Join Damian Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating lessons, part of GarageBand '09 Essential Training.
Let's get right into taking a music lesson with GarageBand. In the Start menu, I'll choose Learn to Play and here you will see, I have access to the Piano and Guitar lessons. Now, in addition to Piano Lesson 1 and Guitar Lesson 1 you will see we also have Guitar Lesson 2 which we downloaded in the previous video. The interface for taking a Piano lesson and a Guitar lesson are almost identical. We'll focus on Guitar Lesson 1 here, but later we'll look at the slight differences in the Piano Lesson interface. So without further ado, I'll double-click Guitar Lesson 1. When the lesson window opens, we are greeted by Tim our virtual trainer.
(Tim: Hi, I'm Tim. This is the first in a series of lessons that will help you learn how to play the guitar.) To pause Tim, we just press the Play button. Now, you will see along the base of the screen a timeline. This allows you to jump to different sections in the lesson whenever you need to. So if you have already listened to the lesson but want to jump back to say, tuning just click the Tuning section and then press Play. (Tim: There are several ways to tune a guitar.) During the playback I can click another section to jump there.
(Tim: This is an electric guitar. One main difference between electric and...) And just like GarageBand proper I can press the Spacebar to play and pause. To interactively move around the timeline, I can grab the playhead and drag left and right. So I can go to a very specific section of the training if I need to. Now when you position your mouse over the video, an Overlay menu appears to the left. Here you can choose between to modes, Learn and Play. Currently, we are in Learn mode where the instructor is taking us through the lesson. Once we have gone through the lesson, we can choose Play mode which allows us to play the song that we worked on during the lesson.
Let's click Play now and take a look. (Music plays.) You will see that during playback an overlay in the bottom right of the video allows you to choose the aspect from which you are viewing the fretboard. In one view, you can see the action of the right hand, on the other view, the action of the left hand. (Music plays.) Now one other really great features of the interface is the ability to slow down the song. You will see at the base of the screen a slider that says normal, half speed. You can drag between these to adjust the speed of playback.
I'll go ahead and drag this down and press Play. (Music plays.) You will see the song is playing back at a slower speed. (Music plays.) This allows me to practice this song at a slower speed and then pick up the pace. By the way, you may get a warning when you first do this telling you that the instructor's voice will be muted. This is just out of mercy to the instructor so they don't sound like an old man when you are slowing them down.
Alongside the Speed slider there is a Metronome, as I drag to the left it tells you the current beats per minute that you are playing at. Let's start the section again and look at one other function of the Metronome. As this song plays, I can click the Metronome and actually get a quick track along side the music. Now the Metronome isn't usually necessary. There is almost always some kind of the percussion in the track, but if you do need it, it's there.
I will click again to disable the Metronome. As your confidence in playing the song builds you can drag the slider back up to normal until you are comfortable of playing at full speed. Let's quickly look at the rest of the controls at the base of the screen. You have a Cycle Region button that allows you to cycle a section of the song. Now in this case, we only have one section. In other songs that you download as lessons, you will have individual sections you can select and just play those in a loop. There is a Record button that will get to you later, a volume slider to adjust the master volume and a button over here to open the arrangement in GarageBand if you want to work with it inside the GarageBand interface.
Finally, when you are done with the lesson you can select the Change Lesson button to choose a different one. We'll look at the additional setup options in the top right in the next video. Right now, I'll go back to the Learn section. (Tim: Hi, I'm Tim. This is the first in a series of lessons that will help you learn how to play the guitar.) (Tim: In this one, I'll give you a short introduction to the instrument and help get you started with some music that's really easy to play.)
- 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