Completed Covers

Here are some covers I think are okay… šŸ™‚

Please make sure your ears don’t bleed when you listen, they sound okay I guess… Please leave feedback, it would mean a lot even if you said they were terrible. I need to have something to rebound off of. I don’t have a vocal tutor and I taught myself guitar, sorry if it’s bad!

 

 

Bye!!!!

Does producing make you a producer?

Recording is so tiring! Wait no, itā€™s just singing and guitar. Recording is simple, surprisingly, itā€™s not terribly hard. Itā€™s not at all rocket science, anybody can do it.Ā 

But the thing that makes good audio is location, equipment and assets (vocals and instruments).

From last time I recorded, I changed location, added a mic and used my acoustic guitar.

Microphone: AT2020 USB Microphone

My microphone is a USB microphone because it can be recorded through any computer easily.

In my last post, there is more information for anybody curious.

Bathroom studios are the best type of studios; spacious, best acoustics and not very expensive.

(like Iā€™m gonna buy an extra bathroom to record in for my annoying voice, as if)

There are pros and cons though, I have found that they are so amazing there may be some minor problems..

The Pros:

awesome voice projection

– guitars get projected nicely, to even out guitar and singing

– the room basically acts as a big cave, that makes echoes and makes the instruments sound fuller, and giving voice clarity that can only be found in top microphones and real vocal/song studios

The Cons*:Ā 

the projection can pick up mistakes, that usually canā€™t be heard in normal rooms, and because I donā€™t own a filter for my microphone it can pick my breathing pretty badly (in my opinion)

Overall, this is my favourite recording place currently.Ā 

The pros outweigh the cons and if I had more equipment it would be amazing but I am still young and even just buying me a microphone is actually quite a bit for my songs, which my originals are not good (yet, hehe) but I am thankful.

*Remember also, if you are going to record in your bathroom, watch out for water, elevate your laptop/camera, make sure there are no dripping taps. Be careful of dropping things on the floor, usually people have hard floors so if you drop your instrument, itā€™s gonna be a little bit, uh, hurt, loud and possibly broken. The laptop also, a shattered glass screen isnā€™t the best way to show your parents youā€™re a great musicianā€¦ or a popped out battery (I experienced the second one oops.. hehe).

Guitar: My guitar is an Alvarez. Itā€™s a folk sized guitar, which doesnā€™t effect sound much just size. There is not much to know about this guitar, I am not a very big guitar nerd.Ā 

The time taken to record all of these songs:

5 days (9 hours, seems like a lot, but i would have annoying errors and mess up timing and things like that)

The websites I got chords/lyrics:

Ultimate Guitar (also has bass, ukulele and drums):Ā 

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/top/top100.htm

Ultimate guitar has almost every song (I have weird music taste) and you can print off the tabs/chords off easily without having to sign up. Also, these are free unless you’re on the PRO setting. Pretty logic based. I also love it cause it has lots of different settings. Like auto-scroll. I love this one cause I can record without having to scroll. It helps me cause then I don’t have to edit.

BettyLouRS (not blocked by the school net, unlike ultimate guitar):Ā 

http://bettylou.zzruss.com/bettylou2000.htm

I like this website too, but the problem is, it doesn’t have an auto scroll setting like Ultimate Guitar does, which annoys me, but it prints in a cleaner format than Ultimate guitar, and all of the chords are super easy and simple, but not over simplified. Without a capo this can be very annoying though, sorry.

Planning and Preparations

My message is to show people that guitars can play a range of songs, so I’m choosing 1 – 2 from each genre to cover with vocals. I’m going to use no other instruments and just layer the guitar. I’m layering the tracks in GarageBand, which is a software on Apple devices. The only alteration I use is reverb. It just makes it have a louder, fuller sound.

I’m going to use my stratocaster electric guitar for all of these songs, maybe an acoustic if it seems necessary for the song. Stratocaster guitars can be changed into many different tones, allowing for more diverse playing. This is paired with an amp (mine is a Blackstar) and a capo (for transposing). Picks are not necessary here, fingers are fine. My electric stratocaster guitar looks like this:

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I will be using my microphone for these. It’s an AT2020 USB microphone. USB microphones are compact and nice looking so I decided to get one. It was a good thing to get because it cuts out white noise and from reviews and my view it sounds like you’re right next to the person, it’s that clear. It connects to laptops and it looks like this:

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I am so excited to record all of the covers! Stay tuned forĀ a list of all the songs and the genre they are from. I have more than 30+ songs, with 25+ genres! See you soon!

