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Feb 20, 2014

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

by Martyn Landi

Make full use of GarageBand’s free tutorials and take the first steps to learning to strum

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Whether you’re playing an acoustic into your Mac’s mic, plugging in an electric or learning to play the piano, GarageBand makes a great tutor. Free with your app are a couple of introductory lessons for piano and guitar, which you can try out right now. They come in two parts – Learn and Play – so you can watch an instructor show you how it’s done in a video, with the help of fret and key maps, tablature and chord diagrams.

Then you have a go yourself, and afterwards you’ll receive feedback on how well you did. Once you’re up and strumming, you’ll find that the Lesson Store is packed with everything you need, from chord and scale trainers through to blues masterclasses and even lessons from Sting.

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Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 1: Head to the store

Fire up GarageBand and select Learn to Play from the sidebar. You’ll see a first free lesson in both the Guitar and Piano categories. To get more, click on Lesson Store and choose Guitar.

 

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 2: Look for lessons

You’ll see Rock, Blues and Basic categories. If you’ve made the in-app purchase for GarageBand’s loops and sounds bundle, all the Basic lessons will be free to download.

 

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 3: Learn from the best

Click the Artist tab at the top to switch to the Artist Lessons. They’re a little pricer but packed full of extra content that you wouldn’t normally get, like the song’s story.

 

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 4: Get ready to start

Once you’ve downloaded a lesson, head back over to Learn to Play. Choose your type of lesson (Guitar, Piano or Artist), then select a lesson and hit Choose to proceed.

 

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 5: Meet the instructor

The lesson will then open up in full screen, and the video instructor will begin speaking. You can skip to any section of a lesson using the named markers above the play/pause button.

 

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 6: See from every angle

When the instructor plays something, you will see musical diagrams appear in the space below – chord charts, guitar tablature, musical notation – as well as fret or key maps at the bottom.

 

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 7: Customise the diagrams

Whatever is shown alongside the video is usually automatic, but you can change that by clicking the very top-right button and changing the setting. Here we’ve gone for a tab and notation.

 

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 8: Show what you’ve learned

At the end of the Learn part of the lesson, or if you pause the video, you’ll see a Play option appear. Click it and, once you hit record, you can play along in time.

 

Learn guitar with a GarageBand tutor [Tutorial]

Step 9: Changing the input device

GarageBand should recognise whatever you plug in, but if not then click Setup at the top- right. Here you can make all kinds of settings, including a Line-in option for your electric.

 

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    • Mini Apple Genius

      Thanks! Maybe I can learn to play guitar :) .

    • www.ampity.com

      The tutorials are awesome for beginners, nice one!

    • Cynical bias

      Does anyone know how to put loops onto the musical keys in garageband 10.0.03?