GarageBand App For Practicing - Part 1 (Introduction)

On April 24th of this year The Guitarist hosted a workshop focused on using GarageBand (for iOS devices) as a practicing tool.  The objective of the workshop was to familiarize the participants with some of the features of GarageBand (of which there are many!) and to show how easily the GarageBand app can be used as a practicing tool.

The workshop was well attended and was taught by (yours truly) Mike Mckenna, former teacher at The Guitarist, co-author of "I've Always Wanted To Play Guitar", guitarist, and GarageBand user.  We had a great time going over the key features of GarageBand and how it can be used on both the iPhone and iPad to greatly enhance your practicing time.

Let's face it, practice time with your guitar can be, shall we say...less than inspirational when playing alone.  This is especially true if you have only your handy-dandy, but not so personal, metronome's relentless tick-tocking away.  I don't know about you, but prolonged exposure to a metronome makes me tick like Captain Hook (from Peter Pan) when Tick-Tock the crocodile is after him.

Well, as we found out GarageBand more than replaces a metronome.  With just a few steps you too can be playing with what sounds like a real band.  And that, my guitarist friend, is where the fun begins and your guitar playing skyrockets!

So, in these next few blog posts I'll be covering some of the topics we introduced in the workshop, along with posting files and links for making the GarageBand app an integrated part of your daily practice routine.

Here we go...


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