Twinkle twinkle little star is a short musical piece I composed and recorded last evening.

This piece consists of 56 measures. It is 1 minute 52 seconds long. The music is composed of four tracks. This is my second attempt at recording music with multiple tracks. The last such attempt was more than two years ago when I composed and recorded 'A few notes'.

The links to the audio files, sheet music, etc. are provided below. The files reside in my website. In case, my website is down, the YouTube link provided below should still work.

The four tracks in this piece are:

  1. Grand piano
  2. Slow strings
  3. Xenon pad
  4. Music box

This arrangement is based on the popular melody of the nursery rhyme called Twinkle, twinkle, little star. The melody is played with the treble notes of the piano. I wrote the bass notes for the piano and the strings, and the high notes for the pad and the music box to fill the music with emotions of love and happiness. I recorded this after about two hours of practice.

Flowers is my third attempt at composing music. I composed, played and recorded it last year but I scribbled it down and prepared the sheet music today. Hence, this blog post today.

The links to the audio files, sheet music, etc. are provided below. The files reside in my website. In case, my website is down, the YouTube link provided below should still work.

This piece consists of 161 measures. It is approximately 3 minutes 8 seconds long.

This piece of music embodies love, peace and joy. After I composed the first few notes and played it, someone told me that the notes bring an image of flowers in the mind. Most of the music emerged naturally from my mind. Some of the bass notes did not come out naturally and I decided them, quite artificially, to fill the music with a pleasant and peaceful mood. It took me a couple of days to compose this. I played and recorded this after a day of practice.

Waiting for dawn is my second attempt at composing music. I made the first attempt while I was taking musical keyboard lessons from Jason. He is an excellent teacher and very passionate about teaching, playing and composing music. He corrected most of my bad playing habits and taught us some good stuff in a short span of time. However, I dropped out of the lessons pretty soon after a few weeks of lessons to take care of some personal affairs.

I composed this piece after dropping out of the keyboard lessons. The links to the audio files, sheet music, etc. are provided below. The files reside in my website. In case, my website is down, the YouTube link provided below should still work.

This piece consists of 147 measures. It is approximately 4 minutes 28 seconds long.

The mental image I had while composing this piece was that of a guy, sitting alone in a dark night, waiting for the night to pass and the dawn to arrive. 0:00–1:30 of the piece represents the night. 1:30–2:15 is the time when the darkness starts fading away and the sky turns red. Everything after 2:15 is about welcoming and enjoying the dawn.

For me this mental image doesn't just represent a particular night passing away due to the rotation of our planet. It represents how we should handle tough times, heartbreaks, loss, etc. in our personal lives. We should remain calm, wait for tough times to pass and good times to come, and when the bad times give way to good times again, we should welcome and enjoy the good times.

I am pretty happy with what I composed but not so happy with the way I played it on the keyboard. There are some errors in the timing and loudness of certain notes but my friends don't seem to notice them.

In case you have any feedback, suggestions and tips that would help me to improve my musical skills, please feel free to post a comment.

A few notes is a very short piece I composed in December 2009 when I began learning to play musical keyboard. After 3 hours of music lessons, I came up with a very simple single track piece. In the next few days, I added more tracks to the piece and the result was this piece.

The composition is very short and simple. It consists of 29 measures. The duration of this piece is 53 seconds approximately. It is composed of 5 tracks. I played and recorded the 5 tracks separately on my Yamaha keyboard. The tracks are:

  1. Piano (HypeTine)
  2. Harp
  3. Strings
  4. Nylon guitar
  5. Standard percussion kit
The music was recorded as an MP3 file with Audacity after connecting the musical keyboard's output jack to the laptop's line-in jack using a cable with 3.5 mm stereo plug at both ends. A 3.5 mm stereo jack to 6.35 mm stereo adapter was used to connect the 3.5 mm (approx. ⅛") stereo plug to the keyboard's 6.35 mm (¼") stereo jack.

The links to the audio files, sheet music, etc. are provided below. The files reside in my website. In case, my website is down, the YouTube link provided below should still work.

There is no emotion or meaning associated with this piece. This was a pretty much braindead experiment I was performing to practise playing with both the hands independently, trying out arpeggios, etc. The only part where I spent a little effort was the 4th track which kicks in at 0:30. The 4th track contains arpeggios from nylon guitar. I wanted it to play hide and seek with the main track and sound happy. I'm pretty satisfied with the result of this little effort.

The 2nd and 5th track is missing from the sheet music because I couldn't find a way to add a track for harp in LilyPond and I don't know the music notation for percussion kit. I'm not very good at music notation. So, there may be notation errors in the sheet music but it is good enough to remind me the notes of this piece in case I ever forget them.

In case you have any feedback, suggestions and tips that would help me to improve my musical skills, please feel free to post a comment.

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