Ukulele submission 2

Ukulele assessment 28/10/19

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
Same melody, same lyrics, same notes (except that I’m an octave higher), and these are pretty much the only things that is the same as the original song. I did the same melody because if I didn’t I might as well have done a different song (same for the lyrics). I used the same notes but an octave higher, and this is because I didn’t know how to play an octave lower on the ukulele. But this became a problem because I was scared to sing & I didn’t know if i could hit the notes (and i couldn’t cause i was kind of just talking in different pitches)
How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
My tempo, instruments and pitch are different. I chose to use a different tempo because it was hard to play as fast as the song, my fingers can’t go that fast. I chose to do a different pitch, because I didn’t know how to play it an octave lower on the ukulele. I thought it would waste my time trying to find the lower octave and how to play it. For my instruments, I used a ukulele, drum, violin and piano. I chose to use violin, piano & drums because since my tempo is slow, I wanted a different mood for the song. The original song represents a kind of happy and excited mood, but I wanted a different mood (calm) because if I was playing slow, I shouldn’t try to make it make people feel happy somehow. The drum I used also gave it a sort of calm mood, and it worked out in the end.

Discuss the following skills in relation to your Ukulele song choice…

Be specific to earn your grade!
Ukulele Skills… *
I didn’t really improve that much on ukulele, we already learned a lot of things from Grade 5 and the ukulele summative last time. (apart from knowing where some of the notes are and how to play a song). The last time we did a ukulele summative I got confused about the strumming and melody, and I didn’t know they were different tracks — I thought the parts on the sheet music where there were fingerings on top of the notes were how I had to play that note (as a full strum). Now I understand that the strumming and melody are different things and they should be put in separately. I didn’t have a lot of time left and I couldn’t record my whole strum because I found it hard to change from string to string and from note to note. I record each strum alone and I put it into my track and edited it. I missed a chord so I luckily found someone else who had an f strum. Unlike the way I put the strums into my recording, I recorded the whole thing (of my melody) but I skipped the note E because it was difficult to get to on the ukulele (I had to move my whole hand). The way I overcame this challenge was I recorded the note E alone and I edited it in later.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
I have learned how to make one part of my song louder and another part of my song softer. I also learned how to use the software piano, and I learned how to change the piano into a violin (while having both tracks at the same time, so both a piano and violin exist). I was having a kind of hard time with the drum, because at some points it randomly stopped when I didn’t want to. At the end of the project, I was pretty happy about how the drum was incorporated into the song. To be honest, I don’t really know if it goes well with the violin, piano and ukulele …

Time management for your project… *

Compared to last time, I think that my time management skills have gone down. I planned my time, but I always postponed when I was going to record my ukulele to the next music class then to the next music class … I ended up doing my ukulele and my software instruments at the same time (except my drum). If i could do this again, I would record all of the things I needed for my ukulele track and edit it (and do the software instruments). Another thing that got me slowed down is my indecisiveness about my song choice. I was planning to change to under the sea, and for 2 classes I spent time to learn it but I thought it was too hard, so I changed back to all star. Next time I should just stick with the choice I had originally made. The thing I did good was record all of my strums (except one cause I misread it) and I managed to add in my strums at home, I did the same thing for a note in my melody (I recorded an E string separately and added it in later). I did this because I had troubles changing from string to string and from note to note.

Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *

Even if I wasn’t fully done and I wasn’t that sure whether I wanted to add more or not, I got my song turned in on time. I managed to do a lot of work at home (and at school) to get my song done.. but I should not have procrastinated and waited until a week (not even a week like 4 days) before the due date to review and make sure that everything was on beat and check if all the notes were right (I found a lot of mistakes). In the end, I am kind of proud of what I did (but not as proud as the last ukulele recording). Next time I should try to manage my time better.

Ukulele Submission

I decided not to sing because I’m not comfortable with singing :>

My ukulele reflection:

In the following questions you must use CORRECT MUSIC TERMINOLOGY.

Make sure you know the specific terms of what you need to talk about.


What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The key of my tune is F (F major), the time signature is 2/4.


What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
The rhythms are repeating, but with different notes (except bar 12 – 16). It repeats eighth notes and quarter notes, with the quarter notes being on the last beat (except bar 12 & 14). I decided to swing the song because it’s normally meant to be played/sang like that , so I decided to go the traditional way. I also thought it sounded better with the swinging than without.


Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
My note accuracy was pretty on point. There were a few notes I just had to re-record because I plucked a string too hard. The accuracy in my singing was okay. I didn’t need to do much editing for that. Some parts of my melody & strums were off beat (by like a quarter of a beat). I fixed this problem by editing my strums and my melody recordings by trimming and moving the recordings (on garage band) so that they are on beat.


What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
I have learned another strumming technique and I learned when to strum, and that you’re not meant to strum on half notes. I learned new notes , and how to change from string to string faster (so no gaps if there’s a rest). I have also learned how to use a swinging tempo on the ukulele, I learned when I need to add a strum and when not to add a strum.


How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
I decided to use a tempo of 71 bpm. I chose to do 71 bpm because I thought that if I had played it faster, it would be really messy and I wouldn’t really know how to play that fast (and i’d be rushing and mess up some notes). This song is also a kids song and I kind of wanted to match that theme so I played it slowly instead of playing it really fast like some other people did.


How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins… *
Since some of my strumming and melody-playing was off time, I had to some trimming. Another thing that happened was that I was playing with the metronome (on garage band) with 120 BPM, and I was playing at 71 BPM. I got help and managed to get it fixed. I had also wanted to autotune my singing (cause I suck), so I was playing around with some of the pitch-changer things, but it didn’t work :<


Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
Recording the melody and strumming was easy. The editing part of this was also pretty easy. The thing I was the most worried about was the singing part, until I found out we could autotune (which failed), or we could talk the lyrics. Another problem was that, after a few weeks, I wanted to change to Johnny on the woodpile (at first I was playing amazing grace). I decided to change because i thought the notes & strums were easier. I wanted more of a happy song instead of a kind of sad song 🙂

My instrument choice

I decided for grade 7, I’m going to learn the flute. The reason I chose the flute is that I think it’s easier to blow into, and it looks like something I can carry around easily (it’s light). The flute also has fewer pieces to clean, so I don’t have to spend hours trying to clean it. The resource below also shows how to clean a flute (and it’s easy to follow).

Resources to learn the flute:

How to clean a flute

How to hold a flute (& read fingerings)

How to blow into the flute

Flute disassembly & reassembly 

Notes on a flute