There are many ways your Mac can help you be more creative, but one of the lesser-known ones is teaching yourself a new instrument with GarageBand’s Learn to Play feature. Learn to Play is your Mac’s built-in guitar or piano tutor, complete with video tutorials, interactive diagrams and songs to play along with to help you master your instrument. It’s a truly wonderful feature!
What’s more, you can even record the songs you play along with and get feedback on what you’ve played. You can download further lessons for each instrument, as well as artist lessons to learn both simple and complex versions of songs that they made popular. Getting set up is easy and all you need is your Mac, GarageBand, an instrument to learn with and our great guide. What are you waiting for?
Step 1: Lesson number one
From the New Project window, select Learn to Play in the main sidebar to view any currently downloaded guitar or piano lessons from the selection available.
Step 2: Select and choose
From the list of downloaded lessons, select the one you want to work on (by default your only option is Intro to Guitar), and click Choose to begin.
Step 3: Learn or Play
In the lesson window itself, you can choose from two options: Learn or Play. Start off by clicking Learn to watch the video tutorial. Click Play to play along with the tutor.
Step 4: Check your work
In Play mode, you’ll play along with a virtual band and your tutor. Click Play and Record to start. View your progress afterwards by clicking My Results.
Step 5: On the tab
In Learn mode, clicking on the note icon in the top- right corner brings up a list of different view options to show chords, standard notation and tabs as notes.