Passion Project No. 3

Guitars. They can handle many types of music. Sure, a few come to mind instantly. Rock, country and pop, but they can do much more. Genres shouldn’t be boundaries for a guitars music playing abilities, nor should age or time. Different guitars make different sounds but any guitar can play any song to an extent. Not having an electric guitar shouldn’t restrict you to playing country and pop, you can play rock.

I believe that guitars are one of the best instruments to play for all ages. They are easy to transport and have lots of different rhythms you can play. From fingerpicking, chords, fret-tapping, whammy bars and muting there are many things you can do with a guitar.

Guitars come in many different types, believe it or not. There are 3 different types of acoustic guitar: classical (nylon strings), acoustic (steel strings) and the arch-top acoustic guitar. Below are all the types of guitars I know off the top of my head. Now there’s no excuse not to play a guitar. Ha. I own a acoustic classical and an stratocaster electric guitar.

Types of guitars:

  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar (3 types)
  • Double-necked guitar
  • Electro-acoustic guitar
  • Twelve-stringed guitar
  • Resonator guitar
  • Steel guitars
  • Archtop guitar
  • Bass guitarsĀ 

I want to show people that the electric guitar is an amazing instrument and sounds great in any genre. I encourage people to take up guitar. It’s an amazing instrument.

Choice Day

Choice day was extremely exciting! The point of choice day was to give everybody in primary more choice in what they learn.Ā Here are the choices of activity that could’ve been chosen for your activity:

I did acting out. I loved acting, even though it was kind of terrifying being in front of a crowd, or even just 20 people… I can’t help it even though I love to act! It’s going to be so embarrassing watching it back… I did Acting Out and it was really fun. Following a criteria you did an act with about 4 other people from different grades, genders and ages. We made costumes in the Crafty Corner. You could choose from about 5 different acting scenario criteria. Our criteria/act was to “Tell A Story” and it’s about when the books disappear and everybody is required to act in the scene.

Our act was about the world banning books for being potentially harmful. It is a news report followed by court and the end of a news report. Books become illegal to possess. All books perish.Ā It’s a comedy skit.

I learnt that drama can be fun even with younger people and adding voice/tone can really help the performance.

 

Finally Complete

Completed! Finally done… For now.

Now I can breathe easy, for now anyway. Everybody should be very proud of their Passion Projects. They’re all amazing. I’m not just saying that. Most of these are things that I can’t do very well. I think everybody should be proud to share something that they love, at least.

I think my voice sounds terrible in most of them, I think my voice sounds better in my head, haha. I’m delusional. I have a shedding guitar solo on guitar so maybe I should more away from singing? Anyways, Emmy sounded perfect though! She’s always doing singing solos and such, I wish I had the confidence to. In a way, I wish I was like her. Great work Emmy! Continue being you, cause you’re perfect that way!

Emmy and our album ended up having 5 originals and 1 cover. Two written by me, three written by amazing Emmy and the cover was Riptide – Vance Joy. My favourite that was recorded was Riptide. Even though it was a cover, I think it was nice. We were both singing in it. It was a collaboration. It’s the first time I’ve ever recorded a collaboration and I learnt a lot.Ā 

It was really hectic and I think I could’ve done some things better:

  • Audio quality: For a few songs it sounded almost muted after rendering. I wonder whether it was my headphones being used to listen back or the actual process itself but I will use a full microphone set next time. No matter how long it takes. I want to invest in a good microphone at least. I think it would make the audio sound crisper and I wouldn’t need to spend a long time trying to filter through the audio waves correcting the sound levels. With some microphones it does it automatically. Or auto-magically, I have no idea how it happens.
  • Guitar: Maybe my guitar could have been amped up (acoustic). There are acoustic pickups available at the store, Oxygen Music. If you were wondering, that’s where I buy all my music books and stuff. I might get a new acoustic guitar, like the one in the Year 6 classroom. It has a built in tuner, which would be good for tuning on the spot. Also, it has a amp slot (near the bottom) and it’s picks it up through an amp (which I already have for my electric guitar) so it would be convenient. It’s a little bit of a shame having the Year 6 guitar just sitting there most of the time. Oh! Or we could make big group bands and have a battle of the bands one night in the hall! Woah. Then if people didn’t want to participate in bands then we could let them take their film-making talents further by learning how to lip-sync and adapt audio. Photographers could take pictures, if wanted. We could commentators and presenters for people wanting to and then people learning how to use the stage effects. It could be like a choice thing. What was I talking about? Oh, hehe the guitar. I need to buy some sort of adapter. It sounds better if I do.

