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Compose and Podcast with GarageBand on Your MacBook

To understand the basics of composition in GarageBand on your MacBook, start working from the very beginning. Follow along with this example of how to compose a project in GarageBand:

  1. Close all existing GarageBand windows.

    GarageBand displays the top-level New Project dialog.

  2. Click New Project on the list at the left.

  3. Click the Piano icon and click Choose.

    By choosing the Piano, the new GarageBand project will have one track already in place — a grand piano. If you choose Electric Guitar or Voice, you’ll have a project automatically created with an electric guitar track or male and female voice tracks. To create a completely empty project, choose Loops.


    GarageBand displays the New Project From Template dialog.

  4. Type a name for your new song and then drag the Tempo slider to select the beats per minute (bpm).

    A GarageBand song can have only one tempo (or speed) throughout, expressed as beats per minute.

  5. If you want to adjust the settings for your song, you can select the

    • Time signature (the Time box, expressed as beats per minute)

    • Key (the Key box)

    If you’re new to music theory (the rules and syntax by which music is created and written), just use the defaults. Most of the toe-tappin’ tunes that you and I are familiar with fit right in with these settings.

  6. Click the Create button.

    The Blues Jazz Piano 01 section in the middle of the figure is an example of a typical loop.

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