Saturday, June 27, 2015

Naruto "Sadness and Sorrow" for Melodica Solo

Here comes the WOOD mylodica again!!
Well, I have heard this theme song when I watched the anime "Naruto" long time ago. One day I heard this song again, I was like "hmmm maybe I can arrange this song for melodica solo, as this song has A LOT of expressive sustain notes". And here it is :)

This time I use a relatively simple arrangement compare to the songs that I arranged in the past. I personally really like how it comes up with. Wish I had time to install a better microphone for this computer though, it would sound so much better with a better microphone. Anyway how you like it?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A decent level melodica - Suzuki M37

Well, speaking to that, I think the one that I use mostly -- Sound Electra Wood Mylodica, is the best melodica I have ever heard. But I think Mylodica is a bit too expensive for a beginner who wants to try out if melodica is something he/she wants to play (even though it is still only $300 US dollar, relatively still pretty cheap for an instrument). But you definitely don't want those that look like toys, they sound bad and it takes a lot of air to play them, and you probably don't want Hohner melodica which is made in China nowadays (in the past they were made in Germany and they sounded good). Hence I tried out one that is made in Japan, and you can get it under $100 US dollar, which is Suzuki M-37. I bid a used one for around $32 US dollar though :P

It comes out that the tone of course is no match compare to Mylodica, but it is good for the price, and a great one to try it out. I arranged the Dragon Ball Z main them "Cha-la Head Cha-la" on Suzuki M-37. This also proves that YOU can also play great music with such a cheap price, and it is YOU, not the instrument itself to make an instrument sounds good.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The power of the bass melodica (a.k.a. saxophone melodica) -- filling a bass line

Well, I have posted two videos of me playing the bass melodica before. (If you don't remember, I played "stand by me" and an improvisation of "fur elise" on my bass melodica). But in fact, the bass melodica is capable of more than that.

Since the standard melodica does not really have low notes, the purpose of the bass melodica is to fill up the bass line of a song. Let me give you one example, here is a Dragon Ball Z song I played for standard melodica solo:
It sounds pretty nice isn't it? But wait till you hear the version WITH bass melodica:

Sounds like the song got more "balls" hence more powerful isn't it? Well the purpose of bass melodica is like the bass guitar in a band. It really boost up the power of the song with the bass line. So with a bass melodica, you can actually form a melodica band just like regular band :)