Ukulele – Your Choice! Can’t Help Falling In Love⭐️

Ukulele – Your Choice! Can’t Help Falling In Love⭐️

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

The original song I chose was Can’t help falling in Love from a cover by Twenty-one Pilots. I used the same strum pattern as the original did because I think the strum patterns suited the song best. I also used backtracks of the bass and piano as the original song did because it sounded better and added more depth to my recording. Lastly, I sang the outro of my recording the same as how the original sang it (by holding the last 3 notes for a couple of seconds each). I did this because I think it gives more of a greater finish and the ending of the song isn’t as unexpected. 

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

My recording is different compared to the original song because my recording was in D major while the original song was in C major. I did this because changing the major made me sing more comfortably as I prefer singing in slightly higher notes. The original song had him play the ukulele live; however, I don’t own a ukulele so I used the audio recording of the notes provided. I also shortened my recording by a minute or so by not adding bits of the song. I did this because I didn’t want my song to be too long. I made the bass and piano backtrack have a higher volume compared to the original song and put these backtracks only in verse 1 and the outro. I did this because by doing so made parts of my recording have more depth. Lastly, The original song didn’t have any drums, and since I wanted the chorus to be the spotlight of the song, by adding the backtracks and drumming in verse 1 and the outro, makes a huge contrast in the chorus where there is no strumming, backtracks for drums just chords, so the chorus would be most memorable to the listener. 

Ukulele Skills (if you did this yourself) 

Knowing how to play the ukulele already, I had a basic understanding of where to add the notes, where the ups and downs should be placed in the strum patterns, and how long the notes should hold for. My ukulele skills helped make my song sound better and give me more of an advantage in this project. 

Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… 

For editing my strum pattern, I needed to find the up and down strum recording of the specific notes. Since my strum pattern is D-DUDU I had to lengthen the first note and shorten the remaining 4 strums afterwards. (The first down strum is equivalent to two of the remaining strums). I used the number bar to measure how long the notes held for and to see if the notes are steady and accurate. I also had to cut the very beginning of each note so the sound would be more clear and smoother. In my recording, I was only using the drums in verse 1. I didn’t need to cut it so I just lengthened the recording to the desired amount. The drums I used was percussion, I softened the sound so my recording would still have a beat but it was just in the background so it wasn’t the centre of attention in my song. For placing the Bass and Piano notes I would sometimes mistakenly place the piano notes in the Bass notes, so I had to be extra careful in command pasting them. The original piano and bass notes were too short so I had to double-tap to extend the notes to the end of the number bar. Each Bass and Piano note held for at least one set of a strum pattern and some parts held for 2 sets of strum patterns. For editing my volume. I wanted the main part of my recording to be the chords and singing so I made these have the loudest volume, the bass and piano are to accompany the singing and chords so I made these have the second loudest volume, and since the drums are a pretty loud instrument I wanted this to have the quietest volume.

Time management for your project… 

During this summative task, I think I managed my time very well because every lesson I would do my work at a normal pace and as a result, balancing my time on this project. I didn’t feel rushed to finish or submit this project because I’ve already done everything I needed to do and I’m very happy with my work.

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

I think I used my time responsibly and got things done because I stayed focused and prioritised my tasks and assignments. I tried my best to attend every online class if I needed help or wanted to listen to suggestions and feedback on my recording. This helped my song sound better and also made me more knowledgeable about using Garageband. 

– Step 3 – Finished Song – Lavenders Blue! 🌈

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? 
The key of my tune was C major because it used the notes C D E F G A B C. The time signature of my song is 4/4 and has a steady beat.
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? 
When music has a different rhythm it can make you feel differently about a song. In Lavenders Blue, the song used 4 beats making it feel as though you’re marching or walking.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to inputting the strumming and melodic playing… 
I think I have the chords, strums, melody and harmony accurately placed. The chords had to be placed on specific beats that would match the rhythm of the song and beat. Strums would have to follow the time signature and tempo. The melody needs to sound like the song with correct notes and placed so it would match the song’s beat and rhythm. The harmony of the song needs to harmonize the melody making the song sound more interesting.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? 
Fast tempos feel upbeat and tend to make you feel more excited. A slow tempo tends to sound more like a lullaby and makes you feel calm, a medium speeded tempo has a steady beat and makes you feel both calm but still excited. Lavenders Blue is originally a lullaby so I wanted to keep a part of that song by making the song in between a slow and medium tempo so it would sound calm like a lullaby.
What skills did you acquire with your use of Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… How did you use these skills throughout the assignment? 
I learned many things when using GarageBand like cutting and trimming the audio when it’s too long. I learnt how to change the tempo and start the metronome so every note is on the beat. By learning how to turn parts of the audio off can make it easier to listen to the audio you need to fix.
Discuss any challenges you had to overcome for this assignment! 
A challenge I needed to overcome was matching all the notes. It was time-consuming but I overcame this by using the number bar on top to find where to place the notes.
Design Logo

Design Logo

In 7th grade, We have been making logos for our design project. In our logo design we would need to use C.A.R.P, colour psychology, and the design principles. I think my logo turned out very good and I’m happy with my results.

My Question: Does this logo show the requirements? (C.A.R.P, colour psychology, and the design principles)

How can I improve?




Hello! My name is Alyssa. This is my beam design. I drew pandas, lanterns, and bamboo. In China pandas represent peace. Lanterns represent goof fortune and bamboo represents integrity.  I used red, green, black and yellow. Red symbolizes luck, green represents harmony and yellow represents freedom.

Weekly Reflection

It has been a long time since I wrote a weekly reflection. This week we did a lot of geometry. We learned different angles and how to use a protractor. 6D also was doing our art forms Bianca and I were doing baking and we made our own recipe called spuffin McMuffin and It’s a combination of sponge cake, muffin, and cake. The last thing we have been doing is poetry, I don’t really like it much but I’ve learned new words like Ontomatapia and simile. This week was really fun and I would like to do it again.

Exhibition Reflection

Exhibition Reflection

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019. 6th grade started preparing for the exhibition. 8:30 am we started presenting. I really liked that I finished it all and got to be confident with my presenting. I wish I had more time to make my video since there was only a 2-day trial. I still need to work on making the video and to have less text and maybe having a voice over. This helped me understand more about the amount of pressure in hong kong and how it affects kids. It will be easy to remember all my research so if anybody asks me questions about my research I will know what to say. I’m most proud of doing all my action and persuading people of less pressure. The trickiest part of the whole thing was finding out what to do for my action and put my information on a booklet, video, Poster, Visual Representation, and a Painting. Next time I would like to be better at planning and doing things faster and being more organised. The exhibition reminds me of I-time we used to do in grade 3 because we had a project we did and researched our passions and presented but it wasn’t as big as this one. My teacher said that I needed more expression in my voice but actually, I was only nervous. When other people came I wasn’t nervous at all.