Let It Be On The Ukulele

Dear Readers,

This is me playing a segment of “Let It Be” by The Beatles on the ukulele.

Hope you like it!

Here is my reflection:


How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
My recording has the same peaceful melody to it because the song “Let It Be” is very calm and happy. I had a simple strumming pattern because the song is simple and created a catchy drumming beat to the background. I also added a simple piano melody because I was only playing a segment of the song and the song starts with a really basic piano melody. I did this because I wanted to make it sound like the song but still adding some more beat to it and challenging my self.

How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
My recording is very similar to the actual song but my drumming is just the same repeating beat. My piano is different because I am not very good at playing piano and I didn’t want make it too challenging other wise I would have kept filming again and again. My singing is very different to the song because I am not great at singing and The Beatles are amazing at singing. My ukulele is not too different because I change strumming patterns a few times. Although my recording is a bit different compared to the actual song, I intended it to be different because I am not as talented as The Beatles and I tried my best to have as much rhythm as them.

Ukulele Skills… *

I started playing the use when I was younger so I have a lot more experience playing the ukulele. I know multiple strumming patterns but I chose these patterns because they match my song the most. I also know how to play the melody but I don’t have as much experience in that then strumming so I decided not to play the melody in this song. I know many chords already so most of the time it won’t take me long to transition from one chord to another. I experimented with different strumming patterns to see which ones fitted the song the most and found 3 basic strumming patterns that added a catchy beat and that were simple.

Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
I am not the best when it comes to editing and using garage band but throughout this unit I learnt much more about garage band. I checked what chords went on which keys for the piano and I stuck them onto my key board so I would remember the chords. That was quite challenging to play the piano because my fingers are really slow so it took me a while to learn how. The drums was much easier then I expected and overall it was not too hard too play and I had a lot of fun with playing around with different sounds that match my song. I also did a lot of cutting and pasting to make my song sound better.

Time management for your project… *
During my Christmas break I thought I would try and get some ukulele recording out of the way. I spent my time really well because when I got back after the break I had already pretty much finished the project so I had a lot of time to edit and double check because I was way ahead of my schedule. I planned out my time really well and ended up having a lot of time to revise. Earlier I realised when I put the drums in that my singing and strumming were off beat so I had to re-record them but I got it done quickly and was ahead of schedule. So overall I was extremely a head of time.

Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
I got all my things I had to do done on time and I tried really hard on it and over the break. During this project I learnt more about garage band, timing, piano, etc. I am very happy that I came back to school way ahead of schedule because I had more time to focus on other key concepts in this unit and relax. I have also learnt a lot throughout the other units that I have applied to this recording. I have sometimes made some stupid mistakes but I have learnt from them and I will try to improve in the future.


Ukulele Summative Recording – Shortnin’ Bread

Dear Readers,

For the past few weeks I have been learning how to play Shortnin’ Bread on the Ukulele. After many takes here is my recording.


R E F L E C T I O N :

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
For the song, Shortnin’ Bread the key of tune is a C and the time signature is 4/4.


What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
For the song, Shortnin’ Bread the key of tune is a C and the time signature is 4/4.

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
I used a simple up and down strumming pattern for the rhythm because I didn’t want to create a pattern that would be too complicated otherwise it would clash with the plucking. The first phrase is the same as the third phrase creating a repeated rhythm. The rest of the phrases are different to each other but they appear to compliment each other in harmony. The plucking was a bit complicated so I wanted to create and use an easy strumming pattern so it could compliment the my singing and plucking nicely.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
I tried my best to play the notes as accurate as I could but I had to retake a few recordings because of silly chord mess ups and other interruptions. I have known how to play the ukulele for a while now so it was not too hard for me to play and record however I have never really worked with garage band much other than playing around with drum kits so I was testing a few different things. I tried to match my strumming pattern with my melody in harmony so it would all sound pleasent-sounding and tuneful.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? Chords, melody, etc. *
I have been playing ukulele for a few years so I already knew how to strum basic chords but I was not so confident in my plucking for the melody and through this experience I think I got a lot better at playing the melody. I have acquired strumming for the chords, singing, and the melody. My singing has never been so good by that could be improved later with proper lessons as this recording does not need high level singing. So, overall during the making of this recording, I have improved my melodic plucking skills and I am much better than I thought I would be.

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
At first the tempo was 120 beats per minute and then I realised since I was not so confident so I decided to go slower for the plucking of the melody. I went down to 93 beats per minute so I could play the melody easily. If I had kept it at 120 beats I would have worried and panicked and I would of had to record again and again. The context of the song didn’t really change the tempo but it was more that I was not comfortable enough in plucking the melody. Because my tempo was slower, I had to sing and strum slower so it would fit and match with the melodic patterns.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… *
For this music project, I did not use many editing tools in garage band because I have never really used garage band properly other than playing around with instruments so I did not want to do anything complicated or it might effect the sound coming out. I just used a bit of trimming, pasting from phrase 1 to phrase 3 because they are identical, and I used the metronome for recording so I could sing, strum, and pluck on time. I hope to get better at editing tools in garage band in the future so I will be able to know how to do special effects and make it sound even cooler.
Discuss your recording process; recording bar at a time, chord at a time, in phrases? Did you have any concerns or issues? *
When recording the melody I decided to record phrase at a time. If I had done bar at a time I would of had too many recordings and might of mixed them all up. I decided to record a phrase at a time because it won’t lead to too many recordings and is easy to re-film if a mistake is made. I did not have many concerns while filming but I had to re-film all pieces a couple of times because it didn’t sound right. In the end there was actually a mistake in the middle of the strumming where my ukulele hit my microphone but I decided to move on because it was not such an issue.

My Logo Design

Recently I have created a logo that represents me. I am quite confident with it but I would like some feedback on what I could do to make it better, what are some flaws, and what are some flares? Overall, what do you think about it?

My Instrument Choice

For music, I have chosen to learn the alto saxophone because I like the sound of jazz, and I have already started to learn this summer. The saxophone is a member of the saxophone family. It is a woodwind instrument and was invented by Belgian instrument designer Adolphe Sax in the 1840s, and patented in 1846. You play by biting down on the top piece and bending your bottom lip in to the bottom side of the mouthpiece. To blow you just tense up your stomach and blow in the sound of a “too”. Sometimes you will have to use your tongue to quickly hit the mouth piece. Whenever you play, you should also make sure that the reed you put in it moist. During playing the sax you will have to 

A Challenge Marathon at Outward Bound

Dear Readers,

Grade 6 camp has just passed and it has been the best camp I have been to so far. When my group was put together I was really happy because everybody in my group were really nice and did not cause a lot of trouble.

We all quickly became close friends and we made a bunch of weird songs that are now stuck in my head.

Everyday we would have a few challenges. For example there was a challenge called the tunnel. We had to slide our way down a small tube underground in pitch black that was about 35 meters long and the entry way was about 50 cm wide so it was really small. This was a key highlight for me because at first I would not do it because I was afraid I would get stuck but then when I saw my friends doing it they really came out easily so they encouraged me to go through the tunnel. We had to scooch ourselves down and slide down using our feet. Midway through the tunnel I was stuck and I was starting to doubt the possibilities of me getting through but I realised that if the adults and my friends can go through then I can go through so I was not as worried. As soon as I got out after I deep sigh of relief I wanted to do it again.

Another challenge was where there was a giant life sized spider web and we had to get everyone through the holes without touching the web at all and we could not go through the same hole twice. During this challenge our team cooperated and commmunicated very well to each other.

For the first night since it was flooded near our tents so we (half of the grade)had to sleep in the main hall of Outward Bound squished together.

My sleep in the main hall was not very good because I kept waking up to bees buzzing in my ear and mosquito bites all over me.

The second night we had to hike to the camping site where I slept great because we were in tent with no bugs. The hiking was another challenge that was given to us. We had to navigate and go from one place to the other without adults telling us anything. Before hiking we learnt navigation and where we were going so this is where it would come in handy.

Hiking all the way was a challenge because we were walking up and down for 6 hours and sometimes we did not know which direction to go but later when we finally made it we were all bursting with joy.

Navigation skills come in handy in real life because then we won’t know how to find our way around. I can apply this when I am new to a region or place or I don’t know where to go.

The last night was amazing because I was with all of my friends in one dorm and there were really cozy mattresses and blankets. The dorm also had storage compartments for our bags and really clean showers.

Out of all the challenges and activities we have done I learned courage, responsibility, risk-taking and most of all independence.

Home Learning Success

Dear Readers,

It has been almost 2 months since I started home learning and I would like to tell you how I am setting myself up for success. First of all, if I want success I am going to need a good working space which has no loud distracting noises, the right level of comfort and coziness in what I am sitting in, and a table that is not overflowing with other papers I don’t need. I also need a piece of paper beside me just in case an amazing idea sparks in my head. Having the right stationary/equipment is important too because if I have stationary that always breaks I am going to be kind of frustrated.

