Ukelele Submission (Down In The Valley)

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?
The song that I chose, down in the valley, is played in 3/4. Also, the key of my tune is C.

What sort of rhythms are used in your song?
The song that I chose has a big majority quarter notes and a small minority for the remaining half notes.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing…
Even though I spent a large part of the time used to practice to learn the melody as I found it incredibly hard for me to memorise the correct places to play, My note accuracy is, compared to other submissions, pretty horrible. I tend to hesitate a little bit too much on the pauses and speed up too fast when I was only meant to increase the number of notes played in a single bar by two. To solve this problem, I numbered the notes 1-4 in the order they first came in (C, F, G and A). So instead of a bunch of random note scrambled into a pile, I can easily memorise the order of the notes (1, 2, 3, 4, 2, 4, 3, 2, 3, 3). I can also separate the line into imaginary chunks to again, better memorise the order (1, 2, 3, / 4, 2, / 4, 3, 2, 3, / 3). One downside of this is that even though the middle section seems short, it actually spans two full bars, leading this to somewhat confuse me more. So, I re-arranged the order and came up with a much more time aware order (1, 2, 3, 4 / 2, 4, 3, 2 / 3, 3).

What Ukulele skills have you acquired?
Before this unit started, I had a vague idea on how to play the ukulele as I have only played it once before during the first few performing arts lessons of Grade 6/7. After overcoming most beginner problems, I learned how to confidently play the melody and read some of the notes, but I still wish to be able to completely memorise the fingering and master the timing. In addition to all this, I was able to refresh up on what little things I learnt during Grade 6/7 to assist me in my journey.

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style?
My group decided on the tempo through listening to Mr O’Toole’s version of the song and adapting it to our own changes. We couldn’t really change the tempo too much, but we could speed it up a little to make the piece sound more smooth and allow me to cover up my (vocal) mistakes better.

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming…
I used a large amount of cutting and trimming to fine-tune my recordings since if my timing was just a little off, it will affect the whole thing in a such an influential way that my version won’t sound anything like it’s original. I cut the piece of music into bits and pieces to be able to align them with the other recordings (Strumming, Melody, Vocals).

Discuss the recording process; did you have any concerns or issues?
I need to improve on my ability to stick to a plan and have more confidence in going to the recording booth and actually starting to record. When I started to record, I would often line up for recording, but at the last moment go back to practice more. This lead to me needing to go back to Mr O’Toole’s room to actually record my bits and pieces.

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