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Home-Made Compositions / Libera's Compositions
« on: July 21, 2018, 08:19:02 PM »
I used to do a fair bit of composing many years ago.  Getting back into music-y stuff in general convinced me that I should probably do some again.  I mostly do art-songs, but have been known to do to other stuff.  I have a few that I wrote some years ago that I've never properly notated, so I might do that at some point and stick them up here.

Instead of that, here's one that I wrote literally this afternoon/evening.  A. E. Housman is my favourite poet, and he's an absolute charm to set.  If you want a little bit of context, Housman was an English poet in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century and this poem in particular was published in 1922.

Lancer- [Musx] [Pdf] [Mid] [Mus]

If you notice any problems with the sheets or have any criticism in general, let me know.  (In particular I'm not very good at getting Finale to play it like I want it to, so any help regarding that sort of stuff would be appreciated).

Ma-shawl (n.) - The mother of a family of scarfs.

Project Archive / Re: The Arranger-Focused Projects Initiative
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:05:53 PM »
I'd be interested in doing one of these (especially since it'll help me stay motivated to not procrastinate).  I'd probably want to do the Shadows of Valentia OST, but its pretty massive (88 songs if I'm not mistaken) so I'll need to pick some subset of this.  I don't know if you have an opinion on how to pick that subset, but at the moment this is what I'm thinking:

1. Where the Wind Rustles 2:03
2. The Ark of Dawn 3:25
3. Undiscovered Horizons 4:13
4. A Song for Bygone Days 3:22
5. March to Deliverence 3:52
6. With Mila's Divine Protection 3:16
7. What Lies at the End 5:45
8. The Sacrifice and the Saint 5:37
9. Lord of a Dead Empire 5:01
10. Praise this Despair! 4:55
11. Twilight of the Gods 8:08
12. The Fallen Knight 2:16
13. Pride and Arrogance 1:40
14. The Scions' Dance in Purgatory 2:35
15. Monstrosity 2:23 [This is originally from Fire Emblem: Awakening but it's in the game so...]
16. Truth 3:27
17. In a Silver Garden with You 3:30
18. Afterglow 0:26
19. The Afterglow Fades 3:39
20. The Course of Gods and Men 6:17
21. The Voice That Calls You 3:11
22. The Heritors of Arcadia 4:15.

(Nearly all of these tracks loop just under halfway though).

Story Telling / Re: Poetry for Beginners - Haiku (and more?)
« on: July 21, 2018, 11:40:48 AM »
I'm glad you liked them, I certainly had fun writing them.  Your third haiku left me thinking about weather and colour, so I guess that inspired I, II and IV.

You're right, it is a silly one but it made me laugh so thank you for that.  I wouldn't have thought of using accountancy as a topic for a haiku!  I particularly like 'arithmetic tales through time' as a way of viewing spreadsheets (it certainly makes them sound more exciting!).

I was thinking it might be cool (if you were interested) to pick a theme and we could both (or anyone else who wants to join in, of course) go off and write a poem on that theme and then we could share them afterwards.  I don't know what sort of time frame would be best (maybe bimonthly, or monthly?) but I'm open to suggestions on that.  Maybe we could also pick a type of poem to write, or we could leave that undecided?  (I don't know a whole lot about poetry forms, but I'm sure some googling could remedy that.)  I'm also not sure on how we should pick a theme but we could always just take it in turns if that's simplest.

A post on here wouldn't be complete without a poem of some form, so here's another of the haikus I wrote last Monday (sadly less cheery than yours):

Heaven is colder
than I had imagined it.
No angels, no sky

Edit:  About the 'theme', it could be a word (like 'Triumph' or 'Discovery') or maybe it could be a picture or a story or even (this might be quite difficult) a piece of music.  As I said before, I'm very open to suggestions.

Piano Arrangements / Re: Libera's Arrangements (New Sheet!)
« on: July 20, 2018, 05:25:07 PM »
Wow, that's a lot of feedback.  Thank you for taking the time to look through my sheets.


I've fixed some things regarding this but at the moment this sheet isn't really a priority for me.  I'll probably go back to it properly at some point, but since it's so short I won't want to waste a submission with it.  Thanks for looking at it anyway; I'll use your criticism when I go back to it later.



-I used cross-staving if it's only for a beat since a clef change seems silly to me there.  I prefer clef changes to cross-staving generally though so I've kept those in.
-Everything else has been changed.

-I think I've fixed the opening beat now.
-I find hearing inner voices in chords pretty hard, so thanks for the help on that.  I've added them now.
-In m.10 beat 2 it is definitely two semiquavers.  I fixed the rest of the notes (I have no idea how I got them so wrong).
-I have no idea what you mean about m.15.
-Everything else has been changed.



-Most of my slurs are actually phrase markings.  I guess that's something people don't really do on here since someone has brought me up on it before.
-Everything else has been changed.


-Everything here has been changed.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to look through these!

Piano Arrangements / Re: Libera's Arrangements (New Sheet!)
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:32:28 AM »
Not sure what my arrangements say about my piano playing, but I used to play loads.  I was really into classical piano but I eventually got burned out because it was very difficult and I found the performances were too stressful.  Nowadays I'm more into singing but I still enjoy playing the piano in a more casual way.

