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Magic GarageBand is a way to jump-start your writing and recording process. It's one of GarageBand's many modes, and it allows you to choose a genre, audition and assign band members, and play along with professionally recorded audio loops which are arranged into song forms. To access Magic GarageBand's Genre Chooser, select Magic GarageBand from the left-hand column and once you do, you'll see the nine music genres available to you. These are Blues, Rock, Jazz, Country, Reggae, Funk, Latin, Roots Rock, and Slow Blues.
Before you get too excited about Magic GarageBand, it can't actually write music for you, but it can present a song form in a certain genre that can provide inspiration that you might need to start working on a new song. It will be particularly helpful to you if you're new to songwriting or new to music in general. But experienced musicians and songwriters will likely find Magic GarageBand kind of limiting. To preview the song forms presented in each genre, hover your mouse over each genre box and click on the Preview button that appears, to begin playing a sample from the default song, and you can click again to stop.
(music playing) I am going to preview few more. Here is the Rock one. (music playing) How about Country? (music playing) Maybe Reggae? (music playing) Much cooler! (music playing) How about Jazz? (music playing) Once you've identified which genre you want to work with, select the genre box and click Choose in the bottom right or just double-click.
I am going to go with Funk. So when I click it, the Magic GarageBand stage will open up and begin loading instruments from the library. If you have any of the GarageBand Jam Packs installed, those instruments will automatically be available to here as well. I'll be discussing GarageBand Jam Packs in the first movie in Chapter 4. Next, we'll see how to audition different players and make the final hiring decisions, as it were, for you band.
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