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Ukulele – Happier

I’m sorry you have to listen to this.

Discuss the following creative decisions you made for your song choice…

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
My recording is the same as the song because the lyrics are the same, the chords were the same (C, Am, F), transposer was the same and well I guess I used a string instrument as the artist did. I chose to keep the chords and transposer the same because it was already easy to follow along and it would be less confusing to follow along to. I had used a string instrument too because that’s the whole entire point of this unit.

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

My recording is different because I involved a piano and drums. My tempo was also probably different because I think I went slower than the original artist did and I did a different strumming. I chose to add piano into my song because it matched with the vibe of the song and it was easy to play, for drums it’s because we were told to. I went slower because I can’t play fast so my bpm is different and the strumming pattern was too complicated for me to follow so I decided to just do up-down up-down strums.

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

In grade 6 we had played the ukulele but I hadn’t really done a lot nor did we learn a lot. During this unit, I had improved my strumming skills and learnt new chords, such as Dm, G, Em and Am. My strumming patterns I didn’t really learn new ones but I did work to make it sound clearer.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
I learnt about software instruments and the drumming guy, such as what sounds you’d like him to make and in what way. Another thing I learnt is how to make it so so that certain parts of your song is quieter or louder.
Time management for your project… *
I had handed in my project on time so I think for time management I did okay. I probably could’ve used it more wisely instead of just keep on practising the ukulele.

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

In class I never went to the recording room because I just didn’t like to record in school, looking back at it now I probably should’ve to save more time but in the end, I still got the job done. I learnt the chords myself but I did have trouble deciding what strumming pattern to use, I probably spent like a whole class just deciding what strum pattern to use. Overall for independent learning, I think there’s still a lot I could do better but oh well :p

Oh Susanna

Please don’t play this.

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
C 4:4

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
The start is connected notes and then it goes to single notes. After 12 single notes, it goes to a 2 beat note and then connected single notes that then goes to single notes for 6 times. Then another pair of connected notes which then goes back to single notes for 4 more times. A two-beat note with a rest note interrupting and then another two beat note. Two two-beat notes, single note and then a two-beat note. Then back to single notes for 5 times, a half note then a connected note. Single notes come back for 12 times then ends with a two-beat note.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
Not good, I had to edit a lot. My melody was off by 10 secs most of the time and my strumming was just a fail. Also because the beat is fast i couldn’t really sing on time so I just talked.

What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
How to read notes??? Strumming?? Chords???

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
I chose 90 bpm because oh Susanna is a pretty fast song so it makes it seem happier I guess.

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins… *
I used:
Cutting, Trimming, Volume because I needed to cut/trim because of the timing and volume to make it quieter.
The editing is really bad because this is my first time actually using garage ban, also because I just, in general, don’t know how to edit.

Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
I’m not good at reading notes so I was slow at being able to play. I also recorded things really quickly because I just wanted to get things done with, with the singing I just talked because the song was kinda fast.

My Instrument Choice

This year for music I would like to play the clarinet as my instrument choice for this year. In preparation I have researched a few things I might need to know about the clarinet:

How to clean the mouthpiece:

  1. remove the mouthpiece and the reed
  2. undo barrel joints
  3. wipe off reed
  4. rinse the mouthpiece
  5. dry mouthpiece using a swab
  6. reassemble when all pieces are dry

How to produce clear tones on the clarinet:

  1. blow enough air through the clarinet to produce a loud sound
  2. make sure to take in enough of the mouthpiece
  3. don’t bite hard on the mouthpiece
  4. clarinet shouldn’t be too close or too far, try out different positions (recommended 45 degrees away)
  5. reed should be flat against the mouthpiece

The many different parts of a clarinet:

  • mouthpiece
  • ligature
  • barrel joint
  • upper joint
  • lower joint
  • bell


How to pack away a clarinet:

  1. unscrew the ligature but not too much only to take out the reed
  2. wipe the reed off
  3. place it in its casing
  4. take the mouthpiece off
  5. wipe off mouthpiece
  6. put the ligature back onto the mouthpiece
  7. place the mouthpiece into the mouthpiece cover
  8. gently take off the barrel
  9. wipe off barrel
  10. put the barrel into the hole that the casing should have
  11. face bell outwards
  12. place the thumb on bridge key to keep it up
  13. gently take it off
  14. wipe the upper joint through the side with something sticking out
  15. place the upper joint in the case (make sure keys are facing up)
  16. gently take the bell off
  17. clean the lower joint first
  18. place lower joint in the case (keys should be facing up)
  19. wipe the bell off
  20. place bell inside the case

Notes for the clarinet:

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