Piano Arrangements / Re: Libera's Arrangements
« on: July 20, 2018, 01:03:21 AM »
Yet another Flaming Sword sheet.  (I actually did this one immediately after Strike, but I left doing the finishing touches until later.)

Safeguard: [Musx] [Pdf] [Midi] [Mus]

Edit: Somehow I didn't spot a stray bar at the end.  I've removed it now.

Gaming / Re: NinSheet Community Trivia!
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:03:09 PM »
That's funny; the first ever king to be a video game designer was Henry III of France who also happened to be assassinated.

This is a really cool song that I hadn't heard before, so it was fun looking through this (I haven't checked everything note by note though).  There are a few issues with the transcription as it is at the moment though.

1.  I think you should change the time signature to 12/8 throughout, as apart from the hemiola in the first two bars, the piece is in 12/8 rather than 6/4.  I can certainly see why you might have thought it was 6/4 though as there are a lot of cross rhythms throughout the piece.  A real giveaway that it's in 12/8 is the bass drum which plays every dotted crotchet.  Also, I think a nice way to tell in future would be if you ever find yourself changing from simple time to compound time (or vice versa) and it doesn't suddenly sound wildly different, it's probably that you were misidentifying one of the time signatures.

2.  I don't think your key choices are correct, though I can see where you've got them from.  I'll tell you what the keys are and then I'll try and give and explanation to help you get it right in future (it can be tricky!). 
-From m.1 through to m.11 we are in G minor.
-From m.12 through to m.20 we are in A minor.
-From m.21 through to m.29 we are in B flat minor.
-From m.30 to the end this is actually kind of complicated and I'm not sure what the best way to notate this would be.

Ok, so for the first three keys what I think you've done is misidentified the dominant (the V of the key) as the tonic of the key.  This is probably because in those sections the song is very heavily basing itself around the dominant and so I can see why you've done that.  What you'll notice though is that, for example, in the first section you have C# in the key signature, but there isn't actually a single C# played at any point (they're always naturals). [Apart from there is a C# in the opening two bars, but they're quite chromatic so it's expected].  What I'd suggest in future is to not decide on the key based on the first chord you find and try and look at the whole section to establish the key.  Once you've made a decision, try and imagine what the section would sound like if it ended on the tonic in the key signature you decided: if it doesn't sound like an ending, that probably means you've got the wrong key.

For the final key we're sort of in G major like you put and sort of in G minor.  The tonality is being a bit strange here and either choice you make is going to require a lot of accidentals.  We're also borrowing chords from G minor's subdominant (C minor) so it gets even more confusing.  I'd either notate this as G major or G minor and I'll leave that choice up to you (unless one of the updaters has a personal preference.)

3.  I think the notes in the right hand at m.25 -m.26 aren't quite right.

4.  In m.34, m.35 and m.36 the chords at the end of each bar aren't quite right.  I haven't worked out the exact voicings, but they should be (the last two crotchets of each bar) Eb major, then F major.  (It's a bVI bVII I chord progression if you're interested!)

5.  This really is just personal preference, but (definitely not biased as a trumpet player) I feel like it'd be nice to get some of the trumpet fall at m.24 into the sheet. 

This is quite a tricky piece in my opinion so well done for giving it a go, and this could definitely be a really good transcription!

Another good looking sheet here!  There's just a few formatting things for me to suggest:

- In m.12 the final G in the left hand is colliding with the treble clef sign (I think it's just misaligned so re-entering it should fix this problem.)
- In m.8 the flat sign on the G flat is colliding with the previous note.  I'd fix this by adjusting the length of measures in that system  (I think you have some room you could take from the first measure i.e. m.5).

Hey there, sorry to see you haven't got any feedback yet.  I've gone through the sheet and have a couple of suggestions.  (I haven't checked notes but from a once over it looks and sounds pretty great, so well done!)

- You're a little inconsistent with your notation for triplets, e.g. in m.26 you have them written without brackets, whereas in the subsequent measure you have brackets.  (That's just an example, this happens all over the piece.)

- In m.65 you have the tie colliding with the triplet.  I'd swap the stem on the dotted minim and on the triplet and then move the tie down a bit to stop it clashing with the C.  (I'd show you what I mean, but I'm not sure how to upload a picture on here...)  If you want me to send you a picture over discord I can.

Done.  Also re-added the staccatos that had gone awry in the same bar.

Gaming / Re: NinSheet Community Trivia!
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:01:55 PM »
Conclude what you will, I shall never reveal my secret location!

Also, I think you'll find I spelled the word 'realise' like 'realise'.

Having looked through the sheet, I've got a few recommendations:

1. Every time you've got common time for your time signature, I think it'd be better as 4/4, especially since you change time signature quite a lot.
2. I think you should add a courtesy accidental in m.9 in the left hand.
3. In m.13, there's a semiquaver A in the right hand just before the crotchet A in m.14.

Gaming / Re: NinSheet Community Trivia!
« on: July 18, 2018, 06:50:50 PM »
I did consider posting something blatantly untrue, but I thought that would be a bit harsh.

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