January 5, 2012

A Bad Start

It's a new year and I have been so neglectful, my dear readers! I have been so distracted recently that I forgot to upload anything. I finished Chrono Cross for the first time the other day, and I got the Final Fantasy X Piano Collections sheet music for Christmas. (If you haven't heard the FFX piano collections, you should look them up; they're fantastic.)
I also resolved to post a video every 2 weeks beginning this year, but to my embarrassment, I accidentally left my line-in cable at school. I don't have any videos to post yet but I'll get on it as soon as I can. Ten thousand apologies! m(_ _)m

However, I do have a special piece of sheet music for you tonight. It's not from a video game and it's not a solo piano piece. It's a song by Hikaru Utada called "WINGS" with sheets for a pianist and a singer (or a pianist who can sing). Here's the actual song:

You can find the sheets on the Sheet Music page (of course) in the "Other sheets" section.

I made three versions of the sheet music: the first two have the singer's part in time above the piano part., one of which has the lyrics in rōmaji (Roman letters), the other in kana (Japanese "letters"). The third version I called "condensed." The piano music in this song consists of two short parts that are repeated, so the condensed sheet has the two piano riffs by themselves on the first page, followed by the melody with lyrics in rōmaji and kana (it's 3 pages shorter than the versions that print the vocal melody alongside the piano part).
If that doesn't make sense, just download the sheets and take a look at them.

Feel free to use the sheet music to cover the song yourself! You can post videos on YouTube or wherever you want--I just ask that you put a link to my site in the description of your video.
The same goes for any of the sheet music here, actually. You can make videos of yourself playing them as long as you're not making money off it and you include a link to my site (or to my YouTube channel). And I'd love to see your covers! You can comment here with a link or send me a message on YouTube.
Have fun! I hope everyone is having a pleasant new year.

November 14, 2011

Temporary hiatus

I must apologize for my continuing lack of sheet music. I have just been too busy with various papers and tests now that the semester is coming to an end (there's one month left). Once again, I do not have anything to upload tonight, so I have decided to take a temporary break to focus on schoolwork and defeat the monster that is procrastination. I imagine it seems in somewhat poor taste to decide this after the fact (i.e. after going two weeks without uploading), so I apologize again. I will begin uploading again in December, or a bit sooner if I have time.

I would like to thank everyone who voted in the poll in the past several weeks. I have decided to relocate from Blogger to another site beginning this Winter, but I will continue to include MIDIs because a large percentage of my "readers" (I guess you can be called that) use them with Synthesia to learn to play the pieces. I'm leaving the poll up a bit longer to satisfy my own curiosity.

I've already decided on a New Year's resolution to upload videos more often. Maybe every two weeks? I bet I could pull off a new video once a week if I really set my mind to it, but I'll probably save such ambition for the months when I don't have classes.

October 25, 2011

An Important Matter

Please take a minute to read this post (whether or not you usually read my posts).

I have been considering switching to some other site for awhile now. Blogger always screws up the formatting of the sheet music page, forcing me to edit and then upload a backup html file every Monday. It also doesn't let me host my music, so I have to upload it to Mediafire and then you have to click on the external links to go download everything, unless Mediafire is down...in which case you're out of luck.

WordPress looks nice because it provides hosting for files like pdfs, so you and I could both avoid the extra hoop of having sheets on Mediafire. However, WordPress doesn't allow uploading of audio files without paying a fee (and we all know how poor college students are.... All joking aside, one day I may pay money for my own domain if my site gets popular enough to make it worthwhile.)

My question for you all is: how do you use the midi files I provide here on my site?
I put a poll in the sidebar, so please take a few moments to answer it. I know that using midis with Synthesia is rather popular among pianists who can't read sheet music (on YouTube, at any rate). Personally, I think it is more beneficial in the long run to learn to read sheet music, but I don't want to alienate those of you who do use it. SoundCloud seems like a good way to put audio on my site, but it doesn't allow uploading of midi files, which would prevent use of Synthesia.

TL;DR: Please answer the poll in the sidebar.
If you have any comments or suggestions about what free website/filehosting/audio-hosting services I could use instead of Blogger, leave a comment on this post. Thank you!

October 17, 2011

Mediafire is down

I've been rather busy with schoolwork recently, so tonight I only have one piece of sheet music for you again. Unfortunately, it seems mediafire (a.k.a. the site that hosts every single file I have available for you to download) is down at the moment. I'll check back again later tonight--keep your fingers crossed! I would be very surprised if the site were down permanently, but anything could happen.
Mediafire is back up, and I've posted "Lofty Castle" from Spyro the Dragon.

Apparently mediafire goes down often? If any of you have experienced that mediafire is unavailable more often than you think is reasonable, please leave a comment saying so. I will look into other ways I might host my downloads. Perhaps Dropbox? But for now, we're stuck with Mediafire. Sorry, everyone!