Video Game Sheet Music – Not Just for Kids!
Based on a number of requests, we’ve added digital sheet music downloads and sheet music books over the years that cover a range of video games including Final Fantasy (Square Enix) and Halo (Bungie). Our Video Games Live sheet music includes songs from Kingdom Hearts and Civilization IV. Many of the classic rock and modern songs we have on Musicnotes.com were also featured through Guitar Hero (Activision), Rock Band (Harmonix Music Systems, Inc) and the Dance, Dance Revolution series created by Konami.
In a recent article from Yahoo! entitled "As music industry stumbles, musicians turn to games," the article addresses how great songwriters are taking their talents and enhancing the music in video games. For people who play video games, each song means something a little different to each of them. Video game music highlights and enhances in-game video, "boss battles" where your hero will fight an epic battle, or spectacular moments in game. Lighter music tends to accentuate "safe" moments in the game where a character isn’t threatened by enemies; grand, majestic minor keys are sometimes used to bring a sense of urgency during epic battles. An example of great video game sheet music is the Final Fantasy video game series.
Final Fantasy features songs like the theme song from Final Fantasy VII, 1000 words from Final Fantasy X-2 and Song of Memories from Final Fantasy IX. 1000 words was a powerful moment in the game Final Fantasy IX and one of my favorite video game songs.
Yuna, one of the main characters, is a heroine first featured in Final Fantasy X. (We feature several songs about Yuna in our sheet music for Final Fantasy X.) In this best-selling sequel, Yuna transforms into a magical songstress by donning a dress sphere that had belonged to an ancient singer named Lenne over a 1,000 years ago. The song 1,000 words is a song where Yuna is trying to musically convince the people of Spira (their world) to put aside their differences. At the high point in the song, composed by Takahito Eguchi and Noriko Matsueda, the ghost of Lenne’s tragic character escapes from the sphere and sings with Yuna in a plea for peace and understanding.
Halo theme songs continue to be popular and in-demand as well. Did you know we’ve added the song One Final Effort from Halo 3? Composed by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori in 12:8 time to be played majestically, you can almost feel the anticipation as your hero faces its foes (Which, in this case, are two Scarabs).
If you do enjoy songs for kids, Konami just announced Dance, Dance Revolution: Disney Groove for the Wii with a tentative release date of March 2009. Musicnotes.com features over 250 Disney songs for digital download and over 275 Disney sheet music books so we expect that there might be some crossover between the songs in the upcoming video game and what we already have on our site. My prediction is that we’ll probably see Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid, Reflection by Christina Aguilera from Mulan and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins.
Also available through Musicnotes.com is Kingdom Hearts sheet music. So far we have twenty-five songs, from Kingdom Hearts I, II and Chain of Memories.
Did you like our sheet music for High School Musical and High School Musical 2? You’ll probably be thrilled to know that Microsoft has released High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE! on October 21st for the XBox 360.
Whether you like to play video games or not, it’s clear that theme songs from video games are infused with a lot of musical and songwriting talent. More often than not, there’s quite a bit of crossover from popular songs throughout the decades, which is a testament to the songwriter’s ability to create a song that’s so "in tune" with itself it can be sung, played and heard over and over again — even in a video game.
Believe it or not, you may already be playing some video game music if you enjoy Disney’s songs, because there is often a lot of crossovers between Disney movies and best-selling video games like the characters from Shrek, Cars, Ratatouille and more!
Are you interested in playing or singing any video game sheet music? If so, feel free to post in the comments what you’d like to see or what you’ve played.
Want More Video Game Sheet Music?
Be sure to visit these other articles about video game sheet music to find the songs you’re looking for!
- Blue Dragon video game sheet music
- Guitar Hero songs featured on Guitar Guru Sessions.
- Kingdom Hearts sheet music now featuring twenty-five songs!
To find all the songs you’re looking for, we invite you to visit our video game sheet music selection of over one-hundred and fifty downloadable songs and great songbooks!