For our last music summative, we got to pick a song to play on the ukulele. It was basically the same as our previous ukulele summative, but this time, we had to add in a software instrument of our choice and a drum track from Garageband, and we also got to pick the song. I picked the song Stand by Me by Ben E. King. For the software instrument, I picked piano. My things were not exactly in time, but I think it should be ok. Here is my recording!
YET ANOTHER CRINGE WARNING
Oh and heres my Google Form answers 🙂
How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this?
I used the same lyrics and the chords that were shown on Ukutabs or whatever it’s called, but I couldn’t find the real bpm for the original song, so I just used the default in Garageband, which is 110 bpm. I found that okay, and I could play along to it. For the time signature, I played around with the different ones on Garageband until I found one that suited my song, which was 4/4.
How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions?
I tried not to change it much, but I think that the drums are different because I just used the pop rock drummer. The drums were easy to work with; I just put them in a place I thought they fit in. Originally, the song is not meant to have a piano, so I had a bit of difficulty adding the piano into it, but I got it eventually. At the end, I added more lines of just repeating the same verse, because I got carried away when I was recording.
Before, I had taken ukulele lessons, so I knew the song from before, but I hadn’t played it in a while, but I remembered the chords so I just had to sort of re-learn them. Switching between chords were pretty easy, especially A minor and F, because it’s just one finger difference. F to G7 was harder because F is 2 fingers and G7 is 3 in an awkward position. For strums, I picked the island strum because I though it fit the song really well and it was easy to get the hang of as well.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use…
I learnt to use the Garageband piano partly from the mini tutorial during music class, but also from just playing around with it too. The drums were harder, but what I did was I used the one that suited the song most and put it in che chorus. I thought it was hard to get the piano and the drums to sound decent when being played at the same time, so I just did piano for verses and drums for the chorus. For the piano, I played the piano when I was little but I have forgotten basically everything, so I just did the chords (C, A minor, F, and G7) on the beat it switched (this is hard to explain).
Time management for your project…
I submitted it on time, but it was kind of last minute, but that was mainly because my software instruments and recording and editing took longer then it should have because my computer is super laggy and tells me there are “problems syncing audio and MDI” or something or there is a “system overload”, so it would stop the recording in the middle, so I would have to restart for it to sound good. Next time, I have to make sure I start earlier or my work won’t be the best I can make it.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time)
I think I should prioritise better, and be more efficient as well. I think I should also make sure I have a backup computer to record on, so if mine is really not working for any reason, then I can still submit my work on time.
Our chosen instrument summative was to play a short song that was in our music books called Go for Excellence. Two notes, G and F, were off key because its hard to make the high key without making a super loud squeaky noise. Also my last note was a bit flat because I was running out of air. Anyways, here it is!
Here are my answers from the Google Form about my ukulele submission
What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?
The key was C major, and the time signature was 3/4
What sort of rhythms are used in your song?
There were mostly crochets, minims, and semibreves at the end and ends of lines. There were also half notes, like the two that are connected at the top for the words “like” and “am” in Amazing Grace. There were also the ones that have a line at the bottom at the end of the 2 bars. I knew some of the notes from before when I played the piano, but I forgot a lot of them and their names.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing…
I was pretty accurate and didn’t have to cut many pieces. I did have to do more than one take, but that was mainly because my computer was being annoying and stopping my recordings in the middle of playing because of a dumb “system overload”. My strumming was a bit off time, but I just had to cut them and move them to the beat.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired?
I did have a bit of prior knowledge about playing the ukulele, but I learnt how to read notes better (I already knew a bit because I used to play piano) and what the notes with lines connecting them at the bottom meant. I also learnt how to try to find what strum pattern matched the melody. I had learnt a few like just down-up-down-up, and the island strum, but none of them matched the melody. I also learnt how to tune a ukulele.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this?
I decided it the speed of my playing because I didn’t want to go too fast, because then I’d be worried I’d mess up. I had tried recording with Garageband before, and I had played too fast, I couldn’t match the rhythm and melody up with the singing.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins…
I only used the ones I had used before, like cutting and moving the different clips to fit the time. I also didn’t know how to get all the other editing tools anyways.
Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues?
I had issues with my computer, because my wifi is terrible and the music glitches and says that they had problems syncing something with the something that I forget or there was a “system overload” as I mentioned earlier. I think I spent my recording time well, and I finished recording fast, but editing took me a little because I couldn’t figure out how to make a recording (my singing) louder.
A while ago, we were assigned this Chinese story writing project. We got into groups of 3 and wrote a story with the target phrases from the unit story about Feng Shui. I was in a group with ALEXA and ISABELLA. We wrote a story about feng shui, and we also included pictures we made. Here is the link to it.
In Chinese, we had a beam design competition. Every year, the Chinese teachers ask the Grade 6s to draw a beam design for one of the CCC classrooms. The votes were kind of messed up from my perspective, because they chose 18 designs from only several classes, and most of them were higher level classes. Some of the designs were better than others. This is a picture of my design. It may be a bit blurry.