GarageBand is a digital audio workstation that allows you to create and edit your own music. The program includes a piano-like keyboard, so you can compose songs even without any extensive knowledge of music theory. Songs created with GarageBand can be played back using an Apple device or on the computer by installing the software on your computer. To transfer songs from your Mac to your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, you must use iTunes.
For those of you piano players, both experts and amateurs, who have decided to use GarageBand, it is time to learn how to play the piano using this program.
How to Play Piano in GarageBand
GarageBand includes a piano that allows you to play along with the songs that you create.
If you have already purchased GarageBand, follow these steps:
- Connect your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone to your computer using the USB cable and then open GarageBand.
- In the main menu of GarageBand on your computer, select New Project.
- Go to Software Instrument and choose Create.
- Pick the Piano from the list of instruments.
- Enable Musical Typing. This is a feature that shows a keyboard above the musical keys as you’re playing. It’s a great way to keep track of the octave you’re using. After that, you simply can start playing the GarageBand pianos using your regular keyboard, matching your keys with the onscreen musical keys per what is shown via the Musical Typing feature.
How to Compose a Song Using GarageBand Piano
It is not difficult to write your own piano song in GarageBand from scratch, if you know a few basic arrangements, and you also know many simple arranging techniques to make your music sound great. Still, it may take a while to get used to, simply because creating your own melodies and making the drum parts and other instrument bits to match on GarageBand may take a bit getting used to.
Sometimes all it takes is to sit down and play around with a melody for an hour or two. It’s useful to learn how basic songwriting works by becoming familiar with triads, or how to arrange certain parts of a song.
Let’s say you’ve already laid out your main melody and your rhythm section, so now you’re deciding how you want to move forward. If you want to make a more complete composition, you can add another section of melody that could be used as a verse or a chorus, and then you can use various arrangement techniques to make the song more compelling.
Easy Piano Songs to Play on GarageBand
Maybe you are not interested in making your own music, but you still want to enjoy the sounds of an acoustic piano. For those of you who are new to GarageBand, or for those of you who already have it and want to learn how to play a song using the software, there are lots of easy piano songs to play on GarageBand.
Some of the best easy songs to play on the GarageBand piano include:
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Fur Elise
- Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Theme