This is the first in a series of seven tutorials that will introduce you to Apple’s music creation and sequencing app, GarageBand. Across these tutorials, we’ll walk you through every element of putting a song together, perfecting its production and then sharing your creation.
While GarageBand isn’t as fully featured as something like Logic, it’s designed to be easily accessible and quick to learn. This makes it perfect for beginners, who’ll soon be able to put together songs with loops and samples. It’s also tremendously useful for professional musicians, who want a way of quickly and easily jotting down a musical idea for later. The iPad’s portability and versatility lends itself very well to this.
We’ll be focusing our tutorials on the iPad edition of GarageBand, though much of the advice also applies to the iPhone and iPod touch version, which is even more portable, but doesn’t have so much screen space to work with.
We’ll start with the first steps of creating a song, naming it, and choosing the key, tempo and time signature, before recording a few tracks.
Time required: 15 mins
What you need:
iOS 5.1 or later
1) First Steps
When you first load the app, you’ll be taken to the My Songs screen, which will be empty. Get started by clicking the ‘+’ button in the top-left corner and selecting ‘New Song’. You can return to this screen at any time when you’re in another part of the app by selecting ‘My Songs’ in the top left.
2) Pick an instrument
3) Key change
4) Record it
5) Add Another Track
6) You’re done