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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