Lesson Review

Lesson Review


What are common instruments used in the rhythm tracks of a song?


Other than copy and paste, what is another method for duplicating selected regions in the Timeline?


When using the Musical Typing window for recording, what keyboard shortcuts can you use to move the playhead to the beginning of the project?


What does the term doubling mean when referring to an instrument part?


How can you change the pitch of (transpose) an entire Software Instrument region?


How many semitones are in one musical octave?


What is the maximum amount you can transpose a Software Instrument region?


What is a saving method that allows you to go back to an earlier version of the song?


How can you view the actual length of a project in hours, minutes, seconds, and fractions of a second?



Drums, percussion, and bass are common rhythm instruments.


The Option-drag method is an easy way to duplicate selected regions in the Timeline.


The Return key can be used to move the playhead to the beginning of a song while the Musical Typing window is active. The Z and the Home key methods are disabled during Musical Typing.


Doubling refers to duplicating a musical part on a second track to fatten the sound.


Select the region and open it in the editor, then drag the Region Pitch slider to transpose the region.


There are 12 semitones in each octave.


You can transpose a Software Instrument up to 36 semitones (three octaves) higher or lower.


Save the song in stages with names that indicate what is new in that version.


Change the time display to the Absolute Time mode.

Chapter 5. Working with Apple Loops

Lesson Files

GarageBand 3 Lessons > Lesson_05 > 5-1 Loops start; 5-2 IvoryDreams start; 5-3 IvoryDreams melody; 5-4 IvoryDreams draft; 5-5 IvoryDreams final


This lesson takes approximately 1 hour to complete.


Understand the rules for combining Real Instrument and Software Instrument regions and loops


Resize the Loop Browser


Move keyword buttons to a different position in the Loop Browser


Change the keyword on a keyword button


Mark favorite loops


Duplicate, resize, split, and extend loops to build a song


Draw and edit notes in the editor


Convert Software Instrument loops to Real Instrument loops


Reset the Loop Browser to its default settings

Apple Loops are prerecorded music files that are designed to repeat (loop) over and over seamlessly as a pattern. Loops are commonly used for drumbeats, rhythm parts, and other repeating musical sections within a song. GarageBand comes with over 1,000 prerecorded Apple Loops.

Apple Loops are incredibly flexible instrument regions that can be cut, copied, pasted, edited, transposed, and repeated to create a song or enhance your recorded tracks.

To extend your loop library, you can add third-party loops, as well as Apple Loops from Soundtrack Pro, Logic, or the Jam Pack expansions for GarageBand. You can also save your own recordings (Software Instruments and Real Instruments) as loops in your loop library.

In this lesson, you will learn how to customize the Loop Browser, mark and find favorite loops, and explore the differences between Software Instrument and Real Instrument loops as you build a song. Along the way you'll also learn more advanced music arranging techniques to turn your GarageBand music into professional-sounding songs.