Ukulele Recording: Amazing Grace

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?

The key is C Major, the time signature is 3/4.

What sort of rhythms are used in your song?

Crotchets, Minims, Dotted Minims, and 2 quavers are used in this song. The songs starts on the 3rd beat, and almost all of the other bars have a minim then a crotchet. The 6th and 11th bar has a minim then 2 quavers, and the 7th and 15th bar have dotted minims, and the final bar has a crotchet, then a rest.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing.

I learned the notes and chords and rhythm of this song very quickly, and I think I was pretty accurate when practicing. I had a little bit of difficulty when playing the 6th and 11th bar, as I had to quickly play in keep in time when playing the 2 quavers on each bar. Though I think I did alright when recording, though I had to record the melody several times as I think I wasn’t too used to recording.

What Ukulele skills have you acquired?

This was my first time playing the ukulele, so I learned a lot of ukulele skills. These include plucking, strumming, the C chord, the F chord, the G7 chord, and a few notes on the ukulele. I’m glad that we had a ukulele unit in music, as I bought a ukulele a month ago and have been really enjoying playing it.

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this?

I decided to use 80 as my tempo as Amazing Grace was a relatively slow song, and I thought it would be a good fit. I don’t think it changed the song too much, as it was a slow song to begin with. If I had made the tempo 120, I will have probably been a bit fast.

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins.

For the melody, I had a bit of difficulty when staying on time, so when recording I had to cut a lot of recordings, along with some trimming as I had trouble staying on time. But I think the final product was ok.

Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues?

For the melody, I had a bit of difficulty when staying on time for my recording, but when playing the chords and when singing, I was more used to recording, and didn’t have to record several times over. I think we didn’t have too much time in the recording rooms, and maybe should have more than just 5 minutes a session, but I’m glad I was able to finish my recordings under 5 minutes.

Chinese Beam Design

Chinese Beam Design

In Chinese, the whole grade is creating designs that will be voted to be put on the CCC beams. My design is of a dragon, in between 2 bamboos, next to a Yin Yang. I chose to draw these things because in Chinese culture, the bamboos is the Chinese symbol for strength, due to its fast growth and resilience. I chose the Yin Yang, as it represents balance, as the yin, the dark swirl, is associated with shadows, darkness, and the yang, the light swirl, represents brightness, passion and growth. Also, I chose the dragon as it symbolises auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck.

PYP Exhibition Reflection

Finally, after weeks of preparation, PYPX is finally over! Because I only started school after CNY, I had way less time than everyone else to complete my exhibition and I had to catch-up on everything that the other students had learned in only a week. I worked with Ms. Viv to catch-up on choosing my exhibition purpose and my lines of inquiry.
After that, I started researching about my topic. When we started going to learning cohorts, I didn’t really know what to say to my group members, as our purposes were so different. Then, we had our expert talk, which I think I did really well in, as I passed straight away; I had a clear understanding of my PYPX purpose.

The couple of weeks leading up to the staging where probably the most stressful, since there was so much to get done, and in so little time to do them in, such as making posters, finishing our visual representation, working on our final product and moreIf I were to do PYP exhibition again, I would do some more research and try to find out even more about my purpose, and when presenting, have more facts and intriguing information. Also, I would be more creative on my presentation, as my ideas were not very original. Over all, I am very glad that I did the exhibition. I learned a lot about managing plastic waste and plastic pollution.

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Welcome to your iFolio

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