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One of the most straightforward uses of GarageBand is as a sketch pad for new ideas. I'll select my new acoustic guitar track and actually go ahead and name it. I am going to call it Acoustic, then just GTR for guitar, hitting Return to save that. And as long as I've got my input source set to the correct input for my mic or line-in and I set Monitor to On--I am going to use no feedback, since I have my speakers off-- I'm ready press record and get this new idea down before I forget it. I stumbled upon an interesting tuning for the acoustic guitar recently, and it inspired these three different parts.
I decided they should be a verse a pre-chorus and a chorus of a short song that might be just right for this course. I am going to use GarageBand to get this guitar idea down, so that I can start working on other parts to flesh it out. Since I'm recording into microphone, I've got my speakers turned off. What you don't want is sound coming out of your speakers and going back into the microphone that you're using to record. So in most cases if you're using a mic, you'll want to turn your speakers down and grab some headphones to record with. I'll just check the Control menu to make sure Metronome and Count-In are checked, and now I'll just press R to begin recording.
(music playing) That was a pretty good pass. Let's listen.
(music playing) Yeah, I think I'll keep that one, and this is as good a time as any to remind you to press Command+S to save.
Be sure to save your GarageBand project files early and often.
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