B01 Building a Song 2:52

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Building a song

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You can create an original song
quickly and easily in GarageBand.

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In the "New Project" dialog

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you'll find a variety of templates including Voice,

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Acoustic and Electric Guitar,

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a Keyboard Collection and Loops.

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We'll pick the "Songwriting" template
and then click "Choose".

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GarageBand opens with a new project

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where you can record your voice
or an acoustic instrument.

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Use software instruments tracks
to add parts using a keyboard

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and a drum kit track with the basic drums loop.

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Press the space bar to hear the drum loop.

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[Drum sound]

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If you like it, great,

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if not, just tap the delete key.

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Then click the loop browser button
and search for another drumbeat.

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Click "Kits" then click on the drum loops

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until you find one you like.

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[Drum sound]

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[Drum sound]

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[Drum sound]

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Drag it to the beginning
of your song in the timeline.

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Then click the cycle button
to turn on the cycle region.

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This repeats this section so that
we can have more parts to the song.

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Click "Reset" in a loop browser

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then click "Bass" and "Urban"

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to show the bass loops with an urban feel.

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[Music]

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[Music]

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Choose a loop you like
and drag it into the song.

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Drag the top right corner to make it longer

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and then tap the space bar
to hear with the drums.

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[Music]

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To record a guitar track

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click the plus symbol
and choose electric guitar track,

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then click the record button
to start recording from the beginning.

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GarageBand gives you
a one measure counting

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so you can start playing on the beat.

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[Music]

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The song plays to the end of the cycle

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and starts again from the beginning
so you can record another tape.

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When you finish, press the space bar
to stop recording.

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Now you can press the spacebar again
to hear what you play,

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and you can click on the "Take" indicator
to listen to the other takes.

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[Music]

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You can add more parts the same way

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until you got a complete arrangement
of your new song.
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