Let’s compose!


The aim of this composition is to create a short arrangement of ‘Sunday Morning’ using Garageband and exploring the different sounds that can be used with this program. Also, you will be required to create a new melody by recording into Garageband using the G major scale.

Step 1:

Download and open the garageband file attached.

Download and open the loop files attached here. Drag the file into the project window.

Step 2:

The file attached will create several tracks which will look something like this. From here simply click onto one of the “tracks” (rows) on the far left of the screen, so that it becomes highlighted. From here double click so that this side screen on the right “software instruments” pops up.

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Here you can select different sounds for different “tracks”.  To here audio, press spacebar, or hit the rightfaced arrow on the bottom of the software window, next to the red circle (record).

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Step 3:

This task will require you to arrange this composition, and to include 4 tracks;

-1 lead melody track

-2 harmony accompaniment tracks

-1 rhythmic track

The harmony and rhythmic tracks are to used the MIDI data provided but must use different “software instruments”, so the sound is changed.

The lead melody track is to be created by yourself using the ‘Musical Typing Window’, found under the Window tab, or if MIDI keyboards are available, then they can be utilised. Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 6.17.08 PM


Step 4:

Create a new track under the ‘Track’ tab. From here, a new window will appear which looks this. Select software instrument and press ‘create’.

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To record in a new track, simply highlight the track so it becomes green and click the red circle button. From here, the track will appear red and as you press keys, MIDI data will be entered in.

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Make sure you have the ‘Musical Typing Window’ open, and make sure you utilise the G major scale (notes: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G) – or using the keyboard letters (G, H, J, K, L, A, S, D, T). Make sure you change octaves in your recording (up=x, down=z), vary the dynamics (v=louder, c=softer)


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