“Simply put, Apple Garageband has made me a better musician, recording artist and song writer.  I owe a ton of my musical progression over the past 10 years to this program.”

I haven’t written much about music in my blog postings, mostly because I haven’t been doing much with music for some time.  There was a time, however, when music consumed me – playing, practicing, writing and recording songs. There was one technological enhancement that came out about 10 years ago that changed everything for me in terms of music: Apple Garageband.

I can’t read sheet music very well – I understand the concept of sheet music but if you put even a simple song in front of me you may as well ask me to solve an equation with quantum mechanics.  With that said, Apple Garageband allowed me to not only record music with exceptional quality, but it also allowed me to record sketches of songs with full instrumentation.  That was a game changer for me…

Apple Garageband cannot replace recording tools like Pro Tools or suites like that, but for the money ($50) you simply cannot beat it.  Since I first starting using Garageband I have recorded over 100 full length original songs (about 95 of them are instrumental).  I also learned the hard way – I learned EVERYTHING in terms of the interface, recording techniques loops by trial and error. I was so naive to the program that I didn’t even realize that you could drag & drop full predetermined drum loops into a song…I built every drum loop BY HAND for the first 6 months of using the program(!)  Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing about how I learned the program – it was the epitome of failing over and over but I gained tremendous patience and insights into how the program worked.  I’m not a drummer by trade but I certainly learned some nuances about how drums interact with other instruments – you can’t put a price on that epiphany.

Simply put, Apple Garageband has made me a better musician, recording artist and song writer.  I owe a ton of my musical progression over the past 10 years to this program.

I became so skilled with the program that I recently recorded a full cover version of the song “Schism” from Tool. That song has crazy time signatures, crazy drumming and some funky changes.  There are no stock drum loops that can emulate Tool’s drummer so I went back to making EVERY drum loop and fill by hand.  I didn’t record any vocals but I played and recorded all of the bass, guitar and drums on this version – check it out:

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