Join Damian Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a style, part of GarageBand '09 Essential Training.
Magic GarageBand is really a great introduction to GarageBand in general. When you choose it from the New Project window, you'll see nine different musical styles or genres. These really cover the modern spectrum of musical styles from Blues to Rock to Jazz, to less mainstream categories like Reggae and Funk. Now each of these different styles contains a different collection of instruments for you to play around with. So to start, you pick out a style and then you mix and match all of the different instruments to create your own unique composition.
To help you decide on the style, each one of these has its own preview representing a typical collection of instruments for that style. Move your mouse over one of the genres, then click on the Play button to hear a preview of that style. (Music Plays) For this demo, I'll go ahead and choose Roots Rock. To get going, you can either click the Choose button, at the base of the window or just double-click.
After a brief pause, the curtains roll back to reveal the Magic GarageBand stage complete with the initial instruments. Now the real fun comes in changing out all of these instruments to create your own mix and match fest. Before we start getting too crazy, let's actually go full screen by clicking the Full Screen button. If we ever want to get back to the regular view, we can click the Full Screen button again or close GarageBand completely by clicking the x in the top left corner. Now, as you move your mouse around the stage, different instruments highlight indicated by the spotlight. To select an instrument just click on it.
When you do, a list of alternate instruments that can play in this specific spot on the stage is listed at the base of the screen. In this particular spot, we can choose between the Electric Rhythm Guitar, a Mandolin, Strumming, Clean Echoes, or Pedal Steel. So before we start customizing things, let's click the Play button to hear the original arrangement. (Music plays.) Right now, you can hear the high pitch strumming of the Mandolin. Let's mix it up switching to Pedal Steel. There is a brief pause while GarageBand loads the new instrument in, and then we can hear the slide guitar.
(Music plays.) Let's do some more customizing. We'll click on the Keyboard, and spot out the piano for an Organ. (Music plays.) Click the Play button again anytime to stop the playback. Now for some completely random fun, you can actually get GarageBand to shuffle the instruments. Just click anywhere in an empty space in the stage, and you'll see the Shuffle Instrument button. Every time you click it, GarageBand mixes up the instrument line up. It's actually more interesting to do while the music is playing. So let's click the Play button again.
(Music plays.) Just keep in mind the GarageBand has to load the new instruments into memory every time you click that Shuffle button. So be patient with the brief pause. (Music plays.) That's it for now. Next up we'll look at working with the timeline.
- Creating a project from scratch
- Making music instantly with Magic GarageBand
- Learning the guitar and keyboard with the lessons in GarageBand
- Using piano and orchestral and analog synth software instruments
- Mixing tracks for a balanced composition
- Working with the new stomp boxes and virtual guitar amps
- Effectively applying reverb, echo, compressors, and EQ
- Exporting and sharing compositions
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started with GarageBand '09
What's new in GarageBand '091m 31s
2. Magic GarageBand
3. Taking Lessons
4. Recording with GarageBand
5. Working with Loops
6. Creating Electric Guitar Tracks
7. Using Software Instruments
8. Editing and Mixing
9. Sharing a Song
10. Additional Features
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