How to play guitar on a keyboard or - what are Super Articulation Voices® (SA, SA2)?

First of all: if you have a guitar, flute or brass sound in front of you, you have to play it like it is played on a guitar, flute, saxophone,
trumpet. You also play "piano" on a piano and "organ" on an organ!

Quite simply, this means that an instrument sound must be played instrument-specifically, otherwise it does not sound like the original instrument.
For example, on a wind instrument, only one note sounds at a time, and on a guitar, completely different chord layering (voicings) is possible than on a piano keyboard. In addition, one also has other articulation possibilities.

In order to be able to play the sounds mentioned on a keyboard, a current keyboard has numerous playing aids, and of course the latest sound technology also helps:

These sounds/tones/voices behave like the natural models (wind instruments, guitars). The sound of the instruments depends, among other things, on whether

  • "legato" or
  • played "staccato" or
  • is set off after a phrase, or
  • how large the intervals played are.

A special playing technique is not necessary. You just have to study a little about the original instruments you want to play on the keyboard.

Very special in terms of timbres are the Super Articulation2 Voices (SA2) in the Genos or other Yamaha instruments. These tones use Yamaha's proprietary "AEM" technology. It provides particularly expressive samples of the characteristic playing styles of the respective original instrument.

Playing a Super Articulation2 voice offers completely new possibilities

  • To bend pitches,
  • to glide elegantly into tones,
  • Combine sounds in a variety of ways, or
  • to add various nuances of sound to them at the end as a conclusion to the note played
  • when playing an SA2 voice, completely new different playing styles (staccato, legato) are offered,
  • Adds different articulation effects to the voice
  • differently struck intervals also call up different and impressively realistic samples
  • The duration of the notes played also plays a role in the playback of the AEM samples.
  • Each of the SA2 voices has a typical Vibrato setting for this instrument, which can be changed via playing aids (joystick / modulation wheel).

Here, too, no special playing technique is required, only knowledge of the tone production of the respective original instrument:


acoustic: nylon, flamenco, steel plectrum, plucked or with thumb, dobro

electric: clean, distorted, jazzy


Saxophone, flugelhorn, trumpet, flutes


Fretless, Slap and Contra

"Twang" - The Sound of clean country guitar

SemiAcoustic with "Boutique DC Blues


By the way, the SA2 functions can also be switched off:

Menu - Menu2 - Voice Setting - S.Art 2 / Arpeggio - S.Art 2 Auto Articulation

  • Head - Joint - Tail On/Off