Music- Happier

 

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
My piano chorus is the same as the song, I did this because then I would have a piano part that sounds the exact same as what I am singing. Also, I did the singing the same as the original song, because I still wanted the recording to sound like the original song.

 

How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
My recording was different to the original song, because in the beginning before the singing part, the song has a guitar playing, but instead of the guitar, I decided to do a piano part instead because I wanted to change the song a bit so I decided to replace the guitar with a piano.

 

Ukulele Skills… *
I didn’t have much of any problems with my ukulele, because we already had a ukulele unit before this one and I learnt the basics of the ukulele. I learnt a new strum during this unit, its down down tap down. I had some problems remembering the strum because I am used to strumming the island strum. I decided to change things because I wanted to be able to use a different strum instead of using the same strum for everything. In the recording, I tried to use several different strums in the beginning, but I changed it to just 2 because I wasn’t able to make a smooth transition to each different strum pattern.

 

Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
The end product for the piano didn’t take as long as the time I was using for trial and error on the piano recording. I think that I struggled the most doing the piano because I wasn’t too sure how to use it in the beginning, but I got some help from my friends and I was able to use the piano. For the digital drums, I wasn’t too sure how to use them, so I left it as it was when it went into my Garage Band recording. Next time, I should have finished all of the software instruments before I do any of the ukulele or singing parts because then I would be able to make all of those in time with each other because since I did the ukulele and singing part first I struggled a lot with putting the piano and drums in time with each other. Even though I was still not able to put everything in time with each other

 

Time management for your project… *
For this project, I spent a lot of time doing trial and error, because I couldn’t decide what I should play on the piano, also when I was playing the piano, I had trouble playing the correct note at the correct timing, so I had to delete things and replay them, so I spent a lot of time on the piano part. A lot of the time practising playing the piano on Garage Band, because I was trying to be in time with the singing and the ukulele. As I did the singing and ukulele editing before doing any of the software instrument.

 

Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
I learned that I should finish the harder things first before doing the things I know how to do because then if I spend a lot of time on the harder things, I would still be able to get things done in time because I wouldn’t have to spend that much time on the things I know how to do.

 

Amazing Grace Uku Summative

Hello,

In these past weeks, my class and I have been learning how to play the ukulele, for this unit, I have been playing the song “Amazing Grace”,

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The key of my tune is C major and the time signature 3/4

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
The chords for Amazing Grace starts off with G, it is a quarter note. Amazing Grace is in Treble Clef. In Amazing Grace, the notes kept ascending and descending. Also in Amazing Grace, there are half notes, dotted half note, quarter note and eighth note. There is A’s, C’s D’s, E’s, G’s in Amazing Grace. For the strumming, there are only three notes which are C, F and G7’s. The notes in Amazing Grace were mostly half notes which is 2 beats, there were no repeats in Amazing Grace.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
In my recording, I think that when I was playing the ukulele that it was accurate. My strumming was more accurate in my opinion, because I learnt how to strum last year, since we had a ukulele unit as well. My melodic playing part, I think that I was able to play pretty well because it sounded like Amazing Grace. If I did this again, I think that I would try to make it more accurate in my strumming, because time to time, when I was strumming, I would accidentally strum something that was out of tune.

What Ukulele skills have you acquired? Chords, melody, etc. *
I knew how to strum the chords because I was able to learn some ukulele’s techniques since we were able to learn it last year in performing arts. This year, during the ukulele unit, I was able to learn about the melody, since I’ve never played that part of any song, I struggled a bit when I was practising, because I wasn’t to sure where I had to put my fingers but I asked a few friends and then I was able to play it, so that it is able to sound like the song I’m playing.

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
The tempo of my song was 127, I changed the tempo on my recording, because when I was editing my sound, it didn’t sound too good if I made it slower so I left it as the time it gave me when I first started using Garageband. The style matched my tempo, because the way I strummed was fast and loud so I made my tempo faster. I think that the change in tempo changed my recording, because my recording is faster than the actually song of Amazing Grace, because Amazing Grace is a slow and steady song

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… *
In Garageband, I used several different editing tools, I used cutting because my singing did not match my melody so I had to cut parts of my melody and move it a bit so that it was able to work with my song, I also used trimming, because in some parts of my recording, I held a note for too long so I had to edit it so that it would work with all of my other recordings. Also during the editing part, I changed some of the tempo’s to different parts because some parts of my recordings were faster than the other recordings so I had to change it so that it would all be the same tempo.

