3-Verse Blues Song
Assignment Type: IndividualSubmission Method: Online into gradebook
For this assignment you will compose and create a blues song, and record your self singing the song that you created.
Apple Device Users: Use this link to access your instructions for the Apple app.
If you have no way to access an Apple device to use for the app (including temporarily borrowing a device from a friend or family member), please see the link below.
Android Users: Use this link to access your instructions.
Use this link to access your instructions for the Apple app
Note: Use a stable wifi internet connection for this Apple app. I suggest to not use your phone data to complete this assignment.
Use the iPad/iPhone app available in for free in the Apple AppStore Store to complete this assignment. The app is NOT available for other devices.
If you have your own iPad/iPhone, go to the AppStore and enter a search for BLUES UTPB. It should pop up with those search terms.
Screen 1 – This is the final product you are to create: a 3-verse blues song using AAB lyrics, appropriate chord changes, and an audio file of your performance.
Screen 2 – Step 1 – On the left hand side of the screen, choose your voice range female-high (sopranos – G), female-low (altos – Eb), male-high (tenors – F), male-low (basses – Bb)Step 2 – Hear the person singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”? Is that comfortable to sing for you?Step 3 – Look at the JPG attached and notice the chords I use. Your blues song should use the same chords in the same order. Drag the chords down from the top into the gray spaces. (HINT: If you forget the order of the chords, just click “Help” on the upper-left corner to see the example again.)Step 4 – After all 36 chords are in the boxes, a green button shows up that says “Check my chords”. If your chords are the same as the example, you will be invited to continue.Step 5 – Relish in your success by just LISTENING to your song so far. Click on the green “Practice Singing” button and just listen. You did that!!!Step 6 – A green “Add Lyrics” button should be on your screen. Click it.Step 7 – Touch the pencil and write out your first short phrase (often 5-9 syllables). This is your “A” lyrics for verse 1. (HINT: touch the green icon next to the pencil and copy now.)Step 8 – Swipe left to go to the next four bars. Enter the SAME lyrics. (HINT: hit the “paste” and “add” buttons for a faster method.)Step 9 – Swipe left again to go the next four bars. Enter a follow-up to the lyrics. Again, keep it shorter like 5-9 syllables. Steps 10-15 – continue steps 7-9 twice to create the lyrics for your next two verses.Step 16 – You are now ready to record your song. Click on “Record performance” to hear your chords while you sing the lyrics and swipe left on your screen. Don’t worry – the blues are not about PERFECTION! They are about participating and singing. Sing your A lyrics and wait to hear the guitar chords change, then sing your A lyrics again. When the guitar changes again, sing the B. When the “turnaround” happens – the rhythm changes for a brief second, the guitars start the next verse. Then you can sing your 2nd verse A lyrics, and so on. YOUR FACE MUST BE IN THE VIDEO WHILE PERFORMING.Step 17 – Touch “Start recording” when you are ready. Touch “Done” to stop. Make a mistake? Simple – just stop and re-start. Step 18 – You can listen to your performance by touching “Playback all”. The mic is programmed to pick up the voice MUCH more than the guitars so don’t freak out. Step 19 – Submit the material to Dr. Keast by touching “Submit”.
Screen 3 – Please add your first and last name.
Screen 4 – Your chords, lyrics, and name are affixed to a PDF that will be uploaded to the gradebook. Click “Submit” at the bottom. Click “OK” on the pop-up.
Screen 5 – Log into Canvas with your log in credentials. Authorize BlueWhale Apps to access your Canvas account. The app will then upload 2 files – both named your name: your audio file and your PDF. Make sure you do not exit or leave your wifi connection until the uploading is completed.
You are DONE!