Electone sheet music free download – 春雨彎刀 (Chun Yu Wan Dou).
Right, what to write for the intro this time … Since I have quite a lot to say about both the TVB series from 1979, and the Gu Long Wuxia novel the series was based on, I’ll resort to point form:
- I was very young when TVB’s God of Sabre i.e. 刀神 (dou san) was screened on Singaporean television. And so I only remember two things. The series was very short. It was also very depressing.
- I read the novel in the late 90s, and sorry, I didn’t like it at all. Other than protagonist Ding Pang being highly unlikeable, I felt the story was preachy and excessively pessimistic. Besides, it was another of Gu Long’s many discarded projects; the tipsy Taiwanese author only wrote the first few chapters. The bulk was then completed by a ghostwriter and the difference in style was clear to me.
- While I don’t remember much about the ’79 TVB series, I do remember the title theme song. One of several TVB series theme songs performed by the awesome Jenny Tseng during those years, this melancholic “Wuxia song” was a huge hit throughout the Cantonese world. Actually, my family still has several audios cassettes with recordings of it. Chun Yu Wan Dou was also one of RTHK’s Top 10 Gold Songs for 1979.
There! Intro’s done. Here are the registration files and Electone sheet music.
Yamaha Electone Sheet Music and ELS-02C Registration Data for 春雨彎刀 (Chun Yu Wan Dou)
Warning! The registration and Finale PrintMusic files are zip files! You might need to disable your virus/malware protection before downloading.
As I have disabled the function, do not right-click to save as. On PCs, simply click on the links and the file should auto download in a separate window.
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- Once again, I’m following the original recording very closely. This time, inclusive of choices of sounds.
- While the original recording sounds simple, and is slow at 73 beats, there’s quite a lot of accompaniment going on. So as to retain the signature Cm / Bb arpeggio, I’ve assigned the piano accompaniment to the bassline. (Thus the constant bass pedal tapping in those segments; watch the first beat too when playing) The piano sound used is itself a user sound too, with a transposed secondary layer to create a double-note effect.
- Not much in terms of drums programming this time. I’m mainly using mild variations of the 8 Beat 1 and 16 beat 1 presets.
- Jenny Tseng’s original version has a dreamy panning effect for the oboe fillers, an embellishment popular with Wuxia music of that era. Given enough experimentation, I suppose I could have mimicked this in full with a panning sound effect setup. But I decided to save time and just reproduce the effect using two different registrations.
- Combo strings have always been a debatable area of the Yamaha Electone; well, at least according to some players. This time though, I thought the combination from one of the OTS wasn’t too bad. At the very least, it sounds close enough to the original recording. (Referring to Registration 16 here)
- How do you feel about the vocal sounds? To be honest, while such vocal sounds were a key selling feature during the release of the ELS-02 series, I always felt they were lacking. However, they now seem especially appropriate for older songs from the 70s and 80s. And Asian Wuxia songs, of course.
- Most of my voice settings have some degree of tuning. So make sure you give enough time to all notes while playing, if you’re downloading my registrations. Otherwise, it will turn out very choppy.
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