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Yamaha To Sponsor Second Interactive Online Clinic

-Second in Series Hosted by Vinny Valentino and Jeff Andrews- (September 04, 2001)
Yamaha Guitars, in cooperation with Smartconnect, is currently sponsoring a series of online, interactive clinics, hosted by noted guitarist and educator Vinny Valentino and bassist Jeff Andrews.

Yamaha decided to expand and develop the series after the August 14 webcast drew a large number of participants. The next installment is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 7:30pm EDT, 4:30pm PT, and will be broadcast directly from Valentino's home studio in Teaneck, NJ.

The 90-minute clinics feature live streaming web audio, video and a moderated chat room. Using Real Player, participants will be able to chat and ask questions via ICQ (number 125074628), AOL Instant Messaging (at MusicClinics), and email. Complete details and a video trailer may be by viewed logging on to

"The response to our first event was incredible," notes Valentino, speaking of the August 14 webcast. "People are realizing that this concept is a great way to educate yourself on performing, composition, arranging and musical instruments.

"We've structured the clinics very much like one that people would see in a music store," he continues, "with a performance followed by a Q-and-A session. With the Web, you can reach a ton of people and give them a real immediacy-instant examples."

Webcasts include information on scales, chord changes, solos and lines, arranging and performance issues, with Valentino and Andrews playing solo and as a duet. Future installments will feature additional instrumentation, such as trios and quartets. Valentino plays a vintage Yamaha Pacifica and APX10, plus CPX15W and AEX1500 guitars, with Andrews playing a Yamaha TRBII electric bass; both use the recently-introduced DG Stomp box for effects.

"These webcasts add a new dimension to music education and performance clinics," states David Bergstrom, director of marketing, Combo Group, Yamaha Pro Audio & Combo Division. "With so many musicians using the Web today, we're confident that this will continue to be a successful venture. From a corporate standpoint, it's another outlet for Yamaha to provide innovative musical products and services."

Valentino has shared the stage and the recording studio with a variety of artists, including Tom Scott, George Benson, Patrice Rushen and Jimmy McGriff, and has appeared as a both guest and guest host on BET Network's "Bet on Jazz." He and his band have opened for Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra, Steve Morse and David Crosby, and continue to play concerts and festivals around the world.

Andrews has performed and toured extensively with Michael Brecker, Mike Stern, Vital Information, Branford Marsalis and the Wayne Shorter Quintet. In addition, he has served on the faculties of the Bass Collective, Mannes College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music's jazz program.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Guitar Products, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail; or visit

Yamaha Corporation of America manufactures a complete line of professional audio products for sound-reinforcement, project-studio, commercial-studio, post-production and broadcast applications.

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