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Music / Re: the piano help thread! :D
« on: August 21, 2017, 06:41:55 AM »
Okie, so this will be a classical (post-romantic actually) question. I know daj doesn't like Rach, but, anyway:

Hehe, I'm happy you brought it up on this thread Insig! ^^ While it is true that I don't really like Rach (guys, bigger might not mean better), and i haven't played this piece, from the Rach stuff I've done and studied I think I can give a decent answer :)

I don't think I'll ever even dare to attempt this etude though, and honestly on the high-level classical side I'm not that amazing - so do take this as a suggestion and nothing more :p

This part is perhaps the easiest part of the entire piece, which... ain't fun. But, this part gives me trouble in particular because of the awkward chords. Any alternate fingerings would be appreciated, since the ones I've found mean I can't hold the tied notes or do the legato properly.

I thought about it for a bit, and here's what I have:
RH: 2/5 - 1/3 - 1/2/3/5, tied 3
LH: 5/1 - 2 - 5/3/2/1, tied 2

Rach probably didn't have the reach to hit octaves with 1/3 or 3/5, but he does suggest single-finger turns (i.e. no wristing) to hit weird stretches in some figurations like this one. The G minor prelude is full of those, and it's bloody annoying xD

With this fingering, you can use finger turns for full legato for every note except the bottom note of the right-hand chord across the bar. This is a semitone snap-motion from a white key to a black key, which is quite hard to execute (vertical wrist-flick, pivot on the tied note), but probably easier than the alternatives, especially if you want the legato ^^

As an aside, most of us mortals with normal-or-less sized hands cannot do a finger turn from an octave without some wristing - this is for the left hand part. So the focus should be restoring the hand's position for the full chord as soon as possible, after being left in a weird position from twisting over from 1/5 to 2.

...hope this makes sense, really hope it works. All the best! :)

Music / Re: the piano help thread! :D
« on: August 21, 2017, 12:30:06 AM »
How difficult is Littleroot Town? Just finished kakariko and was thinking of trying it.'s quite tough. I'd suggest holding it off for a while - but if you'd like, I've got a "beginner's" version arrangement of this track somewhere in the cloud, I can share that with you ;)

Technically, there's some pretty challenging figures you need to execute: the toughest of which is the cross-hand jumps which have to be done within an eighth note/quaver. Then, musically, there's lots of subtle details that give the track its essence - the grace notes to chords, middle voice weaving in the second section, huge unpredictable jumps in the left hand...stuff I wouldn't consider within the reach of people who'd just started out like yourself ^^;

It is really humbling, though, to hear that you're interested in trying this sheet of mine out. Thanks for that, hehe ^^

Right! I'd just like to recommend Yug Guy's "Summers" (EB) sheet to you guys and sell it a little, hehe ^^

I think I'll be doing this for some of the lesser-known sheets that aren't that tough. Music is better appreciated with guidance and context, you know ;)

"Summers, Eternal Tourist Trap"
arr. Yug Guy

Biggest technical challenges:
- A bunch of huge leaps that have to be done in tempo
- That intricate-ish dyad passage at the last line
- 1/1 jumps in the left hand in swing, and catching chords with 5432 fingering

Biggest musical challenges:
- counting the swing rhythm: rather, feeling the swing rhythm.
- actually having fun, because come on this sheet is so full of swag


I won't lie - I played this with basically zero context. I played Earthbound, but didn't really like the combat system and gave up at the Moonside quest.

What I do know about this piece is the nature of Earthbound music: quirky, playful, kinda unrefined (mostly). Which makes an arrangement as lively as this one ultra fun to play if you just let go and play by feel :)

I think, if you'd like to significantly reduce the technical difficulty of this sheet, cut notes from the first chord of each bar from the third line onwards. It still sounds okay ^^

But this is one of those sheets that I wanted to play for like, ten whole repeats on end. It's so fun haha. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed :)

And thank you Yug Guy for the sheet! ^^

Off-Topic / Re: Relationships
« on: August 14, 2017, 11:55:30 PM »
Looking back an hour later it was clear I hadn't had my coffee yet but even if it was harsh my basic opinion remains the same

Good luck!

