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My first summative for my music unit was to create a blog post with a music that includes strumming, chords and melody, and I chose Amazing Grace because not only it was the best choice for beginners, but also it had the nicest melody.
My group’s task was to create a role play to involve all the information our class learned. I was reasonably pleased as I got a 7 & 6. But it was quite challenging as me and my partner had trouble with our pronounciation . A strength was how the role play flowed well, a weakness was if we could have aligned the script more carefully to make it look real. This is because after the assessment I looked at the script, and realised I was skipping to a new topic (ex: favourite colour suddenly to favourite place). I could have made the script carry on slowly, so it would really look like a smooth script. We could also have worked on speaking the french more carefully when encountering difficult words. Overall me and my partner’s performance went really well. The thing that disappointed me the most was the organization. The script was quite unorganized in some areas, for example, after talking about where we live, we suddenly moved on to hobbies, which wasn’t connected with the previous one. We also didn’t use any transition. After the hobbies, we moved on to colours, and that would have been a better topic to put after talking about where we live.
But overall, I think our french assessment went really well without any minor errors, and there were a lot of bright sides like turning it on time and getting good grades.
My instrument choice would be a clarient. A clarinet would typically sound like a bass recorder. The clarinet is quite easy to master, with some care, this instrument should make a nice sound.
The clarinet is divided into five parts, the bell, two large sized pieces, the barrel and the mouthpiece. On next of the mouthpiece is the reed (we’ll talk about it later). Cork grease is also required.
For beginners, you need to confirm you can at least make a small sound that sounds mostly low, so without touching any keys, blow your hardest (making sure no air hole gaps) and there should be some sound. Here is the link to a recommended video:
How to play the piano: Relax your shoulders and round your fingers to hold the clarinet naturally.
Follow these steps for using the mouthpiece:
Cover your bottom teeth with your bottom lip gently.
Set the reed on your bottom lip.
Place your top teeth firmly on the mouthpiece.
Close your mouth as if you are smiling.
A reed is a wood like clip that is required to be placed in the mouthpiece. When using it, make sure that it is not too but slightly moist, and place it in the mouthpiece perfectly.
In order to produce good sound, you should blow facing straight forward, without puffing your cheeks out.
Use only the thumb of your right hand to support the instrument, and hold the barrel with your left.
How much of the mouthpiece you put in your mouth and the angle at which you hold the clarinet are important points.
* If you don’t put the mouthpiece in your mouth far enough, it will be hard to make any sound. If you put it in too far, the sound can get distorted.