Clarinet Assessment – Music


Go for Excellence #84 – 22:1:2019, 11.55

Music: Ukulele Recording ( Au Clair de la Lune )

Here is my recording of Au Clair de la Lune ( by Camille Saint-Saëns and Gerard Beauchamp )…

Discuss your Ukulele song choice and the skills you acquired.

I chose the song called, ‘Au Clair de la Lune’ because it is a French song ( I speak french ) and I knew the song already. The first four measures are repeated in the measures 5 until 8, F F F G, A G, F A G G, F. It is difficult the transition with your fingers between the notes F and D in measure 11. You can play this piece in any rhythm, only if you know when you have to start and stop singing.

How did it go…?

At first, I was struggling because I couldn’t remember where every note was, I didn’t enjoy playing the ukulele at first. Until I could remember every note ( I could play without looking at my sheet ), I started to enjoy it.


Discuss your overall understanding of Garageband and its processes. How has your skill at Garageband impacted your song?

I have no experience with a ukulele or GarageBand, so everything was new to me.  I didn’t use the metronome button because I knew when I had to play every beat, I sang the beats in my head. The tempo of my piece was 80, not to slow and not to fast. First I struggled a bit with strumming because it didn’t sound right, I kept on recording again and again. When I finished my three recordings, I saw that the melody and strumming were not always in time. I started to trim and cutting by pressing on command  ‘T’  and dragging the audio region forwards or backward. I tried to use enable flex but I wasn’t sure how to use it. In the end, I pressed command ‘J’ so the audio region would be one track.

Instrument Research

In music we have to choose a band instrument such as the trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba or percussion. I choose clarinet because I like the sound of it and I don’t have much experience with music (this is one of the easier ones).

If you want to learn an instrument, you also need to know how to take care of it. So I watched some videos…

Supplies you need or are recommended:

  • Yamaha Key Or
  • A common paper towel
  • Pull through swaps
  • Rubbing alcohol (spray bottle)
  • Duster brush
  • Cleaning cloth

Here are some clarinet covers that I liked:

A goal that I want to achieve is, ‘I will try my best to practice everyday at least 10min.’






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