(for links to
ALL weeks, scroll down)
To start working in GarageBand, you create a new document for your music, called a "song."
1. Quit all other applications and open GarageBand (from the guitar icon in the Applications folder). Make a new song/file ("Create a New Music Project" -- DO NOT hit the other buttons, at least not now!). If another song opens automatically, choose File > New.
2. The "New Project" dialog will appear. Where it says "Save As: My Song" , write "(your name here) 1st Song". Save to the DESKTOP (you should see it listed on the left hand side).
You now have a file on the desktop for your project.
When you create a new song, you set the tempo, time signature, and key of the song. These parameters can all be changed later.
**FOR YOUR WEEK 1 GARAGEBAND TASK, YOU MAY USE THE DEFAULT TEMPO(120) AND THE DEFAULT TIME SIGNATURE (4/4). ALSO, YOU MAY USE THE DEFAULT KEY OF C.** (but if you want to change these parameters and know how to, great!)
3. Go to Track (at the top of the screen) and choose “New Track”.
**CREATE ONE “REAL INSTRUMENT” TRACK of your choice (there are lots of choices -- you can change any choice you make later).
4. **OPEN THE LOOP BROWSER** (this is the “eye” button, below your track window next to the “scissors” button, in the bottom left corner)
5. Drag a Real Instrument loop (with a blue soundwave icon) to a Real Instrument track, so the left edge of the loop aligns with the point in the timeline where you want the loop to start playing. (The timeline is the horizontal strips with each of your tracks).
6. Drag a Software Instrument loop (with a green note icon) to the Grand Piano track (which was already there by default), so the left edge of the loop aligns with the point in the timeline where you want the loop to start playing.
7. Double-click on the words "Grand Piano" in that default track. This will bring up a window where you can experiment with different instrument choices. Try out the sound of the software instrument loop you dragged to that track with some different instrument choices. How does that electric piano passage sound as a trumpet? CREATE MORE SOFTWARE INSTRUMENT AND REAL INSTRUMENT TRACKS IN THE TIMELINE.
8. YOUR FINAL PRODUCT FOR DAY 1 SHOULD BE A SONG COMPOSED OF FOUR OR MORE UNIQUE LOOPS ON FOUR OR MORE UNIQUE TRACKS LASTING A MINIMUM OF 30 SECONDS. Check your time by clicking the clock icon in the counter window.
9. If you want to save your work, save to your Z drive directory OR to your own device! We will not necessarily be staying on these machines.
Links to ALL Garageband project weeks: