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#2156412 - 09/23/13 08:11 PM Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu
Oongawa Offline
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Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 333

This forum seems mostly interested in jazz, but I didn't know where else this thread might fit.

I have recently discovered the FF music. I'm not a gamer, I had no idea it had such fabulous music. It's probably miles beyond me but I can dream...

I started searching for "To Zanarkand."

I tried a local music store, they had nothing. I looked at musicnotes.com and they have something with that name for $5.25 but it's only two pages so it can't be complete, it would be much longer.

Of course, Amazon has a bunch of music books for the series but none of the descriptions tell what pieces are in each book. And they're pretty pricey so I don't want to just guess at it.

Does anyone here have a suggestion? I'm hoping for "easier" arrangements.
I'm presently working my way through Yurima's "easy piano" which I think is more intermediate than easy.

Are others playing this and maybe could comment here?

'69 Mason & Hamlin Model A

Working on: Chopin - Waltz in A Minor / Einaudi - I Giorni

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#2156436 - 09/23/13 08:57 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Sweet06 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/13
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yea seriously, why do they not put peices of the music listed on the book? its so irritating
"Doesn't practicing on the piano suck?!?!"
"The joy is in the practicing. It's like relationships. Yeah, orgasms are awesome, but you can't make love to someone who you have no relationship with!"

#2156473 - 09/23/13 09:33 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Oongawa Offline
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And the books range from $40 - $60.

I'm glad I noticed the musicnotes one was two pages. That can't even be the introduction. There's another store in town and I'll check there but it shouldnt be this difficult.

I'm hoping someone on here who has played 'To Zanarkand' can tell me which book it is in.

'69 Mason & Hamlin Model A

Working on: Chopin - Waltz in A Minor / Einaudi - I Giorni

#2156534 - 09/23/13 11:40 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
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Copy the book's ISBN from its Amazon page, and use that to look up the same sheet music at SheetMusicPlus, where they're much better about listing all the pieces in their books.
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#2156996 - 09/24/13 05:56 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
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Love the guy. I'm a gamer and experienced then first hand in all their digital sequenced glory. smile

that piece you refer to is from FF10. best works from Uematsu to me are OSTs for FF 6, 7 and 8, though. try "Terra" next...

jazz guys from here would also have a nice time with Koji Kondo's music. he's the guy behind the music of Mario and Zelda Nintendo games.
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#2157064 - 09/24/13 08:15 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Doritos Flavoured]
Oongawa Offline
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Thank you!! That's excellent info on using the ISBN, I had not thought of that.
I'll go and listen to a couple of the other suggested also.

I'm afraid these are going to be beyond me at the moment but at least I can look for a simpler arrangement, now that I know what to look for.

Thank you VERY much.

'69 Mason & Hamlin Model A

Working on: Chopin - Waltz in A Minor / Einaudi - I Giorni

#2157444 - 09/25/13 12:56 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Allan W. Offline
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Registered: 10/03/12
Posts: 376
Loc: Michigan
Video game music is my favorite, especially when they have good arrangements. I have a few on my Youtube channel and I plan on recording some Final Fantasy Piano Collections pieces. Also check out Lara: http://www.youtube.com/user/lara6683

Get this book. Well worth the price and has most of the popular pieces from the 5 games from 7 to 10-2. They are the "Piano Collections" arrangements. My review has the song listing.


Squaresound.com is a good resource for seeing all of the books and the tracks listed.

You can listen to all of them on Youtube if you search for piano collections. You can also find the sheet music online pretty easily if you want to preview them first...

However, all of them are intermediate to early advanced music so you might have a hard time. For easier arrangements, you should buy the OST versions. However, they are pretty simple sounding so I don't like them as much as the piano collections versions.

I recommend this piece: Eyes on Me, which was one of the first pieces I learned when I picked up the piano. It's relatively easy:


#2157734 - 09/25/13 11:54 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Ashley Drew Offline
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Registered: 09/08/13
Posts: 6
Try pianofiles.com. It's a sheet music sharing site. I'm sure someone will have what you are looking for.

#2157764 - 09/26/13 01:22 AM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
erichlof Offline
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Registered: 04/26/10
Posts: 393
Hi Oongawa,
I also enjoy the FF music, especially arranged for piano. The following link is a real internet treasure. You can download ALL FF music/piano arrangements for free:


These are original piano scores (how they sound on pro recordings) and might be quite difficult if you are just starting out. However, it never hurts to have the original sheet music so that when you DO reach a certain level, you will be ready to enjoy learning/playing them as they were intended.

Hope this helps!

#2157800 - 09/26/13 04:15 AM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Piano Girl RMG Offline
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Registered: 06/24/07
Posts: 738
Loc: Germany

Our family friend Benyamin Nuss (a very young concert pianist who is taking Europe and Asia by storm) has recorded this music. You might enjoy this video:

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#2162159 - 10/05/13 02:49 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Oongawa Offline
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Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 333
I just wanted to offer my thanks to those who offered suggestions, especially the
ffpianomelody site.

I now have a copy of the piece and I was surprised it isn't as difficult as I expected, with the exception of the infamous four measures of 16th notes. My teachers assessment was "Challenging, but within reach." So, I'm thrashing my way through it.

I can play the whole thing but still pretty slow. Even so, it was just so encouraging to hear something that interested me and be able to play it.

Of course, the people who live with me are probably getting tired of it, ha ha, the joys of living with a wanna-be-pianist.

'69 Mason & Hamlin Model A

Working on: Chopin - Waltz in A Minor / Einaudi - I Giorni

#2162928 - 10/07/13 09:38 AM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Allard Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 345
Loc: Netherlands
I started working on Zanarkand two months after picking up piano, almost two years ago. It was very tough, but so fulfilling. I still play the piece regularly. It's even getting to sound like something, although those four measures are still beyond me (I play the piano collections version, not the OST). Never gets boring.
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#2163058 - 10/07/13 03:47 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Eddyaknow Offline
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Registered: 08/29/13
Posts: 54
Hey Oongawa this is what you are looking for laugh
scroll down to Final Fantasy X and there you will find "To Zanarkand" http://ichigos.com/sheets/fi

Edited by Eddyakmow (10/07/13 03:48 PM)

#2164165 - 10/09/13 10:01 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
Oongawa Offline
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Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 333
Thanks! That is a great site!

I need to spend some time on there figuring out what I'll do after Zanarkand.
Some of it was in keys that I'm not ready for yet - too many flats or sharps. But what an amazing array of beautiful music.

Thanks for sending the link.

'69 Mason & Hamlin Model A

Working on: Chopin - Waltz in A Minor / Einaudi - I Giorni

#2166669 - 10/15/13 01:32 PM Re: Final Fantasy music - Nobuo Uematsu [Re: Oongawa]
monads Offline
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Registered: 02/23/12
Posts: 166
Loc: CA
I have the Doremi original soundtrack books (VII, VIII, X). I'd be curious to check out the arrangements of same pieces contained in other books or the Piano Collectios. From the books above, I think only 'VIII' has the track titles in English. And depeding on where you buy the books from, some stores provide a Japanese/English track title sheet.

If you have the original soundtracks though, you can align the Japanese titles and translate the titles via iTunes English track titles. The book contents are listed by CD: CD1, CD2, CD3, CD4.

Yeah, I'm a big Nobuo Uematsu fan wink
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