How to Troubleshoot Yamaha Keyboard Buttons


Knowing how to troubleshoot your Yamaha keyboard buttons helps you save time so you can return to your keyboard playing.

  • Check to make certain you have the external clock set to the "Off" position if you press the "Start/Stop" button and the song or style will not play back. Press the "Function" button located on the first row of the front panel above your keyboard, press the "Category" buttons represented by directional arrows on the right of the front panel to select "External Clock," and then select "On" or "Off" by using the dial just above the "Category" buttons. When you have the external clock set to "On," this lets you know your keyboard is synchronized to clock signals from an external device. The "Off" position means your Yamaha keyboard is synchronized to its internal clock.

  • Expect your Yamaha keyboard to play no rhythm if you press the "Start/Stop" button after you select the pianist style Nos. 143 through 160 or after you select style No. 131. These style numbers do not have rhythm parts, so you will not hear a rhythm playing.

  • Press the "Style" button first before using a style-related function if you do not see the automatic accompaniment (ACMP) indicator when you press the "ACMP On/Off" button. The "Style" button lights up when pressed. Locate the "Style" button on the left of the "Category" buttons, above the "Voice" button. Find the "ACMP On/Off" button on the bottom row of all of the "Style" buttons, next to the Style label. The "ACMP" button allows you to automatically play the background chords in the ACMP keyboard area with your left hand, while playing a melody with your right hand.

  • Press the "Exit" button to get back to the main display if the display you desire does not appear when you press a "Voice," "Song," "Style" or "Easy Song Arranger" button. Locate the "Exit" button on the display panel near the lower right corner. At the main display, press one of these buttons again to get the display you want.


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