Uke Assesment: Freight Train

Here is my assessment


How is recording the same and different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions?

In my opinion the recording I did of ‘Up On The House Top’ was a lot better than the ‘Original Song’ I feel like in the old recording, I did spend a lot of time refining and tweaking the original audio until I got it right, the reason for this is that the old one had fewer components and fewer elements to it, whereas the one we are doing now, has a lot more components that take more time and effort, all in all, its harder. In the old uke audio, the only thing we had to include was voice, drumming and the uke. But in this one, we also had to include another electronic instrument. For my old audio, it was all cut and clean from start to finish, but for my new one, the start, starts and ends messy but everything else is perfectly on beat.
There was much difference between my recording and the original song, and my recording was a lot slower, The beat was very even compared to the original were as the beat was more scattered. For example, my song was more like
“freight Train I Freight Train I Rolling So Fast I
but the original song was more like
Freight TrainI FreightTrain I Rolling soFast I
My song also sounded less ‘country like’ the original song was very country like and it had banjoes and it reminded me of an old wild west, but mine is more modern, with its slow beat and its very clean cut. It also has a piano which kind of ruins the vibe, but it still sounds good. The reason I did the piano was that its an easier instrument to play and distinguish. The thing about the piano was that I could not get all of the keys to match the uke, so it sounded a little bit off. I also felt like the drummer ruined the vibe because it did not match the style of the song and it did not match the piano easier, all in all, I think I could have made my work a lot better.

How did your music classes prepare you for this assignment? 

Mr. O’toole helped us a lot in the process of helping us make the best song possible. He spent a long time teaching us the best ways to do different things. He showed us how to change the beat of your song, if you played your song and you were not on the beat, then he showed us a way to edit it. He also showed us how to use the drummer tool and how to edit it. He also gave us a lot of time to prepare, he gave us a lot of trust and responsibility and let us decide for our selves how to use our time wisely. I feel like next time, he could have taught us more about the actual uke and how to use the strumming patterns and the basics, this would have helped a lot of the newer people and not waste too much of their time. I also think that while giving us independence is a good thing, too much of it is bad, a lot of people were not as on task as they could have been. I also think he could have given us some videos or even taught us about different tricks on how to use the electronic instruments, I didn’t know how to use them before I ASKED. He could have also handed out a sheet full of different strum patterns that we could have used with our song.