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Dear Sir,

On some Yamaha keyboards, in the styles section, I saw there are 8-beat and 16-beat ballad styles. To my ear, the styles sound very similar, so I don't know the differences, especially when one tries to write a song for these styles.

Could you pls explain?

Thank you

    yes, the styles are the ''same'' (similar) for 8 beat/ 16 beat choices,
i also have this same keyboard
you'll have to LISTEN for the subdivisions of the beat to notice the difference
the 16 beat choice, will sound a bit more involved and complicated with more
happening in that selection...
     so if you want a simple accomp. then you pick the 8 beat choice
and if you want more notes and sounds to the beat you pick the 16 beat choice
    sometimes people WANT TO ADD their own pattern of notes, and then pick the
simple choice, and if you want the keyboard to do more for you, then you pick the 16 beat choice,,
experiment on these two choices and listen to it with what you want to play

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