Ukulele – Your Choice! “Oh my God” by Alec Benjamin 💿

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

The song I chose for this summative was “Oh my god” by Alec Benjamin. I chose to copy the original song by “not” using a strum pattern in my garage band file. This is because the main chords played in the song are played for one full bar. which I believe is too slow for a solid strum pattern to be pieced together, only adding extra confusion to my audio if done. I also chose to keep the base and piano the same as the original song as it sounded best, overall making my song feel more complete. I kept the singing style and pitch of the lyrics the same as I was comfortable singing like the original, also keeping all the pauses and extensions in words the same so the song rhythm would not seem off. Lastly, I kept all the patterns in the base the same as the original, for example, “changing the base pattern when it hit the chorus”.

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

My garage band recording is different than the original song because I shortened the recording by a minute compared to the original, I did this because I didn’t want my song to be too long as the tune of my song was just a repeat with different lyrics. I also changed the drum components when it hit the chorus so it would show more contrast between the two.

 Ukulele Skills (if you did this yourself)

Knowing the ukulele from some past years of experience, I had a basic understanding of which strum pattern would sound best or if the song would even suit a strum pattern, though during this summative I did not choose to use any strum pattern for my song I do know where the ups and downs should be placed if I did have a strum pattern, as well as how long the notes should be held for.

Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use…

For editing my “Piano chords, bass & ukulele chords” I used the number bar to measure how long the notes where to be held for and made sure they were accurate and played on time, The original piano and bass notes were too short so I had to expand the note by double-tapping and stretching it to the right making sure it was long enough for at least one full bar. Every part of my recording which was not the “chorus” I made have calm elements within the drumbeat such as “maracas and toms” by clicking on the images of the instruments I would like to play on the drums settings. Doing the opposite for the chorus, by clicking on the louder and less calm elements such as “Hi-hat & clapping” as it made the song more interesting to listen to and easier to tell when the song was at its climax. I made sure to soften the sound of my drums a little as I would still have a beat but more of a semi loud background noise instead of the centre of attention. I also had to be extra careful which placing the bass & piano notes as I would sometimes switch them around. For editing my volume, I wanted the centre of attention to be my singing as that was the “melody” of the song, which is the most important component of a song as it creates its meaning. I also chose the chords as that is what makes up the music aspect of the song being the rhythm and main overall sound. The second loudest components where the bass and piano as they accompany the Singing & Chords. The softest being the drums as it has nothing to do with the main chords and is just there as some support for the overall song.

Time management for your project…

I did not think I managed my time well as my turn in time was not preferred, also having to semi rush to finish everything required for the assessment. I could have managed my time much better and finished a lot earlier

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

I do not think I used my time responsibly as the time in which I handed this project in was not the greatest, I should have stayed more focused during the time given. Though improving near the end of the project resulting in much better work progress. I also decided to see my music teacher “Mr OToole” whenever I thought it was a good time for a check in, overall helping a decent amount with my end product and knowledgeable about Garageband.

– Step 3 – Finished Song* Lavenders Blue! 🌸

 

 

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The time signature of my song is 4/4 a pretty typical time signature, having a steady beat. The key of my tune was “C major” because my song used the notes “C D E F G A B C”.

 

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
The rhythm of a song usually helps connect the “music” to the “lyrics”, Painting a picture of added emotion in the listener’s heads. For example The song “Lavender Blue” uses 4 beats, making it have a marching type feel, But if it used 2 beats instead it would feel like a light jog not quite fitting the song.

 

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to inputting the strumming and melodic playing… *
I think the melody, chord, Strums/Strum pattern and harmony are all accurately placed. The chords being placed on specific beats which match the rhythm and beat of my song. My strums following the time signature and tempo also having a nice strum pattern to add to the song, (Pattern: down, down, up, down, down, up, etc). The melody sounding like the song with correct notes placed to match the song’s beat and rhythm. My song also Harmonizing with the melody making the song sound complete and 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 usually imply excitement making the music feel upbeat and energetic. Slow tempos sound more calm and sleepy, while a medium tempo feels both calm and excited. “Lavenders Blue” is originally a slow tempo song and wouldn’t sound right otherwise. So I wanted to keep that part of the song choosing to only brighten up the mood of the song a little by increasing the tempo by “1”

 

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 have learned many things while using GarageBand this summative, such as cutting and trimming audio, Changing the tempo and times signature. Starting the metronome to check if every note is on the beat. How to turn parts of the audio off to make it easier to listen to a specific audio file needed for editing.

 

Discuss any challenges you had to overcome for this assignment! *
A challenge I needed to overcome was matching all the notes during “Step one” as it was the hardest to complete out of the bunch. Getting left and right-hand notes correct as well as matching them to each other and the tempo.

 

 

My Grade 7 Instrument Info

The instrument I will be playing is the Saxophone. The saxophone is part of the woodwind group. It works the same way as most woodwind instruments, when air gets blown through the mouthpiece it causes the reed to vibrate creating sound.

 

Opening the Case, Naming the Parts:

 

Your Posture, Breathing, Sizzle (for all Wind Instruments):

 

How to Assemble Mouthpiece, Reed, and Neck:

 

How to Put the Sax Together:

 

How to Hold the Saxophone (Playing Position):

Daily Maintenance:

 

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Le critère c et d à l’oral

The task was: create a role-play to include all of the information you have learned since the beginning of the year.

My Challenges:

The challenges me and my partner James had while trying to complete this task was completing the recording on time, the reason behind this was because we couldn’t find any free time to record together, due to James and his family being very busy. This resulted in us deciding to just record at separate times and edit them together later, so we would waste any more time.

Overall I believe my grades were decent ending up with a 7 for crit C and a 5 for crit D, but I do believe I could have done better with my pronunciation on harder vocabularies, and will next time try work my way towards 7’s or 8’s in both crits.

Design logo

In this summative, we were told to create a logo using Adobe Illustrator which represents us using some of the 5 design principles (Simple, memorable, appropriate, versatile, Timeless).

I would appreciate if you would give me some feedback on my logo.

Please answer the questions below.

 

Q1. What part of my logo most represents me?

Q2. What do you think should be improved on my logo?

Q3. What was your first thought once you saw my logo?

My exhibition reflection

Exhibition reflection:

I really like the way I presented and interacted with my audience.  

 

I wish I could have stuck on what I said I would do at the beginning of the exhibition.

 

I still need to work on my time management skills but have improved from the beginning of the year.

 

This helped me understand the causes and effects of different energy sources.

 

I am most proud of my action in the exhibition because I took a lot of time and effort in creating them.   

It will be easy to remember how many people showed up and were interested in my project.

 

The tricky part was finalizing all of my research, I think that this was the most challenging moment so far because it was the ticket to becoming an expert on your topic and moving on to your action.

 

Next time I need to follow what I said I would do at the start of the exhibition, instead of changing it midway through.  

 

There are a lot of renewable energy sources which can cause pollution, here is an example of one. Though hydropower is a renewable energy source it can still produce greenhouse gasses, this happens when plants near the damn become submerged under flooded water leading them to decompose without oxygen creating pollution, affecting climate change.

 

This reminds me of the MYP project in upper school because It’s very similar.