For my music final my goal I put is that I would learn one song and be able to sing with it. However, through my learning process, I have changed what my final goal is. I did stick with the song I was going to learn which is “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King with four chords which were AM, F, C and G7. I have practiced this all semester and have felt very confident in my abilities. When I started to try to sing with it I found this to be something that I struggled with. While I am still working on singing and playing, I was unable to reach this goal for my final. I will still be working on this on my own but I rather focused my time and energy in switching between chords well and strumming with only my hand not my whole arm. I underestimated how hard it was going to be to sing and play at the same time. I felt like I lost the beat and would get confused on when to sing, so I am still working on this but didn’t feel confident enough to be graded on it.
Since I felt I was not ready to sing I felt like I needed to try to learn more. I have really enjoyed playing the ukulele and when I go down to the beach, I enjoy sitting there and strumming different tunes. So, I started to look up other songs that I could learn to play. I started learning to play “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and it has another chord which is G. I just started learning this song a week ago but I have been constantly playing it. I have some difficulties switching between C and G in the song because I just learned how to play G but I will still be working on it afterwards as well. The strumming pattern is different as well but I didn’t find this challenging. It goes down up down up down up but on the second down you play louder which gives it a nice tune. I love this song and playing it so I will be working on making my transitions better. Overall, I feel like I learned so much and pushed myself to try something new. I actually have really enjoyed playing the ukulele, so much that I’m buying my own to continue to learn over the summer.
I found practicing once a day for 15 minutes made a world of a difference because I was actually able to progress. When I started learning “I’m Yours” I played longer because I was really determined to learn the song in a short amount of time, so I think continuing on, I will be able to learn to play more songs. The next song I want to learn is “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis Presley because it was my parents wedding song and this year is their 30th wedding anniversary!
I have attached these links to each song I learned: