Music: Ukulele Recording ( Au Clair de la Lune )

Here is my recording of Au Clair de la Lune…

Discuss your Ukulele song choice and the skills you acquired.

I chose the song called, ‘Au Clair de la Lune’ because it is a French song ( I speak french ) and I knew the song already. The first four measures were repeated in the measures 5 to 8, F F F G, A G, F A G G,

Discuss your overall understanding of Garageband and its processes. How has your skill at Garageband impacted your song?

I have no experience with a ukulele or GarageBand, so everything was new to me.  I didn’t use the metronome button because I knew when I had to play every beat, I sang the beats in my head. The tempo of my piece was 80, not to slow and not to fast. First I struggled a bit with strumming because it didn’t sound right, I kept on recording again and again. When I finished my three recordings, I saw that the melody and strumming were not always in time. I started to trim and cutting by pressing on command  ‘T’  and dragging the audio region forwards or backward. I tried to use enable flex but I wasn’t sure how to use it. In the end, I pressed command ‘J’ so the audio region would be one track.

Domestic Workers in HK

During Experience day I was learning about helpers in HK also known as ‘domestic workers’. I learned lots of things about them, such as they only get paid 4000 HK dollar per month, sometimes even less. Some helpers get verbally, physically or mentally abused, the employers have no right to do this. In this situation they go to the organisation called ‘HELP for Domestic Workers’, they help them with their employers. Helpers won’t quit their jobs because they won’t have money to bring to their family. Another reason is, then they need to find a new job in less than two weeks or they will have to go back to their home country.  They have one day of rest every week ( mostly on Sunday ), they enjoy dancing, singing and going to church. I liked when we had to act out a situation and make a good or bad ending. I learned new things about helpers, how they get treated, what they do in their free time and why they wanted to be a helper. Since Experience day I helped my helper more with washing the dishes and preparing the table. I realized how difficult it could be for helpers ( to leave their family is one example ).

ILONA

Instrument Research

In music we have to choose a band instrument such as the trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba or percussion. I choose clarinet because I like the sound of it and I don’t have much experience with music (this is one of the easier ones).

If you want to learn an instrument, you also need to know how to take care of it. So I watched some videos…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujkxt0iPzsc

Supplies you need or are recommended:

  • Yamaha Key Or
  • A common paper towel
  • Pull through swaps
  • Rubbing alcohol (spray bottle)
  • Duster brush
  • Cleaning cloth

Here are some clarinet covers that I liked:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwek4r6x174https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9bKjSIoJ5A

A goal that I want to achieve is, ‘I will try my best to practice everyday at least 10min.’

ILONA

 

 

 

 

My Logo – Design

I like playing volleyball and my dog, Choco, is awesome (he is a labradoodle). I left it black and white because it is different from everyone else his/her logo (contrast).

What about some feedback:
  • In what ways does my logo represents me? If you can’t figure out how it represents me, what could I add ?
  • Could I improve on something ( element ) to make it more clear? If yes, what could change?
  • Is this too complicated? If it is what could I delete or change to make it more simple?
  • Is this memorable? If yes what makes it memorable?

     

    After reading all the feedback I made 2 paragraphs:

In what ways did I create a successful logo?

My logo was successful with the idea of a dog playing volleyball, which makes it memorable for most people. Everyone understood how it represents me, the two things that I deeply love. What some commenters like was that my logo was different from everyone’s else’s because it didn’t have any colours. Most logos have shapes around them but mine doesn’t, this way it looks like the dog has jumped really high you can’t even see the ground ( cool ) and it is again different from other logos. 

What improvements would I make to my logo?

One of the changes I can make is, someone’s idea was putting a coloured circle behind it, so it  would help to make it more interesting and complete. The dog was a bit complicated and unclear so I might want to ask some people ‘What can I change of my dog to make it more clear of what it is?’ or I could get some inspiration from the internet. One of the commenters said: ‘Maybe for the volleyball net, you should have two lines at the side to show that its a net.’, if that will make the volleyball net more obvious than I surely use it. Another commenter said: ‘I think you should make the dog much simpler or get rid of the volleyball net, as I can tell it’s volleyball with just the ball.’ (thank you for your opinion), I think if you would get rid of the net, some people will think I play basketball or netball, so I will leave the net. Then there are some small details that need some perfection.

I changed somethings in my logo and now it looks like this….

What do you think about it?

Ilona