California - at the age of 6 - sitting alongside his Dad at the piano. Growing up, he was influenced by a number of styles and artists, ranging from Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles to Billy Joel and Elton John. As a New York City-sponsored subway musician, Gabriel can be found performing regularly throughout the subway system as part of Music Under New York. Today, he continues to juggle a schedule of musical diversity, including scoring, teaching and performing all manner of events.

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