Somewhere over the rainbow

Here is my recording:

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
The song I chose was somewhere over the rainbow. My recording is the same as the original song because in the song, they already used a ukulele and our summative is about ukulele. I also used the same melody, chords and lyrics. I think that if I didn’t use the same melody, chords and lyrics then the song would have been completely different. I chose this song because since when I was little I already knew this song, but I did not know how to play it on the ukulele. Therefore I had to learn it but it was still easier to learn as I knew the tune and melody of the song.
How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
My recording is different than the original song because I used different software instruments than they did in the song. Unlike in the original, I used steinway grand piano, acoustic guitar, glass bells, smart strings, clarinet and the drums. I also did not sing the whole song and I kind of just repeated the chorus two times. This is because I did not know how to play the next part and could not find a tutorial on how to play the next part. I think that the things I did differently help my recording more interesting with the different software instrument and a different lyric.
Ukulele Skills… *
I didn’t really learn any new ukulele skills as I started learning ukulele in grade 5 when the school started teaching us the ukulele. Although, I did learn how to improve my ukulele skills I have learnt. A ukulele skill I think I improved on was my playing. Before, I would always accidentally strum the wrong notes or accidentally press the wrong strings. Now I have improved this because in music class I watched tutorials on my song and I practiced it a lot during class when we are preparing for our song and sometimes I would come to the music room during lunch practice or start recording.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
Before this summative, I did not know how to use a software instrument. But during this we had to learn to be able function and know how to use the software instrument. I learnt this myself before Mr. O’Toole taught the class because I thought I would get a head start on practicing the software function and getting help if I needed it. On editing, I also started early because like I said earlier, I already knew the song so I only had to learn the ukulele part and start recording. I thought this would be more helpful because while everyone else is preparing for their recording, I was already in the recording room recording so I wouldn’t have to line up as much. I recorded my song with individual chords because I think that it will be more effective and so I can edit it at home and just play it at school.
Time management for your project… *
I did pretty well on time management because I tried to be prepared and work in my home time. Even though I don’t have a ukulele at home, I watched the tutorials at home and kind of get what the chords are then record it easily at school the next day. I also occasionally come during lunch recess to record and so I don’t need to stress about it. I also did keep track that if I quickly finished the ukulele part I can do everything at home. I think this plan was very effective because I completed this summative on time and everything I wanted it to help with and I am very happy the ending result.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
I think I did very well on taking responsibly in my learning. This is because like said above, I have planned everything out very well before I started this summative. I have watched tutorial videos, and music sheets helping me. Sometimes, I also come to the music room during lunch recess to record and be sure that I am ready and check it with Mr. O’Toole. This is a very important part of this summative because if I didn’t keep track of time and not planed my steps and when I wanted these tasks done, I would have failed this summative and would have nothing to hand in.
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Amazing Grace – Ukulele

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The key of Amazing grace is C major and the time signature is 3-4.
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
The rhythms used in Amazing grace are half notes, quarter notes and whole notes.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
I think that I had good note accuracy because I have recorded my song over a few times until the notes are not bad. In my strumming, I just recorded it one by one and then copy and pasted it so that I would have enough time to complete and edit my whole song.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
I have acquired new strumming skills and new notes and how to explore different songs. I played the ukulele last year in grade 6, so this is kind of a review. But this summative has also taught me time management and how to play the ukulele better in general.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
I decided that my tempo matched my song and style because Amazing grace is kind of a sad but very strong song. Therefore, I decided that a slow steady tempo would match this song.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins… *
I used the trimming a lot because my playing wasn’t on time so Mr. O’Tool had to help me. For the strumming, I just played a few strums and copy and pasted the ones that matched. In the future, I think that if I ever record something like this again, I think that I should record it more on time so that I even my time out and don’t spend too much time editing.
Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
In my process of recording, I didn’t have a big struggle because I started early before there were long line ups to the recording rooms. So, I had more time to record and edit. Me and my friends also came in during lunch to record and ask you to help us so that we could finish it in time.

My instrument choice

I have decided that i would like to learn the instrument flute for music. I chose to learn the flute because my sister plays the flute and she told me that it was very fun and interesting. Therefore, I think that it will be a very fun experience.

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