Difficulty Rank helps you to indicate which sheet music is suitable for your skill. Previously, I only divided it into 3 ranks:
But then I divide it into 5 ranks. However, criteria on each rank is not strict. And here they are:
- Beginner - Intermediate
- Intermediate - Expert
Notes are clearly simple. Chords are basic like pure major and pure minor only. Possibly that the composition had moved into easier position like do = C, do = G, do = D, do = F, do = B, but this is a special case. Song/score sample is Grief & Sorrow (from Naruto) and Good Morning (from D.N. Angel)
Beginner - Intermediate
Notes are varied but not hard to follow. Chords are having more variation. More sharps and flats. More challenging songs. Sample: Mosaic Kakera (from Code Geass)
Notes are complicated. Mastering more chords chart. Challenging from many aspects. No more simplifying. Score is restricted as the original sounds.
Intermediate - Expert
Harder than Intermediate. Need a careful reading. Harmony is a must as most of the chords are ornamental. However, free style playing is recommended. Creativity on making your own interpretation is suggested. If not, then at least the sound is pretty close to the original song/score.
A total challenging music to try. Knowledge of music theory (notes, chords, harmony, tempo, dynamic, etc) is a must. Free style, free interpretation, especially for the left hand (if playing piano) are the best part you can enjoy.