Videogame soundtracks can be absolutely beautiful. In the past ten years, video game soundtracks have began winning mainstream awards, and though not all of us are avid gamers, I’m sure we can appreciate the composition the different pieces.
An Artiden Friend sent me the collection of Final Fantasy piano solos below and I’m now learning them! There is something to be said about playing well-written, elaborate scores.
At the moment, I’m working on Somnus (the first piece below).
I’ve described the chunking technique in different articles over the years, but I think it’s time for me to create a definitive guide on it.
So, here’s the definitive article about chunking, to help you learn music more quickly.
I’ve created a video to show the technique where you can practice with me! The article below describes the details.
Pinpoint your trouble spot
Divide the music that you’re having trouble with into bars. Play the bars separately; are you still having trouble? Which bars? Highlight them.
What’s the smallest measure of time that you could divide the bar into, that would still make sense? This can be per beat, or per two beats, or whatever makes sense for that part (if it ends in a strange spot, include the end of the triad or whatever).
This is from a piece I was working on, Un Sospiro. I’ve divided the passage into larger chunks that make sense, using the long lines. Then, I used brackets to denote smaller chunks of one beat, or one run of the pattern.
My dad had helped plant a tree beside my grandma’s house when he was in his teens, and in recent years, it had grown taller than the house itself and the leaves had gotten a little unruly.
The last time I went to my grandma’s house, the tree was gone. It was chopped into tiny logs to heat my cousin’s house. It’s an important task, and I got to stay in her basement without freezing, because of the mighty tree.
It doesn’t affect me as much as a piece of music that would remind me of my dad.
The other day, I wanted to learn a song that my dad used to like, but after listening to it on the piano, I sat there and simply couldn’t play piano at all.