Winning both the 2007 Product of the Year and Keyboard of the Year awards from Music & Sound Retailer, the Yamaha YPG635 is a superb addition to Yamaha’s range of piano-focused portables.
Unusually Portable with 88 Keys
The most obvious benefit to this instrument is that it features an 88 key weighted action keyboard, which is unusual for a portable. The Graded Hammer Standard keyboard makes it the perfect answer for pianists looking for the practicality of a portable keyboard, with the feel of an acoustic piano. It enables piano students to build strength in their fingers and to grow accustomed to the way an acoustic plays, whilst also benefiting from all the modern technology of an electronic instrument.
Special Fingering Mode
Another reason that the Yamaha YPG635 may appeal to pianists is that it has a special mode of fingering called Full Keyboard Mode. This enables you to play chords with your right hand and bass notes with your left, which is usual practice for acoustic pianists. Traditional electronic portable keyboards require chords to be played on the left of the keyboard.
Like many modern Yamaha keyboards, the YPG635 has a number of ultra modern features such as USB MIDI for computer connectivity, USB TO DEVICE for downloading onto USB storage devices, a 6 track sequencer and a backlit LCD.
Students will find the Yamaha Education Suite useful, with 30 built in songs to play along with, and an extra 70 on CD-ROM. They can also use a multi media internet service to download music books and tips on playing their portable keyboard.
The only problem that you might encounter with instrument is that it only features 32 notes of polyphony. This is a low amount for an 88 key instrument and you may find that some notes drop out in particularly dense musical passages. To get 96 notes of polyphony you would need to upgrade to the PSR 1500 Portable Keyboard. This also includes 700 musical voices and a 16 track sequencer. However, if you are mainly using the keyboard as a piano substitute 32 notes of polyphony will be more than adequate.