How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this?
The original song I chose was Cant Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley. The tempo of the song (72 bmp) is the same because I wanted my recording to have the same slow tempo as the song. Can’t help falling In love has a slow and steady rhythm. Tempo helps convey emotion and/or set a mood. I chose this tempo because I want people to feel calm when they listen to this song. I used the same chords as the original song, I did this because I thought it fitted well with the song. Lastly, my recording was c major like the original song, I made this decision because I felt more comfortable singing in this major.
How is your recording different compared to the original song? what were your reasons behind your decisions?
My recording was different compared to the original song because I used different instruments. The instruments used in the original song are drums, bass guitar, and a guitar. The instruments I used was bass guitar, piano, and drums. My reasons for this was because the piano sounds good with the other instruments in the song. The piano was important because the piano is a powerful instrument. it can cover the major components of a song like the bass, rhythm, harmony, and melody, at the same time making it a great accompaniment instrument.
Ukulele Skills (If you did this yourself)
I’ve learnt how to play different instruments before so it helped me have a basic understanding on how long a note should be held and where to add them. I also learnt how to play the ukulele in grade 6, that helped my song sound smoother and give me an advantage in this summative.
GarageBand editing – digital instrument, drum use…
I was not very familiar with garage band but I had some guidance from my teacher and classmates. I used the number bar to measure how long the notes are held for and to see if the notes are accurate. I had some trouble with getting the notes on time so my teacher helped me adjust it. I also cut the very beginning of each note so the sound would sound clear and smoother. In my recording, I didn’t need to cut my drum notes so I just lengthened it to a suitable amount. I also softened the sound so my recording would still have a beat but it wouldn’t be the centre attention of the recording. For placing the bass, piano, and chord notes I sometimes mistakenly place the notes in the wrong area, so I had to be careful in command and pasting them. For my volume. I wanted the centre of attention in my recording to be the chords and singing so I adjusted it so these two had the loudest volume, the bass and piano were to accompany the chords and singing so I made these have the second loudest volume, and since the drums are a pretty loud instrument I adjusted it so it was had the quietest volume.
Time management for your project…
During this summative task, I think I managed my time fairly well. Although I handed in my work on time, I felt like it was a bit rushed because I had to complete a lot of things in the week we were supposed to hand it in. I could have spread work better over the time we were given. Overall, I am happy with my work but I could have balanced my time spent on the project.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time)
I think I used my time responsibly in the last few weeks, but then again I could have managed my time better over the whole time we were given. I tried my best to attend the online class if I needed help or wanted to get suggestions and get feedback on my progress so far. This helped my recording improve and also helped me get more knowledgeable on how to use Garageband.