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Some musicians deem the Yamaha YPG-235 as a little brother to the Yamaha YPG-535. If you compare these two pianos, you will see only one noticeable difference. The YPG-535 features a full-size keyboard – 88 keys. The YPG-235 includes just 76 keys. Most pianists find that the 76 keys are sufficient.
Overview of Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano
- Budget-friendly Portable Grand Piano
If you are a pianist who wants a budget-friendly piano, the Yamaha YPG-235 is a great choice. Students who have moved to this keyboard from a beginner’s model will find that it meets their needs for a long time. The 76 keys are not weighted, but closely resemble the real keys on a piano. They feature Yamaha’s Graded Soft Touch (GST) that provides various levels of sensitivity to touch.
- Provides a Full Keyboard Mode
The Yamaha YPG-235 provides a unique fingering mode called Full Keyboard Mode. When this mode is enabled, the pianist will be able to use the keyboard in the same way they would a piano. For instance, the musician would still use their right hand to play a chord while using their left hand to play bass notes. Use the virtual band feature to add chords for a fun accompaniment. Usually, portable keyboards require the pianist to play chords using the keyboard’s left side. This is the exact opposite of what most pianists are accustomed to. So, this version of Yamaha’s portable keyboard provides a way to play in the “normal” way.
- Learning is Easy With the Yamaha Education Suite
With more than 30 songs built into the piano and an external CD that includes 70 additional songs, the YPG-235 makes learning fun. All these outstanding features are part of the Yamaha Education Suites. The songs are divided into left and right hand parts. Learners will enjoy seven stages of lessons along with a convenient chord dictionary.
- 6-Track Recorder/Sequencer
The 6-track sequencer is a great way to record a student’s performance or your own songs. The Yamaha YPG-235 provides a 6-track recorder that can record one or many instrument parts at a time.
- Flash Drive and USB Connectivity
In addition to the collection of over 100 songs (either built-in or on CD), the Yamaha YPG-235 includes computer connectivity by using USB. With this connection, you have the ability to download additional songs and store them on the Flash ROM. Once downloaded, you can use the Yamaha Education Suite to assist you in learning how to play the new songs. Connecting is simple by using the PC button. There is no need to waste your practice time going through menus and selections, just press the PC button and you have instant access to the music on the Internet and your own PC. Additionally, once you have made your PC connection, you can easily record songs onto your PC or Mac, do a bit of editing if needed, and send them to your family and friends. Songs are always played back with the right quality and tone because of XGlite and GM (General MIDI) compatibility.
- Easy to Operate
The Yamaha Keyboard YPG-235 offers many features that make it easy for you to be an expert user from day one.
Enhanced music collection. Use song titles to set up the keyboard. The keyboard chooses the right voice for the melody on the right hand, the most appropriate style and the right tempo. All you have to do is select a song title then begin playing.
Change settings with one touch. With One Touch Settings (OTS), the keyboard offers a suggested voice complete with style and effects. When you choose Jazz, the OTS might be a piano. If the style is Latin, the OTS might be an acoustic guitar. For Rock style – a guitar with overdrive.
Save your preferred settings. When you have the keyboard settings adjusted to your needs, simply make a digital snapshot by saving it to one of the Registration buttons. You have the capacity for loading and saving up to 16 registrations in the piano’s memory. You will find the Registration buttons right above the keyboard.
Performance assistant. Yamaha’s Performance Assistant technology ensures that you never play the incorrect chord, tune, or note. This is how the technology works. You choose the song you want to play, hit the Performance Assistant button Chord Mode, and then start playing. You can press any piano notes you want to play. Each note played fits the music. When you play higher notes, the pitch follows. If you play deeper, bass notes, then the pitch follows you down as well. You have the tools for playing a gorgeous arpeggio, playing chords in rhythm, or performing by yourself. All you need to do is be sure you have turned on the Performance Assistant button.
Just think, you will be concert-ready from the moment you arrive home with your keyboard. That’s just how awesome performance assistant technology is. The included Chord/Free Mode is one of the newest features offered by Yamaha. When using this mode, pianists can play a right-hand melody while the keyboard corrects any incorrect left-hand notes. This lets the pianist focus on learning one hand then the other. Just play the melody you know with your right and the left notes will be added to make a gorgeous sound. This feature works with XF MIDI files as well as the sounds stored on the piano.
- Polyphony (32 Notes) and Multitimbral (16 Parts)
When discussing electronic pianos, one must consider that greater polyphone is equal to higher quality sound. Additionally, a greater memory capacity will be needed. Of course, more polyphony does mean better sound and fewer dropouts when playing complex music pieces. The Yamaha YPG-235 piano features 32-note polyphony and play back 16 sounds or parts at once. You will find that these specifications meet or exceed your needs.
- Portable Grand Piano
Just push the Portable Grand button and the whole keyboard becomes a piano that is just right for practice sessions. The Yamaha line has a reputation for producing quality instruments. You will notice their meticulous craftsmanship in this line as well. The clear, rich tone produced by the Yamaha YPG-235 is outstanding. You can also add a sustain pedal by plugging one into the jack located on the side opposite the keys to keep cords and cables out of your way.
- Yamaha Education Suite
- Graded Soft Touch great for music students
- Excellent for saving ideas
- Connects to other devices via USB
- Outstanding speaker sound quality
- For anyone pursuing advanced piano training, the 76-key piano may be insufficient
- A fully weighted keyboard typically outperforms the Graded Soft Touch
- MIDI Connectivity is missing on this piano.