GarageBand is a music playing app that allows you to "play" musical instruments on your iPad. With enough practice playing instruments, you might start a garage band for real! You can buy GarageBand for the iPad at the App Store.


Tap the GarageBand app to start it.

A list of instruments appears. Swipe left or right to scroll the instruments.


Tap on an instrument, such as Keyboard, to display it.

A series of buttons appear at the top of the window that allow you to record what you play on the virtual instrument, play it back, visit any songs you have saved, control volume, and return to the main instrument selection screen.

Tap the instrument, whether it’s a drum or keyboard, to produce sounds. Tapping the Instruments button allows you to change to a different instrument.


Tap the Record button to record your playing.

After you tap the Record button, start playing and tap it again when you’re done. Play back what you’ve recorded by tapping My Songs, tapping an item, and then tapping the Play button.


Tap the Instrument Settings button.

Control settings such as echo and reverb appear.


Tap the Song Settings button.

The dialog that appears allows you to add sounds or adjust the tempo.