Was considering giving you an equally harsh retort for about a split-second haha, but hey, you can't deny good criticism when it goes down. So once again, thank you ^^

plus i've done music performance for long enough haha criticism is normal by this point

Off-Topic / Re: Relationships
« on: August 14, 2017, 02:29:57 PM »
Open and honest communication is key, don't just try to figure out if she's into you like a high schooler would. That's just dumb. Make a move or tell her how you feel or ask her how she feels like a grown-up.

Exactly the reply I needed, haha, thank you so much :)

Yeah! ^^ I'm not going to just stand about and play the whole "guess who has a crush on who" thing. I'm going to do something.

Emotions are irrational things I suppose, ahaha. Thanks for the wake up call ^^

Off-Topic / Re: Relationships
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:02:14 AM »
soooo ummm this is going to be a bit weird haha, the fact that i'm posting in this topic here, bumping it super hard, but give me some space please, much apologies ^^;


Last week, I went out with this amazing girl (won't break the details hehe) and at the end of it all, we were in her uni room chilling for about two hours or so. Just the two of us.

It's one of those rooms for one, and she's single.

Just wondering, and perhaps more so to the ladies out there any other situation where you'd let a guy into your room and basically sit around with him for two hours? :p

more details, if you're interested ahaha
I know, I know - in some cultures a relationship would have started right there. But honestly, I've been reluctant to starting a relationship while I'm serving my military service (cuz I can't go home during the week and can't be there for the other party) and I've been making myself blind to all these advances quite a bit.

But when you have a signal as obvious as this...I don't know. I've been trying to hold this little relationship out to after my service, but come on. And it was only today that I suddenly realised "wait, why else would a single girl let a single guy into her room??" and now I'm dying a bit inside ahaha.

Yes, I like her a lot. I have plans to hold the relationship up for the remaining three months of my army service, then finally start committing to it on the day I return to normal life. I really don't want to start it now, because when you have a partner who isn't even physically there five days a week...that would suck.


What I really don't want is for her to think that I don't like her back, if she does like me. Because that's one of the worst possible feelings in the world - I'm feeling just a bit of that today, but she must be feeling so much of it if she just invited me to her room and I didn't confess. While I am the tiniest bit worried that this gets hostile and we break the perfect little more-than-friends relationship we've built to this point (she's not that kind of person, but hey), I am more worried that this distracts her and bogs her down just as her uni semester starts. Confessing would reaaally clear a lot of the fog for both of us, I suppose.

But at the same time, if I do confess to'd be a terrible time to do so. Until two and a half months later, I can't even be there for her, physically. It'd be irresponsible to expect her to be okay with this kind of relationship, and I really really don't want to put her through that.

All that said, though...I will find my solution. Give it enough thought and alone time and I probably will end up doing something. But the reason why I posted this today is partially to get it off my chest somewhere, and partially to gather a little more justification that I've really been quite blind.


...It's probably a bad idea to post this online. But I've gotten to the point that if I don't do something with the feelings inside, I'll start going all emo and being nasty to people. Which would suck. So there's very little to lose, I suppose ^^

And while it'll be a cool idea to talk about this to people in real life, I really don't want rumours to spread yet. External influences can really mess with the sincerity and authenticty of a relationship. I guess people who know me could find this post if they tried hard enough...but they couldn't be that desperate. So hey, it'd be a cool story to share to you guys at least :)

Thank you so much for reading up to this point, guys. <3 Appreciate it~

A couple things I noticed right away. The PDF of the first page is somewhat cut off at the bottom. Also, you don't have a second page title.

...well then. This is embarassing. xD

So that's what they meant with that whole "print size is different" thing. My bad, my bad ^^;

I'll fix it in a bit! ^^

Music / Re: the piano help thread! :D
« on: August 13, 2017, 02:42:46 PM »
Anyone have a recommendation for a sheet I could learn that's good for a new pianist but will help me progress some? I've kind of in a rut right now. I've been trying mimiga town but I can't get the left hand yet for the 2nd part and would like something to try on the side.

