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Ukulele – Your Choice! Moonlight 🌙✨

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *

I chose the song Moonlight by Grace Vanderwaal. I used the same strum pattern as hers throughout most of my song. I did this because I wanted my recording to sound fairly similar to the original. Another thing that is the same is that there is also ukulele in the original song which makes the recording more easily recognisable.

How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *

My recording is in a different key compared to the original song. I did this because I noticed my singing sounded better transposed 2 steps down (-2). Another thing that is different is that I have very different drums compared to the original song, this is because I thought the drums in my song suited it.

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

Be specific to earn your grade!

Ukulele Skills (if you did this yourself)

As I already had a basic understanding on how to play the ukulele and have used ukutabs in the past, this gave me a better understanding of what I needed to do for this project. Not being at school meant Mr OToole gave us recorded up and down strums of the ukulele. I used those to make my strum pattern. At the start, I knew the beat but was stuck on how long each chord should be. Asking Mr OToole for help benefited me as I could move forward in the project. These ukulele skills helped me to make my song more interesting.

Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *

In the process of making my song, I had to do a lot of editing in garageband. This included trimming, cutting, copy and pasting, adding recordings, changing the tempo and time signature. I used trimming to cut chords to what was needed in my song. copy and pasting made it easier to do my song as I could copy and paste a section to another place and not have to redo the same exact thing. When copy and pasting my piano and bass chords, I found it hard to make sure I wouldn’t put them in the wrong places or else my song would not sound right. I did not use my piano and bass throughout the entire song. I used them in the leading up to and during the chorus to make the song more interesting. I also edited the volumes of my recordings as I wanted my singing to be as loud as possible as it was very soft originally. Doing this meant I could control how loud my different recordings were. For the drums, I split them in particular parts to make fills which gave the song more depth. I found the tempo of the song by listening to it and playing around with it until it sounded right to me. I found the correct time signature by looking at sheet music.

Time management for your project… *

I think I managed my time fairly well. Although, I did need to spend some time out of class to finish this project. This was because I started procrastinating when I needed to do my singing and I kept setting it aside and ending up not doing it. I think giving myself time to focus on the task definitely helped me complete this project on time. Because I still had time, I was able to tweak the song how I liked it and not feel like my song was not ready to be submitted. Overall, I think I used my time well.

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

I think that I have been responsible for getting things done on time in this project. I tried to make an effort to attend music zooms, especially when I needed help or was unsure. Asking my mum for advice helped me be motivated to move forward in the project. Also, handing my recording earlier benefited me as I could make changes to what feedback Mr OToole gave me. This allowed me to be less stressed about this project.

Ukulele Submission – Step 3 – Finished Song – Up on the Housetop

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The key of my tune is in C major and the time signature is 4/4.

 

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
The rhythms that I used in the song were mainly quarter notes, but there were also a lot of half notes and eighth notes.

 

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to inputting the strumming and melodic playing… *
My melody, harmony, chords and singing recordings are all accurately placed. Also, I made sure I tuned my ukulele before I recorded it so that the notes were accurate. And then, I used those recordings and trimmed them to what length I needed and pasted them to where I needed it to match the sheet of music.

 

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
It is quite a happy and joyful song so I decided to make the tempo 120 beats per minute.

 

What skills did you acquire with your use of Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… How did you use these skills throughout the assignment? *
In this process, I have learnt how to trim, copy and paste, use the metronome, customise the drums, add a recording, change the time signature and change the tempo. These skills benefited me throughout this assignment as it made my life a lot easier and allowed me to efficiently complete this assignment.

 

Discuss any challenges you had to overcome for this assignment! *
It was hard at the start to figure out the task and how to accomplish it. But then I understood better when I progressed in the making of my song.

Ukulele Submission – Step 2 – Melody and Chords – Up on the Houstop

Un-Amazing Grace- Fixed!

My Instrument Info for Grade 7

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The parts of the saxophone

 

How to clean the saxophone

 

How to hold the saxophone

 

22. Weekly Reflection

⭐️+⭐️+🎯

⭐️ I am really happy with the research I did and found really good resources

⭐️ I had a chance to share my information with my table

🎯 I hope that we have more Exhibition focus weeks

Persuasive Writing/Speeches that Impacted me

This is my notes from watching speeches and reading a piece of persuasive writing. I learnt more about women’s rights. This quote from Emma Watson inspired me “Ask yourself: If not me, Who? If not now, When?”

A piece of work that impacted me

For my home learning, I asked my Mum and Dad what graphs they use at work. I now have a better understanding of these graphs and what kind of data is good for each graph.

YOUNG AMERICANS

COLOUR: The 3 days of the Young Americans being here was really exciting and fun

SYMBOL: This experience really pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me to persevere

IMAGE: On the last day, we got to stay at school and eat pizza with our friends

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