GarageBand: Getting Started

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Learning Activity

GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your iPad — with a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists.

GarageBand includes a set of Apple Loops you can use to easily add drum beats, bass lines, rhythm parts, and other sounds to a song. Loops contain musical patterns that can be seamlessly repeated over and over. 

Follow the steps below to create a song adding some Apple Loop tracks then select Share to save the file to your iPad. 

Select Share and then 'Song to Music' to save your song as a .m4a file as follows. Then upload the song file as evidence under Record Achievement.


GarageBand: Getting Started

Open GarageBand and click + and then select New in the Live Loops view.

Tap the Loop Browser button Loop Browser button in the control bar. The Loop Browser button is available only in Tracks view.Loop Browser results list

  • Search by instrument: Tap Instruments, then tap an instrument in the grid.

  • Search by genre: Tap Genres, then choose a genre from the list.

  • Search by descriptor: Tap Descriptors, then choose one or more descriptors from the list. Descriptors are listed in contrasting pairs.

Drag a loop from the results list to an empty part of the Tracks view screen. Align the left edge of the loop with the bar or beat (on the ruler) where you want it to start playing.

Choose a few different instruments and add 3 or 4 loops to the track. Select the arrows at the bottom of the screen in the track columns and choose duplicate if you wish to repeat the tracks. 

Have fun and get creating! 

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