I Lost a Friend – Ukulele, Your Choice

A month ago, I started a project on this song. My goal was to create a cover with ukulele chords, here is my reflection.
Photo of Garageband file:
Final Product:
(High-Quality Version at bottom of the post)
How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this?
My recording uses the same BPM, notes, lyrics, theme and rhythm. I decided to do this because I thought these were the basic components of the song that had to be kept in order for it to be recognizable. For the BPM (85 BPM), I decided to keep it the same for the end product because it was at a perfect pace. If I set the BPM under 80, the song would be too slowly paced and it would take too long to play since the original song was already long enough. Setting the BPM higher would not go with the theme of the song as this song has more of a gentle theme. I decided to keep the notes the same because they are essential for the song to sound in tune and I kept the lyrics since I was creating a cove of the song. Lastly, I decided to keep the same strum pattern for the ukulele which was down, down, down, down. This strum was implemented throughout the whole song as it resembled the same pulsing rhythm in the original. One last thing I kept the same was the octave. In the song, the vocals weren’t too high or too low so I felt I could handle it without bringing it an octave higher or lower. In conclusion, I decided to keep the basic and essential part in order to maintain the same feel/theme and keep it recognizable.
How is your recording different compared to the original song?
What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
I added a couple of instruments to the song such as ukulele, the bass and drums as a way to add a larger variety of sounds to the piece that was fitting. I used these instruments in a way that would add a better mixture of sounds. For example, when the original song had only a piano playing, I decided to add some bass to make it sound more interesting and to enrich the sounds of the song. The drums I added kept the song sounding more engaging since there were a variety of fill and complexities. I made sure to set the complexity and the volume in the drums in accordance to the part of the song (verse, chorus, bridge, etc…). I kept it quieter and less complex at the end where the song was slower and set it to be faster with more complexion and fills when the song was at its chorus. In short, I did this to add a mixture of sounds and to make it sound more interesting.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
Although I had a bit of prior knowledge from the previous project, I think my Garageband editing was lacking near the beginning. I was doing a lot of things wrong in the early stages of this project. I was matching up the notes to the original song, putting notes on an uneven beat and cropping off too much of the ukulele strum. Another thing I did wrong was set the BPM to 169 which was incorrect, I did this because I searched up the BPM instead of testing it out myself. It was only later on where I realised the BPM was supposed to be 85. Looking back, I definitely should’ve made a clearer plan on how I was going to accomplish this task so I could start doing things correctly from the start. It was only later when I realised I shouldn’t have just matched up the notes to the original song. After the point where I started doing things correctly again, I think my Garageband editing was decent. I knew how to crop the ukulele strums and loop them into a bar and find the correct soundtracks for each of the notes. For the piano and the bass, I also successfully cropped them and placed them in time with ease. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure what drums to add to my song at first. After working on the project for some time, I understood the theme of the piece more and knew when and where to put the drums. I think this was because I could hear where the intro, the verse, the chorus and the bridge were. Once I added the drums, I split them into several sections for the verse, chorus and bridge and set the complexity and volume to match the song. As for my singing, I recorded each of the lines individually and put them in time without my trouble since I recorded it at the end (I had the experience on cropping and timing). Not only did I put it in time, but I set the pitch correction to 80 which helped a little in making my voice sound better. To sum it up, I had decent Garageband editing skills, I knew how to crop, set the BPM, find the right notes, loop notes, add drums and set the drum complexity.
Time management for your project… *
I believe my time management was decent up until the end of this project. I completed the chords and added the piano before my classmates were done. The first obstacle came when I put in the bass part. Since on the week where I was supposed to work on the bass, there were more assessments than usual, I didn’t spend much time working on music. I was just slightly behind up until the stage where I realised a huge portion of my song had issues with timing and uneven beats. Once I realised that my song required quite a bit of reformatting, I put in some extra effort and I completed it as quickly as I could. It was a lot to do but I made sure to do it quickly because I didn’t want to fall too far behind. Fortunately, once I reformatted the song, the bass was fully completed. After I finished the instrumental part of the song, I had to complete my singing. The singing took up to 2 days (Longer than I expected) but I managed to finish it before the deadline. In conclusion, I had great time management up until the bass but I picked up the pace when I found out I had huge issues with my song which put me back on track. Next time I start a project like this, I should plan out a timeline and check my calendar to see if there is anything that will hinder my progression.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
I had quite a few issues with Garageband throughout the project. For example, I ran into many issues with “No input” and “No output selected”. When I first ran into them, I tried to fix it myself. Unfortunately, I couldn’t for the majority of these times so I had to find a way to fix them. I decided to go watch videos on how to fix the issues instead of asking for help on google classroom because it was more effective. (Online learning made asking for help hard and take long times.) In conclusion, I feel that I was quite independent. I solved most of my issues by myself but Mr. Otoole helped me with the major ones like timing and tempo.
 High-Quality Version:

Ukulele Submission – Step 3 – Finishing off the song!


Demonstrate awareness of the art form studied, including the use of appropriate language.



Demonstrate awareness of the relationship between the art form and its context.


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? *
They key of the tune is F major and the time signature is 3/4


What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
The main rhythms were mostly composed out of crochets and minums. They were used since this song had a moderate pace. When combined with the 3/4 time signature, these notes helped make a rhythm that wasn’t too fast nor too slow.


Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to inputting the strumming and melodic playing… *
I think my note accuracy and my rhythm accuracy was decent. My notes were accurate because I strengthened my skills in sight-reading earlier on in this unit. I think my rhythm accuracy was pretty good as well because I referred to the sheet music every step along the way. This was also easy with GarageBand because the application allowed me to edit my song whenever I wanted.


How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
This was a childrens song so I made sure it wasn’t too fast or too slow. I settled at 120 to keep a calm tone that wasn’t too slow.


What skills did you acquire with your use of Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… How did you use these skills throughout the assignment? *
I used these skills to arrange my song. I constructed my song out of pre-recorded notes by arranging them in a specific order with each one having a designated length. For example, I only allocated 1 beat for a crochet (1/4 note) but I allocated 2 beats for a minum (1/2 note).


Discuss any challenges you had to overcome for this assignment! *
There was a slight amount of difficulty in completing the harmony section of my piece. It was a little hard because it was similar to the melody but there were different notes. The main reason that this was a little hard was because I always got mixed up between the two lines on the music sheet. I easily overcame this by cross-checking the sheet for every note I pasted.
GarageBand Screenshot:
Audio Recording:

My Instrument Choice

Hey Readers,

I am now transitioning into the music rotation which is one of the rotations in the three fine arts assigned by my school. I will now have to choose an instrument. After some research, I have decided that I will attempt to learn how to play the clarinet. The clarinet is a wind instrument that has a straight cylindrical tube and a single-reed mouthpiece.


Here are some resources I compiled to research about clarinets:

A brief overview of the use of clarinets.

A guide on utilizing the correct equipment to clean a clarinet.


Two guides on the basics of a clarinet.


Design Criterion D

Hey Readers,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted. This is my reflection on my logo design project. Below is my logo:

My Design Crit C Logo

I created this logo for my Design Crit C assessment. I used colour and shape psychology to help develop my logo. I used these sources to create my logo:

The presentation above helped me decide which shapes to use. I learnt about how triangles meant precision and circles represented perfection. I utilized this knowledge to choose my base shapes and the many details I included in my logo.

The presentation above helped me decide what colours I would use in my logo. For example, blue meant conservatism and loyalty, green meant growth and envy, while gray meant balance and boredom. I employed my knowledge to choose my colours.

Upon completing my logo, I created an annotated diagram to display the many aspects of my logo. Below is my annotated diagram:

Since I still have the Crit D component to complete, I will have to receive some feedback. Below are my suggested prompts.

My questions:

  1. What do you think about my logo?
  2. How can I improve my logo?
  3. What do you like/dislike about my logo?



Unité 1: Parlez-vous français – critères C et D à l’oral

Task: Create a role-play to include all of the information I have learned since the beginning of the year.

Time management:

Although we had enough time in our audio, it was a long process for developing the script. Even though we included a lot of information in our first draft, it only lasted for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Since we had included almost all of the content we had learned, all we could do was add more detail to our script. We added better responses and more adjectives.

Work Ethic of Partner:

I had a really valuable partner. Even when she was sick, she still came on the script document and worked on it while I was in French class. We also made sure to complete the task by recording the audio afterschool.


I believe that my pronunciation was pretty solid aside from a few words that I wasn’t so familiar with. For example, I pronounced the word “famille” incorrectly.

Was my partner easy to work with?

Yes, we were focused for the majority of the time in class. We did not encounter any issues with recording and the whole process went smoothly.


A challenge I encountered was how my role-play script did not last long enough in the beginning. This forced me to add more details and use more adjectives.


I was proud of my results. I got full marks in my communication and a decent mark on my utilization of language.

Goal For next Assessment: I would like to improve my utilization of language and learn how to pronounce French words correctly.


Hey Readers,

6E just started a new unit called STP (Sharing the Planet), it focuses on world problems. So far, we have been reading unit books in groups. My group read a book about this boy called Iqbal and his sustainable gadget. He participated in a science fair because his pregnant mom was getting sick from smoke fumes. His gadget ended up to be a solar cooker which did not require any fuel to operate. After he built the solar cooker, his mom’s health improve because she didn’t have to cook over an open flame. Soon, we were given a sheet called “Think, Feel, Care”. We had to write about our feelings and thoughts about Iqbal and his gadget.


Horus Yeung