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Ukulele #2

I chose happier for my song (summative)(no metronome)

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
I made the BPM the same so I could have the same feel as the original song 120 BPM, the BPM is a not fast, not slow BPM although it’s a little more on the fast side, the BPM allows the song to have some slow and soft parts and loud and jumpy parts, I also kept the chords the same, so that the song could sound the same if you change the melody and chords it won’t sound like the original song, It may sound a bit like the song but there will be a big difference, I kept it the same because I wanted it to sound like the original it was also easier that way because then I can base it on the song and not create another piece which would be harder.


How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
I added the bass because it sounds quite good with the song, I wanted the song to have more depth and sounds, the bass was perfect because it was low and nice with the song. I also changed the chords and how fast it went because it was a little hard to mimic the original as I could only do it on a real instrument and not on the computer as the computer was a little hard to play than the real piano, maybe because I am used to the normal piano. For my chorus, I did the normal chords and clicked them rapidly to mimic the song. The drums were also a little different because it was hard to memorize the beats of the song so instead I made my own cool beats which was fun.


Discuss the following skills in relation to your Ukulele song choice…

Ukulele Skills… *
I am not that good at the ukulele so I recorded each chord at a time which really helped because I didn’t have to move my left hand that much which usually made me mess up the chord, my strumming(finger/hand action) was ok it was mainly my left hand that would mess up the chord.


Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
My editing was very good, almost everything was in beat and so my drums fit in the time and sounded really good, I also were able to edit all my piano in time, make the notes longer/shorter, or change the notes by clicking and dragging up or down, I also changed the volume of the different tracks so it would blend well with the other tracks. I also found good ukulele chords and replaced them with the really bad ones, I was able to use, the software instrument(four pianos, two bases) quite well and as I said before my drums fit in well. I had four piano’s two of them are just for making the chorus louder. The others are for the melody and the chords.


Time management for your project… *
Very good, I was able to do a lot over two days when we didn’t have to do it but I decided to because it was fun, I did it on Friday and Saturday and I basically got all the software instruments, I added some of the bass later, I did the melody, chords, and the beats. So later I didn’t really have to do much as I did a lot already all I had to do was record singing and ukulele and then edit. The song was not that hard for me because I have played this song already, in an assembly in my old school, I was on the piano, the drums, and the harmonica, during the performance we switched instruments.


Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
As I said on the other answer I got a whole bunch done when we didn’t even have to do it, so I was way ahead, so I didn’t need to do much afterward. I didn’t find any trouble getting this done except maybe the singing (because I’m bad at that) and a little of the ukulele was hard the B Flat chord was hard. Already knowing the song so well it was easy. I also really like music so it wasn’t a problem getting it done as I found GarageBand really fun as I like music and making music and the fact that you could have a software instrument and you could do everything on the computer, and have so much editing features. You could also connect it with real instruments which were really cool. So overall GarageBand is really fun and this assessment was really fun.

Ukulele, Song-Amazing Grace

This is my final product uploaded with Garageband, I will be playing Amazing grace


Amazing grace starts with a pickup note that leads into the first full bar, then this pattern is repeated, quarter note to half note, quarter note to half note, this carries on for 5 bars. This pattern has a mesmerizing effect and makes the listener feel calm and it helps the melody “get stuck in their head”.  Following the 5 initial bars, there is a half note as the first note in a bar followed by two 1/8 notes, then there is a quarter note which is dotted, it is held for 5 beats, then this whole pattern I just talked about is repeated except with different notes, I think they needed a little break in the pattern of quarter note to half note or else it might be too boring.
I think my melody was pretty on beat and I only had to edit it slightly, my strumming took a little longer to get right, even now it’s not perfect.  I think some parts of the song were off beat because it was a bit harder to do the strumming whilst singing.
I learned how to strum with this project, before I thought you could just strum any way you wanted, but actually you have to use the meaty parts of your fingers and not your fingernails. So I learned to use the meaty part of thumb when strumming down and when coming back up I learned to use the meaty part of the index finger.
I set my tempo as 80 because if it was left on default it would go too fast and sound too upbeat, which is not the mood of amazing grace.  Amazing grace is meant to be a slow song and be peaceful almost like a lullaby.  A tempo of 80 makes the song feel soothing, it makes you feel comforted and not hyper. But I didn’t choose a slower tempo like 60 because it’s too slow and you’re kind of waiting for the next note impatiently, it’s like your heart wants it to go faster.
I’m not good with GarageBand so I didn’t edit that much, the main thing I did was trimming the clips so I could click and drag it into the right place. I also made some of the audio like the melody louder, so you could hear it better and it could contrast with the other audios. I made some of the audio containing the strumming softer so it wouldn’t overpower the other audios and you could hear everything. Finally, I did some copying and pasting.

Since I wasn’t confident in my editing skills and putting everything in the right place/beat, I recorded the whole song at once, two audios for melody, one for strumming and two for singing. My main issue was that sometimes things were offbeat and I would have to edit it in, but since I was not confident in editing I was scared that I would ruin the audio.

Unité 1 parlez-vous français, Le critère C et D à l’oral


Task: create a role play to include all of the information you have learned since the beginning of the year.

Challenges of working with a partner: There was none, Cyrus was my partner, he was a good partner we got everything done quickly and he help on my pronunciation although even when he help me my pronunciation was still a bit of course.

Overall I was happy with my score because I have no experience with french and I learned a lot. I was expecting this score.

Link To Recording

My instrument choice….clarinet

The clarinet sounds a bit like the recorder except lower, they are part of the woodwind family the members of the woodwind family would sound similar,

The sound of the clarinet is made by putting your mouth to the mouthpiece your lower lip against the reed and blowing with the right amount of strength not too hard not to soft, and using your fingers to cover holes, the number of holes you cover will determine the note and the pitch that is played when blowing. you don’t want the clarinet to be to high or too low or else the sound will not come a well and you don’t want to squeeze your mouth to hard on the mouthpiece or you will, again mess up the sound, use natural but controlled breathing or the sound the comes up might be shaky.

here are the notes of the clarinet, Image result for the notes on a clarinet

 assembling the clarinet,

1.Lick the reed or dip it in some water but the moisture should only be on the thin side of the reed which is the whiter part of it

2. Slip the reed onto the flat side of the mouth piece, the height should be as tall as the the top of the mouth piece then after that slip the ligature over it wrapping the reed to the clarinet, the ligature is that metal part you see in the picture

3. Join the barrel joint on to the mouth piece

4. Then connect the upper joint with the barrel joint, you want the side with one hole the align to the flat side of the mouth piece.

5. Connect the lower joint with the upper joint make sure the holes align and there will be a place where the metal connects, if the metal does not connect it means you didn’t connect right.

6. Connect the bell on.

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Cleaning your clarinet

1.Use a polish cloth but make sure you don’t put water on any part of the clarinet, just use your polish cloth to wipe down any dirty things.

2.Use a pull through swab and pull it through the clarinet do not clean the mouth piece with this, you put the pull through swab string first into all parts of the clarinet except the mouth piece then pull it through so the towel sweeps through the insides of the clarinet.

3.The reed does not to need to be washed but it needs to be stored in a container so it can be protected from the weather or from breaking.

Image result for pull through swab for clarinet