Am a Pokemon and zelda fan (only really enjoy the older zelda music wind waker and before), super mario galaxy is great too but I think all of those are probably too hard.

Honestly, when I checked up the sheet for "Mimiga Town", I laughed a bit. It's one of those sheets I'll look at and instantly give up. xD Too much counting, and it's not exactly feel-able.


If you're a Pokemon and Zelda fan, here's some stuff I've got, and if you'd like to keep it as un-intricate as possible:

"Song of Healing" from Majora's Mask
Definitely. It's got a beautiful melody, and you don't even need to pedal to make it sound good. As long as you enjoy the melody and can count 3/4, I think you can nail this sheet and enjoy it :)

"Story" from Minish Cap
Another beautiful tune, and the left hand part will be tough at first, but the "bass note + chord" figuration is quite common in piano works, so it's very useful to work early. ^^ Plus, you can take your time and this will still sound amazing.

Any Ocarina Tune from OoT :p
They're all quite nice to play! Plus, you could perform then in a series, which is cool :)

"Pokemon League" from Pokemon DPPt
I think this is an amazing sheet to pick up once you've mastered a few previous ones. It's technically quite simple, but musically challenging. If it's tough, cut notes from the chords and cut grace notes - it'll still sound quite okay. And hey, you probably know this tune <3

"An Unwavering Heart" from Pokemon BW
It's quite challenging musically, and you need to plan the way you play the middle voices a bit, but it is absolutely beautiful once you nail it. Taught me a bunch of techniques like double chord spreads and "ghosting" notes, so it's really got a fair bit of musical depth. Notes are not that straightforward but fun to learn - probably won't hurt to cut the middle voice in the second section too ^^

"Title Screen" from OoT
Deku's arrangement is absolutely on-point and super awesome when you get it, but you need to pedal quite well and do some left-hand leaps. It's quite manageable at a slower and freer tempo though :)

Hope that's enough suggestions to get you started! When you say you're a beginner, I'm assuming you mean you've played less than ten or so sheets, so I suggested the sheets that weren't that intricate over the ones that were actually easier to play in terms of hitting the notes. All the best for your learning! ^^

Music / Re: Looking for YOUR easy sheets for a Youtube playlist! ^^
« on: August 13, 2017, 08:27:16 AM »
Shouldn't these videos be set to Unlisted so we can see them? Or did you mean to set it to Private?

They're scheduled! ^^ I do need to keep up a constant stream of content, ahaha, so no one should know that I did 17 videos in advance even though it is blatantly obvious that I did.

This one is just a little thing that I really need to do because Youtube is Youtube, derp. ^^; That said, all the sheets (and scans) are ready for access in the folder if you'd like to check those out :)


Hey, we all know this one ^^

Music / Re: Looking for YOUR easy sheets for a Youtube playlist! ^^
« on: August 13, 2017, 06:28:29 AM »
I think I have the two simplest sheets on site, both in the Mario section:

"Countdown to race start" from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and "Retro Theme 2" from Super Mario Galaxy. That last one might require a rather large finger/arm span, but the timing and keys should not be particularly hard to pull off.

Mm, thanks for the suggestions man! ^^ But I think these are good examples of sheets I won't include in this collection - lemme explain myself and hop on your suggestions as a starting point, if i may:

While, yes, people want to play something that's simple, if you're going to put in effort into searching for a sheet to play and learning it, you'd like a rewarding experience as the end product. So, minimum effort for maximum reward - minimum difficulty for maximum satisfaction.

Musical satisfaction is a product of, mainly, musical progression - in theory, "structural progression". You'd like to hear the progression of a melody that keeps coming back in different moods, because that outlines a metaphysical journey of some sort that our ears follow. In essence, I believe the main essence of a satisfying piece is good structure.

While little snippets of music like these are nice, there's very little structural progression to it, and if you were to commit the effort to learning these, chances are you'd be disappointed that at the end of it, you just played a jingle that ends as it is. You want to create a musical journey and draft it to your personal compass, and for that, you need structure. :)

A nice little example: "Kass' Theme" from Breath of the Wild (arr. Latios212) ends in 30 seconds if you do the repeat, which is probably shorter than your "Retro Theme 2"...but within the 15-second repeat of music, you get the development of a two-bar melody and a recurring motif with harmonic movement - big words for "musical movement in a clear direction".

