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2010-11-23

Irony Sheet Music

Irony
My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない
livetune(kz) feat. ClariS(アリス☆クララ)
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Gah, a four-minute-plus song transcription. I'm too tired to put any analyses of this song right now, maybe later..? Anyway, enjoy!

2010-10-23

The World God Only Knows OP



NOTE: This is no longer up to date.  Chapter Three of the full version of this song is essentially the same as the TV size version and is up to date.

There's a lot of good anime this season, aren't there?   I went looking for sheet music for The World God Only Knows's OP, and of course, there is none.  So I decided to transcribe it myself, checking off an entry for my Quest and practicing my transcribing ear at the same time (three bird with one stone).


This time around was markedly better than my first attempt at transcribing. It took about two hours in one sitting for me to take down the melody, and about another to put it and the lyrics into Lilypond. With the OP on loop, testing random notes and chords on the piano, and a little intuition, I figured out the (two) key signatures: A minor, then a shift into A major. (While the first half looks like G major because of the F-sharp, a couple things suggest it is really A minor. Firstly, each four-bar melody starts on E (A's dominant) and hit A, whereas G only plays a side role. Secondly, G major to A major is a weird key change, but A minor to A major makes sense.) The rest of the song was just as easy to match by ear (of course, this one is a LOT simpler than Ookami's OP, but I like to think part of the reason it was so easy is because I got better).

Because I did this all in one sitting, there's still some things that need fixing. The rhythm in 26 is a bit finicky (not that it's hard, I'm just too lazy to get it perfect), and I obviously gave up on the chords and supporting lines (To make myself feel better, I'd like to point out that even skilled transcribers usually use software to isolate the harmony, while I transcribed this song wholly by ear). Something I wanted to point out is that piano sheet music won't sound even half as good as the original. Even if all the bass and harmony is there (*ahem*), a piano can't realistically cover all the percussion, flute, violin (whatever instruments were used in the song), synthesized effects to convey the same feel, and even then the timbre won't feel right. If you're skilled at comping (improvising an accompaniment line), then the chords would be useful for making the piece actually sound complete, but of course it wouldn't sound like the original.

UPDATE: I fixed it up a bit; namely, the rhythm I completely butchered in measure 26 the first time around.  God only knows how embarrassing that was.

2010-09-06

Ready Go - Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi OP

Ready Go!
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachiオオカミさんと七人の仲間たち
May'n
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It's been a long time, but I haven't given up my Quest (so early!). For my second creation, I did a transcription of Ookami-san to Shichinin Nakamatachi's OP, Ready Go!.  This is the TV-size version, not the full.  Seeing as how it took me a couple hours to put this one together, the full song seemed a scary prospect, and it has a solo as well that I am not looking forward to transcribing.  I have only transcribed a little before this, so this is the first whole transcription I have done (although it's still missing the chords...).

I transcribed this piece in two sittings, using blank sheet paper, later transferring it to Lilypond.  Each time I did roughly 45 seconds of the roughly minute-and-a-half long piece.  I initially had difficulty pinning down the key.  I thought it was D Major and then A-flat Major before finally nailing it at D-flat.  Bars 3-4 also gave me trouble.  When I first listened to Ready Go!, I couldn't really tell what was going on with the last few notes, but once I got it, it seemed ridiculously obvious.

The second half of the transcription came much more easily, probably because of the experience I gained doing the first half, and even fixed a mistake in the first half: in bar 27, I initially had F B-flat D B-flat, which I am at a loss as to how I decided that sounded about right.  Also, I caught the key change to E-flat pretty quickly. 

Altogether, this took me a bit more than two hours to transcribe.  I really enjoyed it and felt it was a valuable learning experience.  My next creation will probably be a dish of some sort.  Look forward to it!