Discuss your recording process; recording bar at a time, chord at a time, in phrases? Did you have any concerns or issues? *
When I was recording, I would record everything at one time, and if I messed up, I would just rerecord it. I recorded my strumming first, because last year we already learnt strumming, so I already knew how to strum and also, I wasn’t too familiar with the melody yet at that time. The second recording I did was the melody because I wanted to record all of the ukulele part of the recordings so that I could start editing, also I thought that I wouldn’t be able to finish in time and because the singing part didn’t need a ukulele, I was able to record that at how, but i didn’t need to because I still had time to do it in class

 

Unité 1 Parlez-vous français Le critère C et D à lòral

The task was to create a role pay to include all of the information we have learned since the beginning of the year. My partner was Katelyn, during the preparation for the role play, Katelyn and I didn’t have any problems because we were able to work together well and we did an equal amount of work for the script, but there is a problem because our oral’s sound didn’t really come through and now we have to redo it now, it was mostly me who Madame Boyle couldn’t hear, I think this was because I was too far from the computer so that’s why the computer couldn’t really pick up my voice. Also, I had some pronunciation problems, because I didn’t know exactly how to pronounce it properly but at least now I know that when I redo it, I know what I need to improve on.

Logo Design

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  5. What do you think I was trying to represent?

 

My Instrument Choice

The saxophone, the saxophone has three parts, the main body, the crook, and the mouthpiece, if you pull the mouthpiece off, the instrument flat and if you push the mouthpiece further on the instrument gets sharp. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. Although most saxophones are made from brass, they are categorized as woodwind instruments, because the sound is produced by an oscillating reed, traditionally made out of woody cane, rather than lips vibrating in a mouthpiece cup as with the brass instrument family. The saxophone is used in classical music (such as concert bands, chamber music, solo repertoire, and, occasionally, orchestras), military bands, marching bands, jazz (such as big bands and jazz combos), and contemporary music. The saxophone is also used as a solo and melody instrument or as a member of a horn section in some styles of rock and roll and popular music. Saxophone players are called saxophonists.

Best Birthday Surprise!!!

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Hello readers,

Yesterday was one of the best days of school for me. It was my birthday this week, my friends Helena and Lauren wanted to do something for me but then there was a fire alarm so their plan failed. So yesterday, they were talking to my teacher Mr. Mark and Mr. Mark was on duty during lunch. Mr. Mark, Lauren, and Helena had the idea of singing happy birthday to me in the cafeteria on the mic! It was one of the best experience and the best birthday anyone could ask for. Deeply from my heart, thank you so much! Mr. Mark, Helena and Lauren, you all made my day!

I am so lucky to have Mr. Mark and a group of amazing friends!

😀

Exhibition Wrap Up

Hello readers,

Last week, I had my exhibition, I presented to over 100 people! I think that overall the exhibition was fun because we got to express our passions in any way we wanted to and we also got to help an issue in the world that we felt passionate for.

Some things I have learned during this exhibition is to be more aware of the things that are happening around us and that before I do or say anything, I need to think about how I am so fortunate to have things that many in the world don’t have. If there was one thing that I could change about my exhibition topic is the way I did my action, instead of just raising awareness and volunteering like what I did, I could have done food drives to collect cans and then donate it to the hunger in Hong Kong and I also could have done bake sales so as to donate to the hungers in Hong Kong. Some things that I am going to keep on doing to help the Hunger in Hong Kong is that I am going to be doing a food drive during the summer and donate what has been donated to that food drive to the people in Hong Kong that are needing food and something else that I am going to keep on doing is the website I created with Helena, through the website, I want to update those who read it about the latest hunger issues in Hong Kong and in the world.

To conclude, I think that the exhibition was a great learning experience for me and everyone who had to do it. Thank you very much to all the teachers who gave us guidance and advises throughout this exercise. I really learn more a lot.

Thank you!

Solar energy

 

Dear readers

On top of wind energy, I have voluntarily work on solar energy during the Easter break too.

As the world have limited resources, I always want to find ways to use more renewable energy so as to have a more sustainable world.

Solar energy is the radiant light and heat from the sun. I think solar energy has greater development potential in Hong Kong than other forms of renewable energy because people can install the solar panels on the roof top and produce energy for own use. Also, it is because sun light is predictable. Under normal situation, we all can expect the sun to come out everyday whereas it is hard to say when there is wind and when there is no wind.

Singapore government is actively working hard to use solar power. They have policies and incentives for more people to use solar energy. I think we can learn from Singapore government in this area. The more solar energy we use, the better the world.