Ukulele Song – Amazing Grace

Here’s my audio:

Here are my statements:

 

 

 

Through the process of learning Ukulele skills and working through Garageband I learned musical terms/definitions. Discuss:

 

In the Ukulele unit, I learned how to hold the ukulele properly and how to play the ukulele. Also, I learned how to do strumming on the ukulele and the definition for this new ukulele term. Strumming basically means playing through all the strings on the ukulele. I also learned how to play different notes on the ukulele and the basic rules on it such as the four strings’ names are GCEA. Besides the ukulele, I learned some new terminology for music although I had learn a lot of them before. I learned the definition of tempo, tempo basically means how fast do you play your instrument or what is the speed of it. In the unit, we also learned the basic skills for Garageband in order to put together and edit our ukulele piece. When I was using Garageband, I first recorded the melody part of Amazing Grace. After that, I listened to it and make sure there are no flaws in the recording. Then, I recorded a strumming on C in order so I can copy and paste to all the places that needs to strumming of C major. However, there are chords that’s not actually C major, so I recorded the other chords and crop them to put into the strumming part of my audio. In the end, I can have chords that was played in the same dynamics.
 

How were your decisions on your final arrangement informed by the formative unit work?

The formative unit work had helped me by getting more familiar with the ukulele. For example, we did the play along activity in class so I can get more familiar with strumming my ukulele and using the right way for your fingers when you strum. Also, I listened to how the teacher played it and found videos on online to teach me how to hold or play the ukulele. In addition, I listened to my classmates’ audio to have an idea how should our assignment sound like. My friends also listened to my audio and gave me feedback on how should I improve the sound of my ukulele. I think that using resources and time usefully can make your final audio more successful.

Music is communication, music is compromise, music requires discipline, music means collaboration. Discuss in relation to your work.

 
Firstly for communication, music can express one’s feelings, especially the composer’s thoughts. We also can communicate through music by deciding the rhythm, tempo, and how hard you play the music. In my unit work, the composer used communication through his work so when I am playing the song, I need to think of what the composer want to communicate when he wrote this song so I can play this song and so I can actually feel what the composer is feeling. For compromise, music can be really expressive so you can actually feel the story inside. For discipline, without discipline, you cannot perform successfully . Discipline requires patience and knowledge. For example, the audio I did requires lots of practice in order to get an excellent grade. Music also requires collaboration when you are doing symphonies. But also in this unit, collaboration works when you are trying to put two tracks together, it requires you to match your strumming to your melody.

 I had a strong artistic direction for my final musical audio recording. Discuss:

 
For my final audio, I chose Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace is actually a soft and sad song so in order to control how my audio sounds. I think the strumming for my audio is a bit too loud. I think strumming is suppose to be the one that’s quiet because it is not the main part of the music. The strumming voice of the audio is covering the melody and my voice. The sound is supposed to be soft and slow but I kept it in a pretty quick pace. I think next when I work on my ukulele I should work on that.

I enjoyed this unit very much. My favorite parts were…

 
I enjoyed this unit very much because I got to explore different instruments other than the one I’m playing. My most favorite part is learning and recording the ukulele because it was really fun to put music together and playing around with Garageband. (although my finger hurts a lot)