There are half notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes and quarter notes that are used in my song.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing…
This is my first time playing the ukulele, I had no experience with playing the it and didn’t know much about musical terminology. After watching some videos on youtube, I finally understood how music terminology is used and how to play the ukulele properly. At the beginning, my notes weren’t accurate. But as I practiced more, I have gotten better at it and now my note accuracy in my final product is the best of my ability. My rhythm’s accuracy was not as bad as I expected it to be, however there were some notes that were played for too long or some were too short. My rhythm’s accuracy was a little better than my note accuracy, because I am familiar with the song and I know how it goes. In terms of strumming, it wasn’t the best. I struggled with strumming on time because my song was at a slower tempo. I also struggled with changing my finger coordination every time I changed a note. As an result, I had to split my song into three parts and play each part separately, so I could be more aware of what I am doing.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired?
I have learned how to hold the ukulele properly, strum up and down, create strum patterns, learn how to play new notes such as C, F, G7, and the finger coordination of them. I had issues with learning switching the finger coordination of the new notes when playing, I found it difficult to switch notes while recording. As I would mess up the rhythm and the timing of the song.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style?
The song that I chose was Amazing grace. Amazing Grace is quite slow, serious, calm and solemn church hymn. So, I decided that my tempo should 72 beats a minute to keep it at a calming place and to show to the peaceful meaning of the song. Also, I was new to the ukulele and I couldn’t play the song at a faster tempo.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming…
Garageband was very helpful and helped me made my song sound a little better. At first, I was new to garageband , I didn’t know what the editing tools were and how to use them. So, I watched some tutorials that were included in the task sheet and explored around. Eventually, I knew what to do and now I understand how to use the editing tools properly. I used the trimming tool to trim out some noises that were accidental. I also used it to trim some notes that were too long in the melody, so my melody’s rhythm was on time. I also expanded the notes that were too short. My strumming was too loud, I wanted to make the melody a bit louder, so I adjusted the strumming to become more quiet and the melody to be more loud, so that there could be a better balance of the two.
Discuss the recording process; did you have any concerns or issues?
During the recording process, it was very rushed. I spent the majority of the given recording time trying to perfect my song and was exploring garageband, so I could make sure that I am doing things properly and my song could be as good as it can be. During the recording and the editing process, I had many minor issues. One of them were that I always messed up while strumming the cords. The biggest issue, however, was my time management. I spent a lot of the given time to perfect or learn how to use garageband. I ended up recording on the last day right before we ended the lesson. To improve, I will plan what I am going to do ahead and use my time more effectively. I think my usage of garageband and my knowledge that I have gained over these couple of lessons could help me next time.