・Where can I download sheet music?
Sheet music for cover songs (anime, Disney, J-pop, video games) are licensed and sold through Musicnotes.
As for originals, they’re available on Gumroad. I do have a set price for originals; basically $1.00 per page of sheet music. The title page is not included in the final price.($5.99 maximum even if the transcription is 10 pages long). I try to transcribe the sheets with the least amount of pages as possible to keep costs low. Also included with your purchase is a MIDI file for the song with 2 separate tracks for the left and right hand. Keep an eye out for sheet music sales too!
If you’re interested in free sheet music, I do have some Christmas sheet music available. They’re hymnals, but they’re available for free if you’re interested.
Song books are coming soon! Generally speaking, the song books will be for originals for now. I’m working out a way to publish both a physical and a digital copy of song books. I will provide you with more details when song books are closer to being completed.
・Who are your influences on piano?
I have many, but to name my main influences:
George Winston, Jim Brickman, and Kyle Landry.
・Can I submit a request?
Yes! If you wish to request a song, please see the “contact me” page and submit a request there. I receive tons of comments on YouTube, so it’s difficult to read each and every comment. Submitting a request through my website is the best way to make sure I read your request.
If you would like to submit a request for the publication sheet music, please see the “contact me” page and submit a request there. Before I even start transcribing the song, I first find what is popular on YouTube or Spotify and then write the sheet music for that particular song. However, when people have requested the sheet music by sending me a message through email, I usually work on that song next before any other.
・Can I use your work in a YouTube video or another site?
Please message me before using my work; I love seeing what other people use my covers for, but you also need my approval before uploading anything. If you wish to use my work for a YouTube video or something related, you need to do these things:
- Contact me and let me know what you plan on using the song for.
- Make sure the credit for the song you used is given to me in the video description.
If you do these two simple things, I’ll most likely grant you permission to use whatever you want. I typically get questions about using my song as an accompaniment. This is totally 100% fine and I love seeing these type of projects!
If you are interested in having me compose music for a project, feel free to contact me.
Re-uploads are, in most cases, fine to do as long as you give me proper credit and you contact me first. If I do allow you to re-upload one of my songs, I would also ask you leave a link to my website in the description.
Let me give an example of what I do NOT allow: there have multiple incidences where people re-upload my songs to YouTube or elsewhere without proper permission and take the credit for their own. I do not allow this for obvious reasons. Even if you download a MIDI file from my website, made a YouTube video out of it and called it your own, that’s still wrong and I do not allow this.
I also need to cover the topic of MIDI files and sheet music. A question I often get is “can I distribute your MIDI files to another site or app?” or something on the terms of that. For MIDI, it depends so please contact me about your plan of the MIDI files. For sheet music however, the answer is no, especially the cover songs. Sheet music is licensed through Musicnotes and you are only allowed to print a certain amount for your own personal use only. You cannot purchase sheet music and then upload it online and/or distribute it to the rest of the world. That’s not legal and you risk copyright infringement pulling that stunt.
If you have any other questions about anything I covered in this FAQ, feel free to contact me.
・What instruments do you use?
Throughout the years, I’ve used the Yamaha CP-33, Yamaha P-120, Yamaha P-155, Yamaha CP-88, Kawai MP-11, Roland FA-08, Nord C2D (for pipe organ sounds). Most of the Yamaha keyboards I’ve listed are now discontinued, but eBay is a good place to look if you’re looking for older instruments.
As of 2020, the instruments I use for recording are the Kawai MP-11, Yamaha P-155, Yamaha CP-88, and Nord C2D.
The audio interface I use is the Scarlett Focusrite 2i4.
To give you an example, the piano sample you hear in Anime Music Collection, Vol.10 was recorded using the Yamaha P-155, whereas the piano sample you hear in Volume 11 was recorded using the Kawai MP-11.
I currently don’t have sound samples of the Yamaha CP-88 or the Nord C2D; however, Storybook Melodies will be recorded using the Yamaha CP-88 and the Nord C2D.
・What keyboard would you recommend?
Personally, I love the Yamaha brand but I’ve owned Casio, Kawai, and Roland digital pianos as well. Compared to these brands, Yamaha is definitely my favorite. Most of what you hear in YouTube videos and on Spotify was recorded using a Yamaha keyboard. If I were to recommend a decent keyboard with full 88, weighted keys, I would look into the Yamaha P-series. They’re reasonably priced from a $500-$1500 range. Ideally, the more you spend on a digital piano, the better the sound and feel is, at least that is typically what you should expect.
If you have a larger budget and want something that sounds and feels even better, you should take look at Yamaha’s CP Stage Pianos or Kawai’s MP Stage Pianos, or even consider getting an acoustic piano if you have the space. I can tell you that the Kawai MP-11 has a very deep, rich sound and definitely has the most realistic feel than any other keyboard I’ve ever owned. I’m certain that there are similar stage pianos that can compete with the MP-11 but speaking from experience, the Kawai MP-11 is a fantastic instrument.
Bottom line, everyone has different tastes in what they like and there is a huge selection on different keyboard brands. What you really should do is find a keyboard online that sparks your interest and then find a YouTube video reviewing that particular keyboard. Then listen to the sound with headphones on to get the full sound of the instrument. If you like the sound, go to a music store and see how it feels when you play it. If you like the sound and the feel, then get that one!
・What computer programs do you use to record and write sheet music?
Logic Pro X, iMovie, Finale, and Synthesia.
I use Logic Pro X to master tracks so it sounds like what you hear in the albums. I also use this application to export all the MIDI files that you can download on Gumroad. For the YouTube videos, I don’t use any fancy program. I simply use the footage and put them together in iMovie (the app that comes already installed on the iMac). For the transcribing the sheet music, I use a program called Finale. Works very well for me and has for many years. I use Synthesia to record piano tutorials and post those on YouTube.
・What camera do you use?
Since 2015 or 2016, I’ve been using the GoPro HERO4 Silver.
・How do you record music?
I use the keyboard’s record feature to record the song. I then transfer the audio using a USB audio interface. (Scarlett Focusrite 2i4 is what I use and I’ve been using it for years.) I use that interface to record the sound from the keyboard into either Audacity or Logic Pro X. I then master the track by adding compression/amplification/reverb, stuff like that.
When I’m uploading to YouTube, I first record the song using the keyboard’s recording feature at the same time recording the footage. I then add both the audio and the footage to iMovie then sync both together to match what I’m playing. Then I upload.