Yamaha Piano Sound in a Portable Package -- Perfect for Beginners!
If you're shopping for a portable keyboard for a beginning piano student, you're probably looking for an instrument without a ton of bells and whistles. But here's a secret: when you start a piano student out on a keyboard that's irresistibly fun to play, they'll actually look forward to practicing! The Yamaha YPG-235 combines industry-leading grand piano sound with a host of features designed to make learning to play a blast. It's ideal for the student or hobbyist performer looking to bridge the gap between acoustic piano and portable keyboard.
A Serious Instrument
Before you even begin to play, the first thing you'll notice about the YPG-235 is its size. Smaller 61-key keyboards can leave frustrated pianists reaching for keys that aren't there. Although the YPG-235 is only 18 pounds, it's a substantial 76-key model that looks and feels like a serious instrument. The YPG-235 comes with a sturdy music rest that attaches securely in slots at the top edge, and easily detaches when you'd like an unobstructed line of sight with your audience. The unobtrusive LED display glows cool blue with a handy display of the musical staff and preview of the keyboard. And while other portable keyboards have puny on-board speakers, the YPG-235 boasts a room-filling 12-watt 2-way stereo speaker system. If you prefer to practice in privacy, simply plug in headphones to the 1/4-inch jack.
Authentic Piano Sound
Yamaha builds some of the world's top-quality acoustic pianos, so it stands to reason that their digital instruments are also built to a high standard. "YPG" stands for Yamaha Portable Grand, and it's no exaggeration: expressive, detailed grand piano sound is the crown jewel of the YPG-235. Piano-style Graded Soft Touch keys are heavier to the touch as you move lower on the keyboard and lighter on the higher notes, just like a real acoustic piano. Optimized for beginners, the non-weighted keys are touch-sensitive for greater expression. And speaking of expression, you can add even more realism to your performance with the sustain pedal input, built-in pitch wheel, and on-board Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ, and Harmony effects.
...Plus 488 More Instruments
Get ready to rock out with a grand total of 489 high-quality on-board sounds! Just press the Voice button and spin the jog wheel to scroll through pianos, organs, guitar, bass, strings, horns, drums, synths, and beyond. You can play two instruments simultaneously with a press of the Dual On/Off button, or play two different instruments with your left and right hands using the Split function. When you just want to play piano, touch the black "Portable Grand" button to return to the industry-leading grand piano sound. With the jog wheel and dedicated buttons, the YPG-235 couldn't be easier to navigate.
Learn To Play In Style
This is where the intermediate keyboardist can really get cooking. The YPG-235 has an auto-accompaniment feature that generates rhythm, bass, and chords in any style you choose, to go along with chords you play with your left hand. Press the Style button to select one of 160 Styles, from 60s Guitar Pop to Ibiza trance. Then press the start button to start the rhythm, adjust the tempo, and play a left-hand chord to start the style. Even if you don't know chords, the YPG-235 can follow the root notes you play with just one finger. Even your piano warm-up exercises are fun to play when there's a drum kit backing you up!
Master a Song At Your Own Pace
Want to really impress Mom? Press the Song button and scroll the jog wheel to choose one of 30 favorite on-board songs. Slow down the song's tempo to play along at your own pace, using the buttons like a tape deck to play, rewind, fast-forward, reverse and pause. The Yamaha Education Suite, or Y.E.S., steps you through the song, each hand separately, then together. Once you've got the notes down, you'll learn to play them with the correct timing, and finally you'll be playing along with the YPG-235 backing you up. And if you miss a phrase, press the "Repeat & Learn" button to go back four measures and try again. At the end of your performance, you'll get an evaluation and a chance to try again or move on to the next step. It's a little like playing a video game -- just a lot more educational.
Record Your Own Tunes
The YPG-235 has an has an easy-to-use 6-track sequencer that lets you record five of your own compositions and save them as User Songs. Play along with the metronome, with your recorded performance, or any of the on-board Styles. Not sure which Style suits your music? Browse the Music Database and choose a sound you like based on 300 classics -- rock ballads to show tunes. Then lay down your tracks in any order you like. You can individually access, re-record or delete each track layer from dedicated front-panel buttons. Time to back up your creations? Transfer your songs to your computer via a printer-style USB cable, using the Yamaha's included Musicsoft Downloader software. And while you're at it, add any of the 70 songs on the included CD-ROM to your YPG-235's internal memory.
Don't Forget The Power Adapter
Pick up one of zZounds' bundles, and make sure you get the optional power adapter along with your YPG-235 keyboard! Choose a bundle with stand, headphones, and power adapter, or choose the Survival Kit accessory pack that includes a power adapter, headphones, foot switch for use as a sustain pedal, a DVD with learn-to-play software, and a two-year extended warranty from Yamaha.
- 76 touch-sensitive keys
- 489 high-quality on-board sounds, including impressive stereo grand piano
- Easy-to-use interface with backlit LCD, dedicated buttons, and jog wheel
- Split, layer, or transpose the keyboard
- 160 Styles -- practice playing in rhythm at any tempo
- Powerful 12-watt speaker system
- 1/4-inch headphone jack
- Sustain pedal jack
- Pitch bend wheel
- Can run on 6 D batteries or with an optional power adapter
- Learn 30 on-board songs with the Yamaha Education Suite
- Included CD-ROM bundles 70 more songs and Musicsoft Downloader software
- USB port -- connect the YPG-235 to your Mac or PC
PA-150 Power Cord (Not Included)*
*Optional AC Adapter: PA-150 (only included where explicitly stated)
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