Amazing Grace Ukelele Assesment


In the following questions you must use CORRECT MUSIC TERMINOLOGY.

Make sure you know the specific terms of what you need to talk about.


What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
During the unit I played the song Amazing Grace, the time signature for this one is 3/4, and the tune is C major.


What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
In this song the rhythms were – – – (1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3). In the song, it often comes by a quarter note(black note) followed by a half note(black note). The metronome’s tempo was set to 80. Even though my song looks like a beginner song and has nothing with the real song, the rhythm gives a zen and calm atmosphere and with the calm melody, it makes you dance, at first, I didn’t know how fast I was going to play the strumming, but Mr.O’tolle told me that I should match the strumming with the melody, so I decided to do it slowly, I didn’t want to record one strum at a time and then copy-paste: but it looked robotic so I decided to play it at least 10 times and then copy-paste it.


Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
When I recorded, I didn’t use listen to the metronome and the beats, because i had to concentrate on the ukelele and on the music sheet, I couldn’t concentrate at three things at a time, and I would say that I was half of the time accurate, and the thing is that I had to do plenty of editing, because each time I edited, it moved everything, and also I had to match the strumming with the melody and the singing, In all I think that I made 3 hours of editing. Most of the time the note came a half second after the beat. I was also hard, because I didn’t know how to sing the second part, because the singing did’nt match at all with the melody. But the hardest thing was that I had to use my ukelele at home and it is a normal ukelele so the first note is a really high note, and most of the time, amazing grace’s melody felt weird.


What Ukulele skills have you acquired? Chords, melody, etc. *
This year was my first year of ukulele and I learned alot of thing, I realized that ukelele was a really good instrument where you can express yourself, I really liked it, my mum had bought me a ukulele but I had never touched it before, and now that I learned it in music class I am going to play it more often. Before I didn’t know that there was the melody, i thought that it only had the chords. But during this Unit, I acquired alot of skills: Now I know the notes for the strumming, but I still need to work on the melody notes, I still can’t really read them, because I am used to a different instrument, I am used to the piano, in the ukelele, it is the same partition,k so each time I read it I am looking for the piano notes! But also, I learned a new song, now I can play by heart at least one song on the ukulele.


How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
Yes it felt more like a zen environment, calm, it felt very different from the real choir song amazing grace, which is like a high sad song. I used 123 123 123 because it felt slower and easier for me, I wanted to do like a baby song at night. Each time, I recoreded I checked if the tempo was ok. tbc


How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… *
I wasn’t really familiar with garage band it was the first song. tbc


Discuss your recording process; recording bar at a time, chord at a time, in phrases? Did you have any concerns or issues? *