September 5, 2007
When I bought my piano this past February, I started on a journey that has ended up taking much longer than I initially thought it would. That journey was learning Tifa’s Theme by Nobuo Uemtasu.
Well, last night, nearly seven months after starting, and after probably well over 100 hours of time spent at the piano, I finally played the whole thing through from start to finish.
It wasn’t perfect, mind you. But, it was decent and coherent, and largely listen-able. Honestly, for the amount of time that I spent learning it, one would probably expect the song to be more complex than it actually is. It really boils down to the fact that I’m moderately OCD when it comes to learning a piano piece, as I want it to sound as close as possible to the original. So, I spend a lot of time on each part that I learn playing it again and again trying to get it to sound the best I can. And, even though I played I finally played Tifa through, there’s still lots of work to be done to tweak it and get the dynamics down. Knowing all the notes is only half the battle.
But, it was still something of a landmark, and I thought it worth mentioning on my otherwise sparse blog.