Ukulele – Your Choice!

For elements I didn’t change were the pace and the pitch. I kept the pace as slow as the original song because the meaning in the songs lyrics gives out a very calm yet sad vibe, the slower the song is, the more solemn it seems. The pitch was the same because I liked the melody of the song, but wanted it to be played in the ukulele sound, so I kept the pitch the same.

Of course as required we had to put drums in our recording, but setting that aside, there are some things I changed based on my own preference. I changed the volume of the song because I wanted to put more emotion into the song. For instance, at the second last section which was chorus 1, I played the song and sung it louder. Then the last section was played and sung very softly. The reasoning was not only to out more emotion into it, also because the lyrics in the last section changed slightly by having negative adjectives replace the positive ones, so I decided that playing with the level of each section would sound better.

The ukulele skills I acquired included playing chords, matching the metronome, strumming patterns. For chords I definitely needed it because the whole song was just chords, matching the metronome is a crucial part as well because the words needed to match the strumming. The strumming pattern had to be created on your own to match the emotion of the song. But either way, none of these skills are new to us because after the ukulele assignment last time we have a clear understanding of these basic skills.

In garage band, we used basic features like cutting and trimming, or using the metronome. The feature that we didn’t use last time were the digital drums and instruments. The procedure in adding those two things is simply clicking the plus symbol on the bar where the narration vocal is on, then it will let you choose to either add an instrument, another voice recording, a drummer, or a mini piano keyboard. So you can just click the ones you want. When you click the drums, a selection of drum rhythms will appear and you can choose one that matches your song. And for the instrument you can choose a guitar or bass.

I didn’t have very good time management in this project because I was planning to record the parts I couldn’t do at home like the ukulele at school. But I spent too long practicing at school that I had to wait to record my ukulele until the next classes. For singing and drums it didn’t have much trouble with time because I had time to do at home.

Learning to make the digital drums and instruments sound good with my song was a bit of a challenge to do on my own because I didn’t know how to but then I was able to fiddle with the features or ask my peers for help, so I won’t spend too much time just trying to figure it out. Recording the ukulele did take me quite some time because I wasn’t sure how to record it with the metronome, but I just studied the song more so I can understand when each chord comes in.

Amazing Grace Ukulele, Nychole

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?

The key of my tune is C and the time signature is 3/4.

What sort of rhythms are used in your song?

The main rhythms used Amazing Grace are quarter notes and half notes but there is also a few dotted half notes.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing…

For the melodic playing, my note accuracy wasn’t very good I kept getting my notes incorrect, I improved by playing the notes not in the song but just one by one. My strumming was a bit off at first since I didn’t have a very good strumming pattern so I practiced by playing with the recorded melody to see how it can match, but the notes were accurate because theres only 3 chords.

What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *

Amazing grace is a very slow, peaceful song and I believe it is from the Christian church songs so I decided to make my tempo 80 beats per minute to keep it at a calming pace to match the happy meaning in this song which is mercy from God. I noticed that the vowels in the song were stretched longer, so if I was to play it fast, the singing would sound quite odd. 

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style?

Amazing grace is a very slow, peaceful song and I believe it is from the Christian church songs so I decided to make my tempo 80 beats per minute to keep it at a calming pace to match the happy meaning in this song which is mercy from God. I noticed that the vowels in the song were stretched longer, so if I was to play it fast, the singing would sound quite odd. 

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming… 

I definitely used cutting and trimming a lot to get rid of the parts I didn’t want. I would first drag the bar to the beginning of the area I want to get rid of, then click command T which means trimming and that would allow the selected area separate from the wanted parts. Then IF the part I want to cut off is in the middle of the parts I want, I would drag the bar to the end of the area I don’t want then trim it, then I can delete the mistake. I was also able to adjust the volume of the three parts which are strumming, melody, and singing; the three stood out against each other and were very balanced. The strumming was a bit louder than the rest so I quieted down that one, that let the melody and singing able to be heard. 

Discuss the recording process; did you have any concerns or issues?

I was concerned about the fact that I would make many mistakes while recording but then I realised I could just cut them off. There is a part of a song that is 6 beats for one melodic note so while I was recording it felt kind of awkward because you can’t hold a melody for 6 notes. But when I sung and strummed it wouldn’t be this random empty 5 beat anymore because they both filled in the emptiness. I was also afraid that my feet tapping on the floor sounds would appear in the recording since its a habit of mine, otherwise, it isn’t a very big deal. At first when I was recording the metronome sound wouldn’t come on but it was just a stupid mistake of mine for not clicking in the little triangle logo next to the 1234 logo. Overall not many issues occurred other than me not knowing how to use many of the tools in GarageBand, but I would say it was a somewhat smooth process. 

My Instrument Choice

My instrument choice is the flute because I know how to play it and I don’t want to start something else that might affect my knowledge of how to play the flute.

The sound can be so graceful and elegant, yet it can be suspenseful, I like that kind of spooky sound. Flute is mainly used for high pitched melody, it can be played low but playing it high sounds really nice.

Th flute is really small, it consists of three parts, one part is for blowing into, the other one is longer that goes in the middle of the two pieces, which have buttons on them. Then the last piece is the shortest one that has more buttons on them. For tuning the flute if the sound is too flat you have to stick the blowing piece and the button piece in more, if its too sharp you do the other way.

Cleaning it just needs a stick with a hole at the end that looks like a needle, stick the cloth in then stick the stick in. Make sure the parts are separated.

Scinece Structures & Forces

Q1: How does the natural world affect us?

The natural world affects us in many ways and it can be good or bad, but we can’t stop it from happening(well, there are ways). Gravity is everywhere around the earth, gravity is the force that pulls you down, kind of like when your hair falls out it doesn’t go upwards. Typhoons are a combination of strong wind and rain, it causes very chaotic incidents like buildings breaking or possibly even floods. It affects us by having stay indoors all day and make sure you have a steady shelter. 🙂

Q2: How do we use scientific thinking to learn about the interaction between natural world and us?

We can learn the forces within the natural world and how they can affect our lifestyles.

Q3: How did you use science? What did you learn? What experiments or tests did you design?

I used science by having an independent and a dependent variable, a controlled variable, using a method. And as we did the experiment, we made sure we had a thing to measure with, we recorded the data and made observations, I learnt the importance of graphing and organising data. I made a chair that has a layer added in each trial and tested the load it can carry with 10 grams weights.

Q4: How did you improve as a learner?

I improved as a learner by setting goals and finding ways to work effectively as a team. I learnt how to collaborate with other people and how to write good science reports.