To Zanarkand (FFX) complete (piano cover)

Finally, I got To Zanarkand recorded. It’s not perfect – as always, but certainly good enough for me 🙂


Progress – 336bmp (To Zanarkand)

I’ve been practicing the fast part for exact 14 days with at least 2h daily.

It’s amazing and unbelievable to see when the cerebellum takes over and enables someone to play fast than the brain is capable of thinking.

I was getting faster and faster the last days, but realized today that the quality was decreasing. I mainly got in these parts faster which were easier to play because of advantegous position of my fingers. Other parts which were harder to play got faster too, but still slower then the easier parts.

I know this effect, since this happened with my first piece River Flows in You as well, but there I didn’t realize what a huge problem this could become.

So, I had to use the metronome. It’s still hard for me to play with metronome, especially when I have to fit 4 notes between 2 metronom beats and there are triplets as well. The speed of a quarter note is 84bpm, but it was easier for me to clock the metronome to 336bmp!And, I ignored the two triplets – they confuse me a lot 😉

I started at about 200bmp and were surprised, that the playing becomes easier when the notes are played in equal speed. I don’t know the exact reason for this, but it could something have to do with speed change from fast to slower and the mass (my arm) which has to be slowed down or speed up.

So, here’s the current result of the fast part:

Somehow, I tend to slow down a bit on the end of a measure. I’m not sure whether I really have to fix this, because it gives the part another feeling …

(Progress) Fast part – To Zanarkand

I’m still practicing the fast part of „To Zanarkand“ for which the score below:

It’s incredibly hard to learn since one quarter is 84bpm, so a sixteenth is 336 notes/min which is physically impossible to play 😉

Today, I recorded a progress audio track of the fast part:

Unfortunately … It’s only about 66% of the original speed and therefore way too slow …

Stretch the hand

Oh, I think my hands are too small … There is a part (2 measures) in To Zanarkand, my hand is not large enough for.

The left hand has to play chords consisting of (C3, G3, E4 and D3, A3, F#4 for which I should have to strech my hand to reach over about 10 white keys. Surprisingly, my right hand can do it, but not my left. Seems then to be a matter of proper training?

I compared this with the other version of the FinalFantasy Piano Collection which looks like this:

Oh, wonder! These impossible-to-play-chords became arpeggios.

I tried it, but it’s still (too) difficult to play, even as arpeggio.

So, what to do? Play the first version and let a note behind? Or try to learn spanning 10 white keys with the left hand? Or try to play the arpeggio?

Not an easy decision 🙂

To Zanarkand

First of all, I haven’t learned it completly, yet. Sorry to have you to disappoint 😉

Perhaps I should take the time to give you the introduction of one of the most beautiful pieces I heard so far.

It is called To Zanarkand and is one of the music tracks of a computer game, called Fantasy 10. It was composed by Nobue Uematsu in 2001. If you are interested in more about the facts concerning the music in FinalFantasy, there is a Wikipedia site dedicated for it.

I found several different version of To Zanarkand. One of the most beatiful is an orchestral version:

One further beautiful interpretated verson (so far the best on piano) was played by Lypur:

My current progress is somewhere on the end on the 2nd sheet where the piece get’s a bit bitchy concerning the speed 🙂

There are several – I found 4 – arrangements, one of it is from the Final Fantasy X Piano Collection and should be considered as official version. But the version I’m learning was arranged by Mashashi Hamauzu.

The reson for learning a different than the official version is, that the sheets are simply clearer arranged, easier to learn. But the diffuculty should be the same.

If you are interested in learning To Zanarkand, you can compare the 4 versions for yourself:

Version 1 (Piano Collections short)
Version 2 (Piano Collections complete)
Version 3 (Masashi Hamauzu)
Version 4

Comments are welcome 🙂