GarageBand: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Music
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GarageBand: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Music

Arm yourself with the know-how needed to make melodies, jingles, and even full-fledged songs & albums with this course.
4.3 (14 ratings)
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251 students enrolled
Created by Michael Feinstein
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course, you will be able to make a rhythm track, melody track, backing tracks, and vocal track, among others. You will learn how to mix them together to make them sound like a cohesive end-product. You will be able to create short jingles for things such as TV ads or YouTube channel intros.
  • You will be able to use a variety of software instruments to realize your dream of making music.
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  • A Mac running Garageband V. 10, which is available on the Mac App Store.
  • For Vocals, your Mac will need a microphone of some sort; don't worry, most modern Macs have them built in.
  • A USB/MIDI Piano Keyboard will help you move faster, but it is certainly not required.

The goal of this course is to give you an moderately in-depth look at the facilities GarageBand offers you to make music. Since this is a fairly straight-forward piece of software compared to its big brother, Logic Pro, I will help you squeeze maximum productivity out of GarageBand in a relatively short amount of time.

The first thing you will learn are the basic sectors of GarageBand and their functions. Following this, I will dive into the individual sectors of the software, one at a time, and then eventually help you to integrate them together to create a final product. The course, therefore, will first focus on the individual parts of the software, followed by how to combine the parts to allow you to get to the fun part: making music!

Who is the target audience?
  • You have always wanted to make music, but don't know an instrument.
  • You have always wanted to make music on a computer, but don't know how to transition from traditional recording methods.
  • You're intrigued by GarageBand and want to see if it can help you improve your workflow.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
GarageBand: Setting Up & Learning the Basics
11 Lectures 39:02

This lecture explains how to download and setup GarageBand so you can begin making music. Note that most modern Macs already have GarageBand, but you'll want to download the latest version (10, which is free) to best take advantage of this course. Link in supplementary material.

Preview 01:55

This lecture shows you around the main menu of GarageBand and how to start a new project.

Preview 02:14

This lecture gives a full tour of GarageBands 'Preferences' Menu and shows you how to make sure you are all set to make music.

GarageBand 'Preferences'

This lecture takes you on a tour of the main components of GarageBand, as well as how to utilize 'Musical Typing', which lets you play musical notes using your computer keyboard. **NOTE: A MIDI piano keyboard will make your life much easier if you can play piano. There will be a lecture for choosing one for use with GarageBand, but it is totally optional.

GarageBand 'Main Window' & 'Musical Typing'

This lecture demonstrates how to call on the 'Quick Help' feature if you become lost.

'Quick Help' Feature

This lecture teaches a fundamental part of making music in GarageBand, which is MIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface. MIDI is nothing more than data that tells GarageBand what sounds to play, kind of like triggers.

"What is MIDI?" & 'Piano Roll'

How to Buy a MIDI Keyboard

This lecture shows you how to add MIDI tracks and manipulate the track data.

Setting Up MIDI Recording

This is a quick lecture that show you how to record MIDI.

Basic MIDI Recording

This lecture shows you how to edit MIDI data to get it to trigger the sounds you want.

Preview 04:21

This lecture talks about the extra content available on the App Store for $4.99, which will give you access to all of GarageBand's software instruments & loops. Link in supplementary material.

Note on 'Extra Content'

This quiz makes sure you know what you are doing with MIDI before you move on.

10 questions
GarageBand: Apple Loops
3 Lectures 13:53

This lecture introduces 'Apple Loops', which are very useful for creating music.

Apple 'Loop Menu'

This lecture explains the crucial differences between green loops, which indicate software instruments, and blue loops, which indicate audio recordings. You will also see how to use an audio track to record your voice.

'Green' (Software Instrument) vs 'Blue' (Audio) Loops

This short piece addresses the controversy behind using loops in your music.

Preview 02:54
GarageBand: Intermediate MIDI
10 Lectures 01:10:05

This lecture introduces the 'Smart Controls', which let you manipulate your sounds to better fit your tracks.

'Smart Controls' Part I

This lecture continues the discussion on 'Smart Controls'. Make sure you watch part 1 first.

'Smart Controls' Part II

The most powerful tool at your disposal is EQ -- make sure you know how to use it!

'EQ' (Equalizer) Introduction

This lecture explains the role of the cycle bar as well as how time signature works.

'Time Signature' & 'Cycle Bar'

This lecture dives into some more complex recording & editing techniques.

Recording & Editing

This lecture shows you how to create new tracks (including MIDI and audio) and switch software instruments.

Creating a New Track & Switching Instruments

This lecture goes more in-depth on how to apply EQ to a track. I also show you how to rename regions.

Renaming Regions & Applying EQ

This lecture shows you how to apply effects to your tracks.

Track Effects (FX)

This lecture gives more examples of how to add instruments and blend them in with your song.

Adding Bass & Hi-Hats

This lecture sums up this section of the course with some final touches to our song.

Final Touches
GarageBand: Custom Ringtones & Adding Movies
3 Lectures 12:49

This lecture shows you how to start making your own ringtones.

Creating A Ringtone From Your Audio, Part I

This lecture shows you how to export your ringtone to iTunes.

Creating A Ringtone From Your Audio, Part II

This lecture shows you how to add a movie clip to your GarageBand project and put your own music in.

Adding A Movie Clip to Your Project
GarageBand: Advanced MIDI Manipulation & Full Song Creation
2 Lectures 37:28

This lecture goes through some advanced MIDI parameter manipulation to help your have even more control over your software instruments.

Advanced MIDI Manipulation

This lecture brings together everything we have learned thus far into a half-hour song-making adventure!

Full Song Creation: Start to Finish
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About the Instructor
Michael Feinstein
4.3 Average rating
14 Reviews
257 Students
2 Courses
Musician, Motorhead, & Tech Enthisiast

Michael has varied interests that have served him and others well.

He is a passionate musician and has been producing music for over ten years under the moniker of Tuned Logic. He is very experienced with both Apple's GarageBand and Logic Pro music production software. He has two studio albums released and is working on a third. While he loves making music on his own, he also has a passion for teaching and wants to give back to the community.

Michael is also very fond of automobiles and is known in his circles as the resident advisor on all things cars.

Furthermore, since the tender age of three (!), Michael has been helping others use technology more effectively in their daily routines. Whether the matter involves PCs, smartphones, tablets, home entertainment, or anything else, he can get you up to speed and pointed in the right direction.