Using iPad's Garage Band

1) Before you start: Please recap on the different sections that make a Pop Song:
2) Choosing your Chord Progressions: Once you have chosen your main instrument and autoplay, you should now choose your chord progressions. Sets of chords that go well when played one after another are known as chord progressions. Now you should choose which chord progressions are used for which section. Here are some you can use that sound nice:

Ideal Intro/Verse/ Chorus chords (1)


I. C F G F


II. C F C F

III. C G F G

IV. C F C G

V. C F Dm G

VI. C Em F G

VII. C Am F G

VIII. C Dm C/E F

IX. C Am Dm G

X. C C/E F G

XI. C G/B Am G

Ideal Intro/Verse/ Chorus chords (2)

 

I. Am Em F C

II. Am Em F G

III. Am Dm G C

IV. Am G F C

V. Am G F G

VI. Am F C C

VII. Am Em Am G

VIII. Am F C G

IX. Am G/B C  F

Ideal Pre-Chorus Chords

I. Dm G Dm G

II. F G F G

III. F G Am G/B

IV. Dm C/E F G

V. F C/E F G

C/E is created like this.

Please note:
  1. Each chord should be held either across 4, 8 or 16 beats.
     
  2. Each chord progression should be repeated 2 or 4 times, depending on how long each chord progression is.
     
  3. You can have more than 1 Chord progression per section.
     
  4. Ask yourself: How do the chord progressions make you feel?
E.g.
a) Creating Sections: You need to create sections so that you can organise your chords in Garageband the same way you planned on paper. For instance, If your song has an Intro, Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus, Outro, then you need 6 sections, Section A, B, C, D, E, F. 

Each Bar is 4 beats by default. Calculate the number of bars your sections require, and adjust accordingly. For e.g, if your verse is [C Em F G] X2 with 4 beats per chord, each chord is 1 bar, meaning you need 8 bars.

This button edits your sections

b) Recording into the Sections: Select a section. As long as you did not select all Sections, you will realise that you can now only record in that particular section. Press the Red Circle and start changing chords in timing!

Make sure the track needle is at the start

Go to the track view to edit

c) Renaming your Sections:
Hold onto a section, and a few functions will pop out. Click rename.

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