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.