Ukulele – Your Choice: Level of Concern (Twenty One Pilots)

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this?

The song I chose for this project was Level of Concern by TØP (Twenty One pilots). I used the same strumming pattern as it suited the song pretty well. I also managed to find a very similar drumming style to Josh Dun (the drummer of TØP). It made the song more lively and energetic. Lastly, it is in the same key as the original song, Emin, as I could sing comfortably in this key.

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

The song used an electric guitar instead of a ukulele for the chords. It sounded funkier and gave out a rock vibe. Using a ukulele felt more like a pop song and that’s why I chose this song. I wanted to try to turn it into more of a pop song rather than rock. I included piano chords in the chorus of my song, highlighting the chorus while making the song less robotic. I also put a strong bass throughout the whole song except the intro and the outro. This added depth to the ukelele chords while supporting the harmony of the whole song. Last but not least, I used a fade-in/fade-out effect for the intro and outro without my singing (In the original song, Tyler Joseph sang). This made the song more dramatic and sensational.

Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… 

As I needed a strumming pattern for the ukelele chords, I needed to find the up/down recordings of the chords. Because I chose the D-DUUD-U strumming pattern, I had to lengthen the first note and the fifth and shorten the rest. For measuring the length of the notes, I used the bar on top to get the right length. I cut the gaps at the beginning of the notes with Command-T so that the whole song is smoother and steadier. I chose “Pop Rock” for my drums as this is the genre of this song. I changed up the drums for different parts of the song. I added a strong bass throughout the whole song by turning up the volume of it just enough to make the song richer. Piano notes were added in different parts of the song so make it sound less robotic. I made my singing and the ukulele chords as the main part of the song and also used a strong bass. I set the piano notes and drums at a lower volume so that it acts more like a background. for making the fade-in/out effect, I pressed “A” and adjusted the soundtrack.

Time management for your project…

I reckon I managed my time pretty well as I managed to complete two songs. I would do a portion of the song each time every class. I didn’t do the work hastily as I did a little bit every time and finished the work on time. I stayed organized the whole time and maintained a clear picture of what I need to complete and when.  I always planned the amount of work I want to complete before each class, and try to complete what I had in mind.

Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time)

I used my time wisely and finished the assignments on time because I stayed focus during work time. I also finished the work I planned before moving on to doing other things. I kept a time limit on each task so that I won’t stay on one part for too long. I tried my best to attend every online class so that I could get feedback from Mr. OToole and learn new GarageBand editing skills.

Here’s the website I used for my chords. It differs from some of the other websites so I would like you to use this website for checking my timing:

https://ukutabs.com/t/twenty-one-pilots/level-of-concern/

Ukulele Submission – Step 3 – Finished Song – Donkey Riding

 

In this unit, I have to recreate a song using GarageBand. Mr. O’Toole provided ukelele notes on GarageBand, and I have to choose the notes for my song and adjust the length according to the song. For step three, I have to add the drums and the singing part. Here’s the final result:

I also have to complete a Google Form. Here’s what I did:

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?
C major. 2/4.

 

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically?
Sixteenth notes, eighth notes, and quarter notes. Most of the rhythms used in my song are eighth notes and sixteenth because this is a lively and fast song. If longer notes are in my song, I would sound slower and less brisk.

 

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to inputting the strumming and melodic playing…
For melodic playing, I used the template from Mr. OToole and it was really convenient. I dragged the notes I need and adjust the length. For strumming, I used the pre-recorded strumming from Mr. OToole and split the parts I need for the chords.

 

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this?
It’s a brisk song therefore I chose a quicker tempo. If it was slower I would sound less lively. the lyrics of the song is energetic and lively, therefore, I chose a quicker tempo.

 

What skills did you acquire with your use of Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… How did you use these skills throughout the assignment?
I used trimming to adjust the length of each note and spitting the notes into sections that I need. I used copying and pasting so that I can quicken the process.

 

Discuss any challenges you had to overcome for this assignment!
I was sick for a week and I was way behind. But I made good use of my time during the break day and watched the videos from Mr. OToole. I learned how to cut, trim, split, etc from the videos. I was able to catch up at last.

Ukulele Submission – Step 2 – Melody and Chords

In this unit, I have to recreate a song using GarageBand. Mr. O’Toole provided ukelele notes on GarageBand, and I have to choose the notes for my song and adjust the length according to the song. For part two, I have to do the melody(I and II) and the chords. Here’s the result.

Ukulele Submission – Step 1 – The Melody

In this unit, I have to recreate a song using GarageBand. Mr. O’Toole provided ukelele notes on GarageBand, and I have to choose the notes for my song and adjust the length according to the song. For part one, I have to do the melody. Here’s the result.

Here’s what I did on GarageBand.

My Instrument Choice

After the CNY break, I would be doing music for my final Fine Arts rotation-music. In music, I must choose an instrument to play and I would like to use the flute. I’m gonna show you some videos about the sound of the flute, how to make the sound, how to assemble it, and last but not least, how to clean it.

The sound of a flute:

 

How to make the sound:

How to assemble it:

How to clean it: