Garageband Tutorial – Learn Garageband Tips, Tricks for Beginners

How do you make great music? How do you run Garageband? To make this app even more beginner friendly, I compiled this short tutorial that covers just the basics of the app and answer common queries.


How to adds beats to Garageband?


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It is pretty simple to add or alter beats with Garageband. The screen has buttons that light up when you touch them, and this way you can toggle sounds at various points in a track to come up with a melody. For example, the blue buttons are for cymbals, which you can toggle at particular points. The green ones are for the base, which can be rung similarly. Same goes for the yellow drums and so on. There are various instruments you can use too, but the basic steps remain the same.

Which brings us to the next common query…

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How to download instruments for Garageband?

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Garageband comes loaded with a set of basic instruments and loops you can make music from. But if you want to take your music to another height, buying a pack of different instruments might help you. Instrument packs are available in Garageband as in–app purchases. Each pack costs anything between 1 and 5 USD. Picked wisely, it won’t be an investment in vain.

You can go to the sound library in the app and find the option to download more instrument and sound packs, each classified with the sort on music or instruments they pack for easy sorting. You can pick one you like and pay the price. Depending upon the speed of your internet connection, the sound package should be ready to use in your app in no time.


How to Arrange music to sound better?

Most garageband sound segments can be arranged and altered through a simple dragging mechanism. The sounds you lay in the track can be long pressed to be moved. You can pull them using a pinch/zoom motion to alter their total length or drag at a particular corner alone to make the music loop on its own to the point you drag it to, stopping wherever it may be. You can also alter the photos with a tap.

Beyond these tricks, though, better musical arrangement comes with practice. You might find it useful to experiment with using more software in conjunction with Garageband, such as Logic Pro X, FL Studio or Soundation. It won’t harm in the least.

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How to improve music making skills with Garageband?

Improving your skills in anything has the same answer; practice! Experts work their butts off while learning anything, be it musical instruments or a new language. Garageband makes it easy to access instruments and arrange notes from those instruments without knowing how to produce those notes in the first place. In this way, the app does a lot of the tough work for you. The rest is your diligence and eagerness to make melodies. That, and maybe you could subscribe to a few free tutorials to skim over the basics every now and then. That surely helped me. There are free tutorials all over YouTube and on blogs.

The app is pretty simple and intuitive to use by itself. Sit down with it one afternoon and give every button and option a spin. You’ll soon have the app on your fingertips. That right there is the best Garageband tutorial!

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