Piano Time: It’s Raining Somewhere Else and Organization XIII

Ever since playing Undertale, the Duck has been inspired to return to several abandoned hobbies, piano and drawing.  As far as the former goes, the first song I decided to learn was It’s Raining Somewhere Else.  Fortunately, there are some very useful tutorials out there on Youtube.  The one I used is below:

Video from Youtube User: Marioverehrer

Well, it turned out this song was far more difficult to learn than I had anticipated, partly because you need a sostenuto pedal in order to play it accurately.  This is apparently a pedal that keeps certain notes going after you release the keys.  My upright piano lacks this pedal, so I had to find compromises, considering the alternative would be having extra fingers that stretch beyond natural means.  Despite such difficulties, I practiced diligently for several months before I finally felt confident enough to record my efforts.

Video from Youtube User: Virtual Bastion

After this, I decided to relearn a far easier song I used to be able to play, but which I had forgotten a few years ago, Organization XIII’s theme from the Kingdom Hearts series.  This one only took me a few days to learn.  The tutorial I used can be found here:

Video from Youtube User: Xalmr

And my actual piano recording can be found here:

Video from Youtube User: Virtual Bastion

Ducks Are Swimming Somewhere Else

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6 thoughts on “Piano Time: It’s Raining Somewhere Else and Organization XIII

  1. It’s been years since I’ve touched my keyboard (apartment so no room for a baby grand alas!). I wish I had more time to practice. I was teaching myself Aeris’s Theme and Tifa’s Theme from FFVII, and yeah…you think some songs are simple, but they are WAY harder when you see the music in front of you. I’m also not great at reading music hehe. I usually write the notes on the sheet music and then just memorize the song so I don’t don’t need to do so, but some of the chords and progressions of each are just hard! Kudos to you for being able to play and record yourself 🙂

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    1. I wish I had a grand piano. That would be so cool. But alas, they are too big and cost too much. Anyway, yeah, I have definitely found some songs to be more difficult than I had anticipated. When I hear a song, I mainly pay attention to the main tune. But when I go to play it, I end up realizing there are all these other notes I didn’t even know about. And I’ve learned those “background notes” make a big difference, so I can’t ignore them…as much as I’d like to sometimes….

      I can’t read sheet music at all, so I use these tutorials on Youtube that just physically show you which keys to hit in which order. Then I memorize it all so I can play quickly without having to follow along with something.

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      1. Even a baby grand would be acceptable. I feel the same way. You think it’s going to be simple, but the complexities and beauty of a song makes it so much more difficult.

        Me too! I have these cheat sheets that have notes on them and I map them out on the piece I want to play. I know where they are on the keyboard, but I’m horrible at reading music and always have been. There are actually a lot of musicians who either can’t or aren’t good at reading music. I believe Tori Amos is one of them. When I sang in choirs, that’s what I’d do, too, along with the words. Memorizing music has always been easy for me, so it wasn’t that big of a deal that I couldn’t read music very well. So long as I didn’t have to do sight reading, blech.

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      2. I used to have these little sticky things with notes on them that I put on the keys. It was semi-helpful in enabling me to play sheet music (very slowly, though), but not by much. And even then, I would have to resort to memorizing a song anyway in order to play it faster. I have since given up on reading music and just use Youtube tutorials now. I finally removed all the sticky things from the keys, too. They made the piano look so silly.

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