Tips & Techniques
How to Make Drum Tracks Using GarageBand's Beat Sequencer
Hey there, my friends! Quick tutorial today where I show you how I’ve been creating the custom drum tracks used in some of my recent videos. This is in response to Song Notes member Byron, who asked about this after my latest video teaching Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. In my playthrough for that song, you can hear a drum track in the background – which I created using GarageBand’s Beat Sequencer tool. While I have next to zero experience as a drummer, I’ve been able to figure out the process of creating such tracks in just seconds — which I’m excited to share with you in this video.
If you want to try this out yourself, you’ll need GarageBand for either the iPad or iPhone (here’s the download link). The great part is, GarageBand is free to download! The Beat Sequencer is just one of the many features included within GarageBand, which is an incredibly powerful tool for amateur musicians.
Lessons I’ve Made with Backing Tracks
Here’s just a few of the recent lessons I’ve made which include a backing track as an optional download to Song Notes members.
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June 22, 2022
A beginner's guide to using GarageBand's Beat Sequencer tool to create custom drum beats! Even if you're a total novice when it comes to drumming (like me), I'll walk you through the basic steps to create rich-sounding drum tracks to play over while practicing or performing.
May 27, 2022
A few years after learning American Girl the way Tom Petty plays it, I returned to it — this time determined to work out a low-key, easy-going fingerstyle arrangement. Here's how it went!
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As part of my Learning Lead Guitar series, I share a realization I recently had showing different ways to fill out melody lines using triads, double-stops, and harmonized sixths.
May 19, 2022
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May 4, 2022
Two easier ways to play B-minor, using open chord voicings — super helpful to have these in your toolkit. Includes different practice riffs to accompany each chord voicing.
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