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Quote from: XiaoMigros on January 16, 2023, 01:01:57 AMIt could probably go either way but I think it would be better in the lower layer for 2 reasons: 1) Showing the divide between melody and harmony, and 2) Consistency.
Side note (pun not intended), there's an Ab in m13 that would be better off in the lower layer.
Fair enough. I don't really have a strong opinion, so I'll set it to the 2nd layer for now.
Also, I missed that Ab by accident. I fixed it in MuseScore, but forgot to do it in Finale. Whoops. :P

Quote from: XiaoMigros on January 16, 2023, 01:01:57 AMThose are both strong points! There's no doubt that leaving the sheet as it stands is a valid option. Here's the specifics anyway, just in case:
1) m12 b2.5: Moving this one to the RH would avoid the hands getting a little close and give the LH time for the jump. Also, m11 b4.5 may or may not be more comfortable in the RH as well.
2) m22: Some of the high Fs and As might be easier to play with the RH, they would fit pretty nicely there imo. The drawback is that the RH part gets a little more complicated.
Feel free to ignore this!
Honestly, having tried these out, they're not too bad! :) Particularly, since it's just one note being moved cross-staff. Your point about allowing the LH some time to jump is actually a really good point. Also, by moving some of the notes, it's visually clear that one can basically keep their left hand in a I-V-I position, which is pretty natural. That said, I just decided to only move the A for m22 because that way your LH can just sit on a root F3-C4-F4 position all the way and keep complexity minimal (moving the Fs dirties the RH too much, IMO). I think I'll stick with these for now. If I change my mind, I'll just put them back. Thanks for the specifics! :D

Quote from: XiaoMigros on January 16, 2023, 01:01:57 AMThe poco rit. and a tempo markings should both be the same height.
Ah yeah. That's a little thing, but good point.

Files have been updated. Thanks again, Xiao! :D
Quote from: XiaoMigros on January 13, 2023, 02:33:16 AM
  • m8: I hear the Bb below the F in the LH.
  • m9: I don't hear the middle notes in the RH triads
  • Same thing for the RH's Ab in m12
  • In m13 I hear a low Db instead of a Bb in the RH
  • I don't hear the Gb in m14, but I do hear an Ab on beat 3.
  • Though I'd like them to be there, I don't hear the Fs in the chords at m15 b4 and m16 b1.
  • m27: The last two notes in the RH also play in octaves. You can add the lower Bb in parentheses, or you can add parentheses to the Bb in the LH.
  • m31: Despite the 8va getting in the way a little, the rit. marking is still best positioned above the staves, like you did everywhere else.
All great advice and all either correct or appropriate! I am quite surprised you were able to hear some of these as they slipped by me for a while! All implemented -- thanks Xiao! ;D

Quote from: XiaoMigros on January 13, 2023, 02:33:16 AM
  • m15: I think I hear an F just above the Eb in the LH at beat 1.5
Hmmm, I can't hear this one. Also, I'm also not sure why it'd be there in the first place? Maybe it's just me. Anyway, I'll leave it out for now until I can ascertain otherwise.

Quote from: XiaoMigros on January 13, 2023, 02:33:16 AM
  • m24 beat 4: I hear an F above the Bb (in the RH), and I think I hear one below it too.
The lower F I hear (good catch!), but I can't hear the higher F. Same as the previous point, I'll keep checking and I'll add it once I'm more confident it's there.

Quote from: XiaoMigros on January 13, 2023, 02:33:16 AM
  • m9-16: In the RH you're using two layers a little inconsistently, is there a reason you wrote some chords in two layers and some in one?
A variety of reasons, most of them stemming from the idea of "still holding a note that is about to be restruck before the duration's up." However, with your notes (pun intended) above, a lot of those have been addressed and now it just looks better to be consistent. I still have questions about m.16, since, while I could make the RH Eb a layer 2 note, the resolution is handled by the LH and there rest of the notes in the measure are singles for the RH, so, to me, it looks like that Eb is hanging. So, I'm not sure quite what to do there.

Quote from: XiaoMigros on January 13, 2023, 02:33:16 AM
  • For this section it might also be easier for the performer to play some of the high LH notes with the RH. There's nothing problematic with what you have currently but it might be worth trying some things out if you haven't already!
  • m21-23: Same comment about moving some LH notes to the RH; it's playable as is but you might find it could be easier.
Yeeeah, I thought about this point while arranging it, especially since the LH gets up into the stratosphere a bit. Firstly, I think the sheet looks really clean and adding stuff to denote that it should be handled by the other hand will just gunk it up. That triviality aside, I still feel that since the LH is really just doing one thing and that's fine and so if the player wants to hand something off, I feel that should be their decision, not necessarily mine. If you have some specifics, I'd be open to hear them, though! :)

Alright, that should be everything addressed. Subsequently, the files have been updated. Thanks for the thorough (and timely) feedback, Xiao! :D

A couple notes:
  • I originally had breath marks after some of the "verses", but I removed them due to be inconsistent. Let me know if you think breath marks would be a good addition or not and where.
  • I'm not sure about key signatures for m.13-24. I've stuck with a single shift to G major, which m.17-20 definitely is and m.16 resolves to, but I'm not sure if it's prudent to make a switch for both m.13-16 (not sure what key; some kind of pentatonic scale perhaps? Do let me know!) and m.21-24 (A minor) too.
  • m.37-39 have the LH lift on beats 2.5 & 4.5. This is there, but I wonder if it may be better to notate it as quarter notes, rather than eighth notes. Let me know what you think!