Hope this makes sense, and sorry I had to make an example out of your suggestions haha. </3 Thank you for suggesting, though ^^

Music / Re: the piano help thread! :D
« on: August 13, 2017, 04:30:55 AM »
That would be amazing :o


(also excuse the general messiness ahaha, i did spend quite a bit of myself learning this one xD)

Music / Re: the piano help thread! :D
« on: August 12, 2017, 05:35:05 PM »
Now this is a topic that I like. Maybe we could get this pinned in the help topic?

ahh seb i love you haha you know i do ^^


So for your arrangement of national park, I've gotten the ascending portion of the cadenza down comfortably, but I can't figure out fingerings for the descending portion straight after.

First of all, thank you for learning my National Park haha, I hope it'll be a meaningful enough journey learning that sheet xD

As for the descending part of the cadenza - the fingerings I used are 3-2-| 1-2-3, where the line denotes a split between the right hand and the left hand. The whole flourish downwards is played on one pedal. You're not expected to play that passage with full legato on one hand...that's just evil. :p Hopefully you weren't trying to do that.

In general, for these cadenzas, as long as you can find a fingering that is comfortable and can sound convincing (when played confidently and with pedal)'ve nailed it. Cadenzas are where, in the moment of performance, you use the maximum amount of cheating power you've got to make an impression even if you don't know what the fuck is going on, so to achieve this condition you need to be comfortable ^^

If you'd like, I can dig out my old sheets of National Park and scan them for your reference! :) And hope this helped a little~

Music / Re: the piano help thread! :D
« on: August 12, 2017, 01:21:45 PM »
So first dumb question! If there is a note with a sharp but no key for that note (i.e. The treble E note right here:   ) do you always jump up to the exact next key, F in this case?

Mmhmm! Exactly what Waluigi said :)

As a side note, if you'd like to understand the rationale behind this, and for anyone interested in the harmony stuff behind the scenes: E# exists because it wants to resolve (i.e. melodically progress) to F#. Similarly, Cb exists because it wants to resolve down to Bb. These seemingly extrarreneous sharps/flats and the whole double-sharp/flat thing - these show melodic resolving tendencies. So if you see an E# on the score you can almost certainly expect an F# right after it, possibly decorated with notes in between ^^

Music / the piano help thread! :D
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:42:41 AM »
This is a thread thing to ask for technical advice! ^^
(and it was totally approved, yayy)

(hey, gotta have a picture if you want your thread to look decent, yknow~)

"technical advice"??

- Physical stuff, like posture, fingering, techniques etc.
- Also includes the mental side of things, like handling recording anxiety, handling boredom in practice, quick-study methods, all of that
- Emotional things, I guess: if you're going to quit, or if practice is driving you nuts, get. xD

Or, if you're stuck with a particular passage in a particular sheet, feel free to quote it here! If you're lucky, the original arranger might give you a helping hand~

Also, none of us are professionals here, I believe - you will not be getting advice from experts/specialists in the piano, but you should be able to gather enough opinions and ideas to formulate your own approach. I like to think I'm quite experienced on the instrument, especially when it comes to learning easy-to-moderate-level pieces with maximum speed and minimum effort. Doesn't make me a pro, but I could help clear up the fog ahead of you just a little ^^

all are invited! ^^

Also, this is not just my thread haha - you can respond to any question if you think it contributes positively to the asker. As long as you have some advice to share and there are topic/questions that need to be answered, feel free to chip in! :) The more opinions there are, the better the learning process.

That said, try to stay civil I suppose. Criticism can get ugly xD

On my end, along with answering the questions you guys have, from time to time, I'll try to do live demonstration videos to answer certain queries. ^^ Here's an example, for a guy who asked about playing the "National Park" cadenza on my channel:


Hope this helps everyone somehow, and ask away! :)

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