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For our first music summative, we had to record ourselves playing a song, from the list Mr OToole gave us. We recorded the melody, strumming and singing in GarageBand.
This is my recoding –>
This is the Google Survey that we filled out –>
What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?
Amazing Grace is C chord and the time signature is 3/4.
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically?
Amazing Grace starts with a quarter note on the pick up beat and repeats a pattern of quarter note to half note. This stops at bar 7 and 8 where we have a tied dotted half note which is 5 beats long. The pattern then starts up again until bar 15 and 16 where we have the tied dotted half note again as the last note of the song. There is a slight change in rhythm in bar 6 where there is a tied eighth note which repeats again in bar 11. This rhythm gives the song a soothing and reassuring vibe which affects the audience when listening to the song.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing…
My note accuracy is adequate although I struggled with transitioning into the note of D when doing my strumming. This affected my strumming pattern as I needed to record every note separately and then individually fit it into the music/melody. My melody was quite accurate as I had practiced the melody more than the strumming, however, the recording still sounds a bit muffled as you can hear the after sound of the note I had played previously and I played the notes too hard. My rhythm was pretty accurate throughout the piece as I had the help of the metronome. There is one part in the music (bar 11 and 12) that wasn’t very clear and the melody wasn’t in time with the strumming which made it difficult to record the singing part.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? Chords, melody, etc.
I have never played the Ukulele so this was new for me. I learned a lot about how to read the music and about strumming patterns. One of the areas that I’m very strong in is reading the notes and being able to play them in the correct tempo. I learned the melody pretty quickly and I’m happy with how I’ve progressed and how it came out. and I’m happy I still have a lot to improve on and it’s definitely strumming as I really struggle to transition to other notes in a quick tempo. Another area that I struggled with is strumming patterns. I made a lot of them up that fitted the music although when I was playing, I couldn’t maintain that pattern and then I would get out of rhythm and beat.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this?
I wasn’t aware that tempo on GarageBand has already been set to 120, when I was recording my sonf and also editing it, I thought that it went quite well. Although Amazing Grace is quite a slow tempo, that speed made it a bit more lively and exciting instead of it being slow. I feel that it changed the song a little bit as it changed the mood from a calm and soothing song to a more upbeat and exciting song. However, I feel that it definitely had a positive change on it and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. One of the down sides are that I struggled to record it in time and because it was a little fast so some of the parts in my song are a little out of time.
How did you use the editing tools in GarageBand? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc…
I used quite a lot of the editing tools to fix my song. As I said in a previous question, I used the metronome and that definitely helps me a lot even though I might have gone a little out of time in some parts. I think that it really helped in making sure that my other recordings after my melody (first layer) were played at the same tempo so that when I went back and made some changes, it would make it easier. Another tool I used quite often was the trimming and cutting. I had a lot of recording that was of nothing so I trimmed those recordings and used cutting mostly in my melody to make sure that the notes were on the beats of the metronome and also in time with my singing and strumming. Pasting was probably the one I used the most as my strumming pattern was playing the chords separately and on each count of the melody and singing. I then had to copy and paste every note to fit the melody which made it a lot easier so that when I recorded may singing, I would be certain that I was in time and didn’t have to worry about using the metronome.
Discuss your recording process; recording bar at a time, chord at a time, in phrases? Did you have any concerns or issues?
When recording I didn’t think of recording each phrase or bar at a time so I just recorded the whole song in one. I would record a couple times and then when I got out of the room, I would listen over them and choose which one I thought was the best. I didn’t have a big problem with that and I actually would get the recordings pretty quick because I had practiced a lot. For the strumming I tried recording all in one but I was struggling to transition into the note D and then I couldn’t edit it in time. I then decided to record each note separately and then copy paste them into the melody. I also recorded the singing in one and just recorded a few times u til I was satisfied with how It sounded with the melody and strumming altogether. One concern that I have was in bar 15 and 16 where there are eighth notes. I really struggled to do that in time so it’s not very clear there and that affected me when I was recording the singing.
For our first French summative, we had to create a role play with a partner (Gabrielle), using all the information we had learnt from the beginning of the year. For example, whats your name, where do you live, favorite sport/color etc. Here are some strengths and weaknesses Gabrielle and I faced while doing this assignment.
Something I think we did very well was sharing our responsibilities. We both worked together to make the role play and we both wanted to do well. Both of us took notes which made it easier to not miss out any information. One of our challenges was time management. We took a long time to get the script done because it wasn’t long enough and then when we wanted to film, it was still too short, although we had added extra context. For next time, we can work on the time management skills but also work on our pronunciation, for example not pronouncing “s” at the end of a sentence or the “s” in the middle of “EST”.
BACKGROUND INFO –> The saxophone is a woodwind instrument. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.
HOW TO CLEAN IT –> Most saxophone cleaning kits come with a brush or cloth on a long string with a weight on the opposite end. Put the weighted end into the bell of the saxophone and turn the sax upside down. Bring the weighted end through the body and come out the narrow end. Gently pull the swab through the body several times.