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In an earlier movie we went through the process of creating arrangement markers to identify sections of the song, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, and so on. The following example will show you how to create a full-length song out of unique small sections just by using the power of the arrangement track and a little old fashioned copy and paste. Now this example doesn't really work great for this song that we are working on. This song was sort of composed to be a one-minute long piece, but it's still going to work perfectly fine for this example, just probably not going to give us the kind of results that you might get if you had intended to do this.
Now one approach to building a song in GarageBand is to record a perfect verse, a perfect chorus, in the arrangement that you want to do it, with guitar, bass, drums, sort of have a solid rhythm section, and then you use the technique we are about to go through to kind of build out a longer arrangement of the song. And at that point lay in your lead instruments, for example, your lead vocal, maybe lead guitar or another instrument that might be playing melody or something that you want to sort of have evolved throughout this song. But drums and bass, guitar, rhythm guitar, those things might actually be the same through the whole piece.
So you could use this technique to achieve that. The easiest way to do this is if you select one of the regions, just by clicking in the arrangement track, you will see that vertically a shaded area, shaded in to show you what that whole section looks like all the way through all of your tracks. So if you actually wanted to take and move one of these sections, all you need to do is click and drag. GarageBand gives you a cursor that lets you position this wherever you want to position it, shuffles other things around and lets you just drop it off wherever you like. Now our song goes Intro, Pre-Chorus, Verse, Chorus. It might sound even strange but sure enough, you can still do it.
(music playing) So it sort of jumps from one to the other. It's not really a workable way of doing this particular song, but nonetheless, you could do it. If you want to move two things at once, you can Shift+Click to select the second piece, or I am going to Shift+ Click again to turn this off. You could select the entire range by clicking the first and Shift+Clicking the last in the range, and you could select them all.
And finally, if I just select the Verse and the Pre-Chorus and I wanted to have my arrangement go Intro, Verse, Pre- Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, so that it sort of had two whole verses before we actually got to a chorus, I want to copy these two regions and paste them in between Pre-Chorus and Chorus. So the way to do that is to hold the Option key down and click and drag your selection, and put it where you'd like it to go. Drop it off.
Now I've got my new arrangement. Verse, Chorus, Verse-Copy, Pre-Chorus-Copy into Chorus. This may not be an airtight example of this process being a seamless success, but you can try this with your arrangements if you've perfected your verse and chorus rhythm section, for example, then you can copy those out to the rest of your song form and at that point begin layering in your lead instruments and your vocals on top. This process of Option+Click-dragging arrangement sections around is a very powerful one for making longer arrangements out of elements you've previously recorded.
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