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Hello everyone, I hope this is the right forum to post in.

I am transcribing the Nerevar Rising theme from Morrowind, normally played using orchestral instruments, and I'm arranging it for piano. I am quite new at this.

The way I learned to transcribe pop songs from my singing coach is as follows: left hand plays the bass note, right hand plays the chord, and the voice sings the melody.

With instrumental music, my mom (who is a piano player) told me to just play the melody with the right hand and play the chords with the left, but I am finding that the interval of the third in the left hand sounds really muddy (due to the overtones of the bass). I don’t like it.

If I play both the chord and the melody with my right hand, then the melody is not very legato, as I am having to make quick chord changes, lifting my entire hand, when the melody climbs up the octave. Now, I thought that quick chord changes are fairly normal in jazz music, but my mother is laughing at me, telling me this is not how you play a melody.

My compromise at the moment is: play 1st and 5th of the chord with the left hand and play the melody + the 3rd of the chord with the right hand. This helps with the legato…ness of the melody. Does this sound acceptable to you? Any suggestions?




P.S. Part of the problem is that, in the middle register, I can hear little melodies/ornaments and I am trying to incorporate them in the transcription, which makes everything more awkward. Some say these additional voices are not important, but sometimes I feel like they are very clearly part of the music and can't just be left out.

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I know what you mean! We just need to consider limitations of the hands and body maybe for some situations like this.

Otherwise, can also try to just grab the essence of the music and generate something that the piano can handle nicely by itself. Regular pianos can't do pitch bends etc. And even synth keyboards can't control bending of individual notes while somebody is playing on keyboard. So this could even be a candidate for multi-track recording using digital piano or synth workstation.


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