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Legend of Mana - Earth Painting

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Hello everyone, this is my first time posting a WIP, so I have no idea how this works. Anyways, I've been working on a piano arrangement of the song Earth Painting from Legend of Mana, and would really like some feedback. It's currently only a minute and a half, and right now I'm just using a random piano VST, but if you could let me know what you think, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks!

EDIT: Uploaded a newer version. Still nowhere near finished (It's actually shorter than it used to be :S), but I've added a lot, so I'd love to hear what you think.

Click here to listen to Earth Painting Demo.mp3

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One thing that will definitely need work is your dynamic range. Just playing the notes on a piano won't do anything for the listener. A solo piano piece absolutely NEEDS to have differences in volume, it's what provides the instrument its power.

Your arrangement is fairly conservative for the bulk, then you get into actual arrangement near the end. Compositionally, it sounds fairly good. You may want to thicken up the chords a bit, instead of playing a melody over a back-and-forth bass, but still, not bad, given you're changing keys.

Try fleshing it out some more, and boosting its length. Right now, most of this is straight from the source. But it sounds like you've got some really creative stuff, like you're mixing in a classical sonata.

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Thanks, I'll try that. I know the dynamics suck, because I haven't wanted to worry about those until I'm completely done arranging, and I'm definitely going to increase the length. Anyways, thanks for the feedback!

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Mmm... question, out of curiosity. Are you planning on keeping the piano as the only instrument, or were you going put some others in there? And if so, what were you looking at possibly adding?

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You should try to find a better piano sample. Add some more reverb too possibly, and work with the dynamics as other have pointed out; vary tempo, sustain and volume basically. Check some of Shnabubula's stuff.

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Yeah...right now, that's pretty much what it is.

I wanted to finish arranging before I got into that part of things, but maybe it would be better to start on that now?

Anyways, does anyone know where I can get good free samples? (I can't pay for anything seeing as I have no money)

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