Happy Mooncake Festival 2016

September 15th, 2016 by Ah Doe

Mooncake Festival 2016


If you are in the mood of playing some moon related songs, these are several ones that I have transcribed before for your reference:

  1. Lost to the moon from Korean Drama The Slave Hunter Soundtrack
  2. New moon from Twilight Saga
  3. Moon River by Andy Williams
  4. The Moon Represents My Heart (月亮代表我的心) by Teresa Teng (邓丽君)

Besides the music scores, Ah Doe has nothing else but only these homemade mooncakes for you. Happy looking at this photo and enjoy your mooncake festival!

Ah Doe's homemade snowskin mooncakes


Scarborough – Piano and Guitar Accompaniment (Customization)

September 12th, 2016 by Ah Doe

Just completed a special customization request.

Scarborough - Piano and Guitar Accompaniment Music Score Preview

Click on the audio link below to listen to the demo of the music score arrangement:

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The non music related things that I am doing Ep 1

September 8th, 2016 by Ah Doe


COOK.BAKE.EAT.

Ang Ku Kuih WIP

Ang Ku Kuih

Peng Kuih WIP

Peng Kuih WIP

What is Ah Doe up to recently?

August 26th, 2016 by Ah Doe

Ah Doe may seem quiet these days.

Tumbleweed

The truth is: Ah Doe has been extremely busy!!!

Working, travelling, cooking, being crazy, planning things and also transcribing music scores.

The reason why I weren’t sharing most of these songs is because they might not be that popular.

For instance, there was this request from a harmonica player who requested me to transcribe a fairly challenging piano accompaniment part of a song called “Mitzva”.

This is what that reader wrote to me:

I downloaded some of your work and they have much higher standard than many others which I downloaded. Over the past 15 years, I have been doing my song arrangement using Sibelius, but in all these cases, I either have a full score or some partial score which I can adapt the musical ideas. Now I have a song called Mitzva (by Maurice Arnold in 1961, composed for Tommy Reilly) that I would like to generate its score. The recording here is played by the famous Norwegian harmonica virtuoso Sigmund Groven, accompanied on piano.

And this is what I transcribed:

Click on the audio link below to listen to the demo of the piano sheet arrangement:

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Mitzva Piano Accompaniment Arrangment Preview by Ah Doe

And for another instance, there was another customer who requested me to transcribe The Silk Road by Kitaro just for the flute and piano. This song is to be for the Ocarino solo performance.

Playing Ocarina

And there you go, transcribing songs requires listening to the songs over and over again, extracting certain instruments from the song and putting them together, adding a little creativity if needed.

The Silk Road music Score for Ocarina Preview

These layout of the music scores of these songs may not appear to be as nice as other music scores that are available at www.ahdoe.com because the requests are normally very straightforward and urgent.

So in short, Ah Doe is still alive and active. If you need transcription services, do email me at callme@ahdoe.com. I’ll see what I can do to help you

Cheers!


Last Post

April 24th, 2016 by Ah Doe

It’s known as Taps in the United States.

The story behind the “Last Post”. Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. The Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.

The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. The Captain asked for permission to bury his son with full military honors but was refused because the soldier was a Confederate. He then asked for a military band to play at his son’s funeral but again was denied. Out of respect for the Captain Command allowed him one musician. He chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform. The haunting melody, we now know as ‘The Last Post’ used at military funerals was born.

“I confess, without shame, that I am sick and tired of fighting — its glory is all moonshine; even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentations of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands, and fathers, it is only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is Hell.”

by General William Tecumsen Sherman, Union Army Commander

On Anzac Day 2016
Red Poppies Anzac Day