And yes, I do apologize for the instructor's nattering -- I have never found a version without it. :(
With all that said, to close out this year's Sheetsmas, I thought about all the different pieces I could arrange/finish for the final day's piece. However, I decided on a simple piece -- the piece that plays when you put your cute bug adventurers to bed -- as I think it's quite fitting. For the poet once wrote:
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
Indeed. I think that sums up everything nicely. ❤️

Day 12:
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling - "Night at the Inn"

With this final piece, I conclude my 2022 Twelve Days of Sheetsmas! :) This year, I found it much easier than last, probably because I had a plethora of mostly-finished pieces lying around compared to last year. That said, who knows what next year will bring? If I post more often, then I'll probably be less likely to participate next year, and vice versa. We shall see.

Thanks to all who took a gander at, offered suggestions on, and enjoyed my submissions! I wish you, your families, and everyone else a very merry Christmas, a happy holidays, and a fantastic New Year! :D
One more Trails in the Sky piece for good measure! :)

As I've said before, Trails has got some great music and I've thoroughly enjoyed arranging pieces for it. A lot of the pieces have some serious emotion behind them and serve well in the scenes they're in. This one's not nearly as powerful as "Confession" imo, which I did earlier, but the music box-ness of it hits some feels for sure.

Enjoy your Christmas Eve! :D

Day 11:
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - "In My Heart"

Gotta do some more Animal Crossing. :)

So, 3 PM is probably my second most favorite hourly theme in the game, with 6 PM being my absolute favorite for the game (might arrange that one someday). It's bouncy, upbeat, and I think accurately captures a mood of "3 PM" quite well! There were a couple tricky parts with this, particularly near the end, so it'll need some cleanup before submission, plus I also didn't do the "rainy" version, but it's basically the same, with just the bass up 2 octaves (and yes, that does create problems, thank you for asking).

Enjoy! Bonus points if it's 3 PM where you live right now!

Day 10:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - "3:00 PM"

Party don't stop. 8)

Ah, Mario Party 4, one of my favorite Mario Party games. I actually did a bunch of Mario Party 4 sheets a while back and... I guess this one slipped through the cracks? It's a pretty simple piece, albeit with some nuance, of course. There's also some inner harmony, but it's really hard to hear for me and I don't think the piece is worse off without it. (That's called "justified laziness," kids.) Enjoy! :D

Day 9:
Mario Party 4 - "Play Mini-Games"

Even more Mario Party! So much party! This is one of my more-favorite pieces from Mario Party 9. It has generic "Mario music" written all over it with the with the use of the I, IV, V, bVI, and bVII, but it does have a fun Bb/C chord near the end for some nice color. I guess I like it because it has repetition, modulation, build-up, and pure chords -- everything I like! :)

I must confess, I've been sitting on this one for a looooong time because the inner harmony was giving me grief of how to play it. :-\ The piece is remarkably simple, but simple to play in its natural form only with a 3rd hand. So, I've been stumped on what to do with it. I've decided to settle on this configuration for now as a means of breaking the inertia. Am I happy with it? Not really. This will continue to bug me and will almost certainly warrant a reworking in the future. So, if you, dear reader, have suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Day 8:
Mario Party 9 - "Be Careful!"

EHHHHH?! What's this??? TWO pieces for today???

Yup! Two versions of the same song! :D This is one of my more favorite K.K. songs (I really should rank them one day...) as I like this kind-of "hymnal" style of music. And, given that it seems this one is sorely lacking in the popularity department, I decided to try my hand at arranging them both as I enjoy both the live version and the aircheck. I might do the music box versions later, but for now, this is good enough.

I will say, I'm sure there's a clever way to use repeats for the live version, but I couldn't find anything I was happy with. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough, but if I did submit it, it'd be the first thing on the docket to address. Anyway, enjoy this unique Sheetsmas experience of THE DOUBLE!  8)

Day 7:
Animal Crossing - "Mr. K.K."


Animal Crossing - "Mr. K.K. (Aircheck)"

Back to more of Trails in the Sky! Like I said, duplicates were going to be allowed because I'm boring like that. And besides, this game is very recent in my head and the music's great! What more do you want?

This was actually the first piece I arranged from Trails in the Sky, but it kinda just sat around because the cross-staff beaming needed (and still needs) some work. But for now, enjoy this cozy piece!

Day 6:
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - "A Cat Relaxing in the Sun"

More Mario Party! I'm always down for more Mario Party, and the early ones have quite the musical charm to them. This is a simple sheet and is already on the site, but in need of replacement, so this might serve as a suitable replacement down the road. Anyway, enjoy! :D

Day 5:
Mario Party 2 - "Adventure Begins"

Bug Fables! It's a really fun game with some good music and I've always like Kut's theme. In fact, it was one of the first songs I bought from the in-game music performer and I listened to it in-game for quite a while. I like the minor key and how it just matches his stuck-up, master-chef personality. Enjoy this spicy piece!

Day 4:
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling - "Kut it Up!"

Of course, if you know, I'm a big fan of the Mario Party OSTs, so it was only a matter of time before a Mario Party piece made it's debut this Sheetsmas. And today's the day!

While I can harp on Mario Party 9 for sounding a bit too "New-Super-Mario-Bros-ish" sometimes, the melody here for this piece is nice & simple and loaded with beautiful color tones, making for a nice, well-rounded piano piece... as you admire all the pity points you earned sitting in a car.

Day 3:
Mario Party 9 - "Good Job!"

Time for some Animal Crossing! I'm a big fan of the new game, and whilst I believe New Leaf has the best music of the entire series, New Horizons has got some fun pieces too! This one plays while you're exercising with your villagers, which is a fun little daily activity you can do and a nice callback to the original Animal Crossing. Having listened to it for 50+ times, I've wanted to play it on piano and, after not finding an arrangement that was completely accurate, I decided to arrange it myself! :)

And yeah, this one was a bit annoying to arrange because of the narrator's nattering. And there's no version that I could find without it. :(

Day 2:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - "Group Stretching"