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Tuning up and tracking a rhythm electric guitar part

From: GarageBand '11 Essential Training

Video: Tuning up and tracking a rhythm electric guitar part

Time to record some big crunchy guitars. I'll take this opportunity to show you the tuner in GarageBand and while you didn't see me tune the acoustic guitar or the bass earlier, I can assure you that I spent time making sure they were in tune. Select Tuner from the LCD display menu and pick each string cleanly, independently, and make adjustments until your tuner turns blue. The needle should sort of point straight up in the middle. If you're flat, it will be to the left; if you're sharp, it will be to the right. So you want to make it balance in the middle.

Tuning up and tracking a rhythm electric guitar part

Time to record some big crunchy guitars. I'll take this opportunity to show you the tuner in GarageBand and while you didn't see me tune the acoustic guitar or the bass earlier, I can assure you that I spent time making sure they were in tune. Select Tuner from the LCD display menu and pick each string cleanly, independently, and make adjustments until your tuner turns blue. The needle should sort of point straight up in the middle. If you're flat, it will be to the left; if you're sharp, it will be to the right. So you want to make it balance in the middle.

Making sure all of your instruments are in tune is one of the bare essentials in recording music that can have a huge impact on the overall sound of your track. Even when things are only slightly out of tune, most listeners will feel like something is just not quite right, even if they can't put their finger on it. (music playing) Option+Command+N for a new track, and this time I will choose Electric Guitar. Using the Guitar Amp Preset menu, I will choose Fat Stack and get ready to track a pass.

This time I am going to double track the guitar part, which means I'll actually record it twice on two separate tracks so that it will sound like there are two guitars playing together on the same part in my final mix. Let's do the first one. I am going to do press R and then sit back and wait for the big moment to come in. (music playing) Okay, now with that guitar track still selected, press Command+D to duplicate the track.

This will give you a new track of the same type, with the same effects and settings in place. You will notice that it only duplicated the track and not the audio region contained within the track. That's because you can independently duplicate a region, and this was just the approach of duplicating a track so that we can record our second guitar part into a track that's already set up exactly the same as the other. So effectively, they sound the same as each other. So that the original guitar part isn't competing for my attention while I'm tracking this new one, I am just going to press Mute and keep it out of the mix for now.

Okay, I am ready to track the second electric guitar part, so I'll press R and give it a go. (music playing) Now I am double tracking. (music playing) Cool, now that I've got my two rhythm guitar tracks, in the next movie we can work on balancing, panning, and tightening those guitar parts up, so they serve the song as a proper wall-o-guitar.

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GarageBand '11 Essential Training

50 video lessons · 23123 viewers

Todd Howard
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  1. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 23m 4s
    1. Connecting instruments, MIDI controllers, mics, audio interfaces, and speakers
      4m 24s
    2. Setting important Mac OS X and GarageBand preferences
      4m 32s
    3. Creating a project with tempo, time signature, and key
      4m 37s
    4. Creating a track
      9m 31s
  3. 25m 42s
    1. Exploring Real Instrument tracks and setting a good input level
      6m 20s
    2. Exploring Software Instrument tracks, keyboard velocity, and MIDI
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Electric Guitar tracks and monitoring
      7m 48s
    4. Positioning the cursor on audio regions to access different tools
      4m 35s
  4. 10m 23s
    1. Choosing a genre in the Project Chooser
      2m 3s
    2. Auditioning players in the band and hiring new players
      8m 20s
  5. 16m 45s
    1. Browsing and filtering the Apple Loops library
      5m 20s
    2. Dragging Apple Loops into your arrangement and choosing from alts
      6m 33s
    3. Jamming along with your composition
      4m 52s
  6. 35m 11s
    1. Setting tempo, enabling count-in and metronome, and dragging in a drum loop
      5m 22s
    2. Using GarageBand as a scratchpad for recording new ideas
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Arrange track to create song form sections
      3m 1s
    4. Splitting Apple Loops and choosing alternates to build a drum part
      6m 36s
    5. Recording multiple takes with cycle record
      4m 32s
    6. Punching in a small section of audio
      6m 20s
    7. Using Groove Matching to tighten up the rhythm of a performance
      5m 51s
  7. 33m 56s
    1. Tuning up and tracking a rhythm electric guitar part
      4m 26s
    2. Customizing the guitar sound using amps, stompboxes, and effects
      11m 44s
    3. Using Flex Time to fix a double-tracked rhythm guitar part
      7m 40s
    4. Using Cycle Record to record multiple takes for soloing
      3m 40s
    5. Compositing a final guitar solo from multiple takes
      6m 26s
  8. 19m 25s
    1. Recording a Software Instrument track
      3m 48s
    2. Editing the parameters of Software Instruments
      8m 44s
    3. Editing MIDI notes in the piano roll editor after the performance
      6m 53s
  9. 14m 12s
    1. Recording lead vocals
      6m 39s
    2. Correcting pitch with automatic tuning
      4m 16s
    3. Reordering, duplicating, and deleting song sections using the Arrangement track
      3m 17s
  10. 1h 7m
    1. Creating successful mixes
      7m 4s
    2. Pre-mixing
      15m 31s
    3. Equalizing tracks
      5m 51s
    4. Compressing tracks
      10m 13s
    5. Adding reverb and echo effects to individual tracks
      6m 39s
    6. Creating automated volume and pan moves
      10m 41s
    7. Freezing tracks to improve system performance
      2m 0s
    8. Using master track effects and automating a fade-out
      3m 31s
    9. Creating a final mixdown: Exporting a finished song to disk
      5m 40s
  11. 12m 51s
    1. Sharing your songs with iTunes and burning CDs
      3m 6s
    2. Opening a GarageBand project in Logic
      4m 26s
    3. Archiving GarageBand project files
      5m 19s
  12. 36m 44s
    1. Taking music lessons
      7m 32s
    2. Creating ringtones
      3m 50s
    3. Creating podcasts
      14m 12s
    4. Scoring a movie
      11m 10s
  13. 53s
    1. Goodbye
      53s

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