 

 

Retrieving audio

Production is hectic, fun and tiring. I hope it’s worth it!

During this time, I have learnt so much about recording, it’s really fun. I like recording because well, not only I can record myself, but I can help others. I have met so many people wanting to share their talent, but have no idea how. Many of them in my grade, in the form of music. It’s a common passion, and that is why, I have chosen music for my Passion Project. I had no idea so many people related to music, especially the people to our grade. Such wonderful musicians I have as friends! Comment your favourite song below! I want to see what genre people our age like šŸ™‚

Here is the equipment we have used to record:

  • Macbook Pro
  • Rode Microphone
  • Garageband
  • Handheld microphone & stand

Having a sleepover with Emmy was awesome! We had so much fun! Our album consists of 5 originals and 1 cover, 3 originals written by Emmy, the other 2 written by me. The cover is Riptide by Vance Joy. Vance Joy… more like Emmy Joy. *drum clash* We took so many takes but we are happy with the results. We did have problems, it wasn’t only rainbows and butterflies, it’s compromise.Ā 

So, we had these struggles while recording, and the solutions:

  • Not hearing vocals properly –Ā Re-recording over the top of the base track, thereforeĀ strengthening the vocals. The reason for not hearing properly in the first place is the instruments being too loud. It is quite difficult to record like a pro and have about 6 different andĀ distinguishedĀ tracks, therefore not needingĀ this, but it is difficult on the program I’m using, Garageband. Overall Garageband is pretty easy & amateur.
  • Hearing background noise (wood chopping, TV, siblings) –Ā We either waited or we closed windows. We couldn’t move Emmy’s piano so.. Yeah. We’re so adaptable.
  • Vocals –Ā Emmy was a little sick during our sleepover, so her vocals were a little bit forced. We ended up using a handheld microphone and a stand to record it so that we weren’t straining her beautiful voice. Even so, Emmy’s voice was still amazing. She can sing, even when sick!
  • Laptop with lyrics going onto “sleep” while recording –Ā Quite minor but was annoying. I just had to stand near and help without making any noise, which… didn’t work most of the time but we got there! Thanks for putting up with me Emmy! šŸ˜›

 

Planning. Planning. More planning. Sigh.

Planning for a project is hard, but rewarding. I guess in a way, planning is the an essential thing that can really keep a hectic life together. Other than emotional support and faith, of course. I mean, you can’t build a skyscraper without a good plan. Without a good plan the building would fall.Ā A plan is like a map. When following a plan, you can always see how much you have progressed towards your project goal and how far you are from your destination. Knowing where you are is pretty good for making decisions on where to go or what to do next. Like getting to the treasure. Our treasure is our CD, in many ways.

Emmy and I have been working so hard to achieve the best for our first EP, sure we don’t have studio equipment or a record label (yet) it’s still going to be the best of our abilities at this time. We would have spent a long while doing this, we want it to be perfect, but we are only human. I know, in time we will both get better at it.

Steps to creating our CD:

  1. Writing or perfecting song lyrics, chord progressions and rhythms
  2. Recording the base vocals and instruments in Garageband. Make sure audio not distorted.
  3. Editing those base tracks, then if too quiet with vocals, going back and heightening the vocals by recording more over the top. (This only happens if the vocals are almost indistinguishable. Wow. Such a big word. Didn’t even know I knew how to spell that, or even guess)
  4. Edit sound-waves, play around with vocals and other things. Change pitch, if necessary.
  5. Get feedback. Add it on.Ā 
  6. Render MP3 and burn to CDs.
  7. Create CD covers and booklets.
  8. Relax and enjoy! With ice-cream, of course.Ā 

Here are the things we use to record and things being recorded:

  • Macbook Pro
  • Garageband (Mac)
  • RODE microphone
  • Vocals
  • Guitar (acoustic and electric)
  • Piano
  • Drums

I’m so excited to present our project to everybody but yet again really nervous. I guess I’ll go now and shake it off. Get it? I have a blank space, so I’ll talk about the potential problems.

Challenges:

  • Getting time to record. We are both really busy, so we are working stuff out.
  • The audio gets lost. Please no repeats of last time. Please.

Bye!

Book Week 2016

Book week again! I love seeing all of the costumes and smiles, I guess it’s all part of the week. Well, my favourite part if the week for me. Everybody getting into character is one of the funniest things too! It’s a great memory also, I love getting together and planning ours.

Let’s not forget about the books though, it’s Book Week remember!! Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā šŸ™‚

My favourite book from my childhood is Diary Of A Wombat by Jackie French!

I remember in Junior School (once called Campbell House when I was there) we would have Library every week. I remember lucidly we read it three times in a year once, not including the sequels of this book. Gosh, it’s been so long. If anybody was here since Junior School, please comment your favourite library book reading, or the one you remember.

I also love the simplicity, it makes it funny and lighthearted. I like reading it to my sister, she learnt all the words in the book in a week. That’s how simple it is to understand. Also, the illustrations are so adorable, little wombat are cute in real life too, though! My grandma used to read it to me too when I borrowed it from the library, I used to live with her, I did all my life almost. She passed away two years ago so it’s a good memory for me.

I first heard the book when it was read to me when I borrowed it the first term from the library. My grandma read it to me. It made me laugh so much because there is one occurring sentence that we all do, maybe not as much as the wombat but whatever. A wombat shall do what a wombat shall do! If you remember the book you will know what I am talking about.

My favourite character is…. *coughs for effect* DA DA DA DAH! The dopey wombat.

It made me feel so lighthearted when reading it. It was so much fun this book!

Please comment!

Watching Words

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Words are everywhere and they are an important part in out lives! I think they are the most important part of our lives in school. Words are our speech and our writing. Without words we would be mimes, using body language and symbols as communication. Words are language. We owe lots of our daily contact to words.

My book is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is only an evaluation of the first book.

Character Words:

Brave: ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

One way Katniss showed this was when she volunteered for the games in her sister’s place. She has 1/24 chance that she will not die, so it’s basically a death sentence. She is only a young adult, so this is very special. Even if she was just being kind, she was being brave. The ultimate sacrifice.

Foolish: lacking good sense or judgment; unwise.

She did sacrifice for her district, but someĀ people she was foolish. They see it as she was saying life was something not valuable or she was toying with fate. They believe that she was toying with fate or she was giving away life.

“Katniss showed bravery through what was deemed as a death sentence by all commoners. Some thought she was foolish,Ā most thought she was brave.”

Action Words:

Silently: making no sound; quiet; still: refraining from speech

Katniss was moving silently through the forest to avoid danger in the games. About 16 contestants had already died, she was cautious for her life. She was determined to win. District 1 and 2 were dominating in a teamĀ but she was by herself. Her boy acquaintance, PeetaĀ Mellark, was not dead, but somewhereĀ else unknown to her at the time.Ā 

“Katniss was moving swiftly but silently through the dense cover of the forest. She was up to her neck in opponents and she would be choked any second now.”

Setting Words:

Bland: lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull

The place she grew up in, District 12, is very poor and mundane. It mines coal and nothing very exciting happens. Nothing exciting happens, only tragedies. Her father died in a mining accident when she was young.

“Her district was bland.”

Feeling Words:
Endangered: threatened with a danger: scared

She felt endangered in the games, there were only a few left after the first night alone. It was her and Peeta, and a bunch of threats.

“She felt endangered. The berries had almost killed her and her opponents wereĀ running after her.”

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WORDS:

  1. Mundane:Ā Bland,Ā boring, plain, unexciting. “Rey’s life was mundane.”
  2. Misanthropy: SomebodyĀ who has hatred to people in general. “Rey had misanthropy from the abuse as a child. He could never forgive them so easily, most people were cruel.”
  3. Lucid: transparently clear; easily understandable. “Rey’s speech was fluent and lucid, somethingĀ beautiful.”