A goal for me is to not get distracted by small things in the room such as noises, other things on the computer or which slime I should make next. A way I can achieve this is by making my own schedule when I get home and sticking to it. Another goal for me is to get a deeper understanding of what I am learning. A way I can achieve this goal is by researching for other sources about the topic, comparing notes with classmates, checking the information with your teacher and using educational apps.


Classroom Design Challenge~Sep 10-Sep 14

Hello Readers,

The 4th week has passed really quickly and it has been so exciting. This week one of the highlights was putting up the 6avocados poster on the door.  I was super excited about this because not only have we been waiting to put our sign up for a few weeks but it also gives our class an identity. Making our class poster is part of our classroom design challenge. I think that having a classroom design challenge is very effective and useful because at the start of the year the classroom is normally looking very boring so it encourages us to make our classroom look nice and be creative. We all have a different job to do whether we are searching online for better furniture, retrieving something to decorate our class or making a schedule for morning meetings.

All of the examples above need responsibility and cooperation. In grade 5 we did not think of doing anything like a classroom design challenge so I am happy to be doing it this year. We have not finished the classroom design challenge yet, however, we got a lot of it out of the way.

So far so good.

My Home Learning Space

Hi Readers,

Imagine doing home learning in a peaceful dining room at a large round wooden dining table. You sit down on a soft cozy chair that has just the right level of comfort. Not too soft to sink and fall alsleep but not too firm to leave you with a sore back. Like Goldilocks it is just right. Around you is an open feel which provides a well lighted atmosphere. The air conditioning gently cools your skin as you gaze at the endless ocean view and look for insparation. The view kind of distracts you but also relaxes you. A crinkle of a chocolate wrapper echos from the kitchen and you know your Mom is home and has just brought sweets. The cat’s fur tickles your legs which momentarily urges you to play. Oddly enough there is a big life sized elephant next to the table that you sit at. Not weird at all. They say it is art.

I do have another home learning space which is inside my bedroom. In my bedroom there are many good resources from the past years (like past assignments or homework) that I can review and there is lots of stationary, however, there is no WiFi and there are many distractions such as photos, slime and toys.

I would much rather do my home learning in the dining room but on some occasions I prefer to do it in my bedroom, like when I need to use my old assignments for reference. The dining room has a better environment which helps my learning because of the lack of distractions and the quietness. If it had stationary nearby and maybe a shelf with more resources it would be a even better place for me to do my home learning tasks. Usually I have finished my home learning by the time the rest of my family get home, so this timing works out well for me. Having a good environment to do my home learning (as stated above) will help me thrive as a learner.

Can you imagine this from my discription above? Here is a video of my home learning space.









First Week of Homelearning!

September 3-7

Hello Readers,

Week 3 has passed and it passed really quickly. This week was the first week to have homework. For the homework tasks I chose ‘Interests and Passions’ and ‘Thinking Patterns’. For interests and passions, I had to interview parents or friends and ask them questions about their interests and passions. I wanted to have a different variety of people so I decided to interview my uncle, my friend’s mom, my grandma, and my mom. What I learnt from this task is that passions and interests can lead to change. For example, somebody told me that their passion lead her to change and that she is more aware of what makes her happy. The change she has made was setting up a non-profit foundation to help teach helpers how to swim. Another person I interviewed said that their passion did not lead them to change but they now feel more receptive and open-minded (which kind of is a change isn’t it?).

My interests have not lead me to much change yet but being interested in slime, cats, listening to music and food makes me happy and keeps me occupied. Recently, I have been interested in photography and imagery so I think I might pursue this further on.

For the thinking patterns task, I chose the ‘up and down staircase’ problem to solve. I had to find out how many blocks there would be if there was a staircase with 5 blocks going up and 5 blocks going down. I figured out that if you want to know how many blocks there are, you have to the multiply the number of blocks going up and the blocks going down. So the answer would be 25. I recognised there was a pattern and I found a formula to apply.  Can you calculate how many blocks you will need to create a staircase of 11 steps going up and 11 going down? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

I think both home learning tasks went well because I understood both of them well, I put my time into it and, I put effort into it. Overall I think that I learnt a lot from the home learning tasks and found it interesting.