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Show the Tempo track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to show the Tempo track, for adding and editing tempo changes, choose Track> Show Tempo Track.

Hide or show your library in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to hide or show your library, do View>Hide Library, or View>Show Library, or press Y on your keyboard.

Transpose audio regions in GarageBand

To transpose selected audio regions in GarageBand, click Region in the Audio Editor, then drag Transpose slider left or right.

Zoom in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press Command-Right Arrow to zoom in.

Raise the range of the onscreen keyboard in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a software instrument using the onscreen keyboard, click the small triangle to the right of the keys to raise the range by one octave.

Bend the pitch up in Musical Typing in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a software instrument using Musical Typing, press 2 to bend the pitch up.

Show pitch and velocity in the Piano Roll in GarageBand

When using the Piano Roll Editor in GarageBand, hold your pointer over a note to show its pitch and velocity.

Customize a track header in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to customize a track header by showing different controls, Control-click the track header, then choose Track Header Components from the pop-up menu.

Reindex Apple Loops in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to reindex the Apple Loops user library, click Loops at the top of the Loop Browser, then do Reindex All Loops.

Change the icon for a track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to change the icon for a track, Control-click the icon in the track header, then choose a new one.

Set the project key from the LCD in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to set the project key from the LCD, click the key in the LCD, then choose a key from the pop-up menu.

Change pages while lesson playback is stopped in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a Learn to Play lesson, to change pages while playback is stopped, click the left or right arrow on either side of the full-page view.

Loop a region continuously in GarageBand

To loop a region continuously in GarageBand, select the region in the Tracks area, then press L.

Change the mix of a Learn to Play lesson in GarageBand

When taking a Learn to Play lesson in GarageBand, to change the mix of a lesson, click Mixer in the upper-right part of the lesson window, then adjust the sliders.

Add a region to your Apple Loops Library in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to add a selected region to your Apple Loops Library, choose File> Add Region to Loop Library, or press Control-Shift-O.

Add a note to the Score Editor score in GarageBand

In GarageBand on a Mac with a Force Touch trackpad, force click an empty area in the Score Editor score to add a note.

Show Apple Loops in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to show Apple Loops, choose View> Show Apple Loops, or press the O (not zero) key.

Import a Music Memos idea into GarageBand

In GarageBand, to import into the current project a Music Memos idea saved in iCloud Drive, choose File> iCloud> Import Music Memos File.

Open a recent project in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to open a recent project, click Recent in the Project Chooser, then double-click the project.

Resize audio and MIDI regions in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to resize audio and MIDI regions in the Tracks area, move the pointer over the lower-right edge of the region, then when the Resize pointer appears, drag the region to shorten or lengthen it.

Reorder tracks in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to reorder tracks in the Tracks area, hold down an empty part of a track's header, then drag the track up or down.

Repeat a section when taking a lesson in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to repeat a section when taking a lesson, click the Cycle button (two curved arrows), then select a section and click the Play button.

Practice guitar chords in GarageBand

To practice guitar chords in GarageBand, choose File> New, then click Learn to Play in the Project Chooser, then double-click Chord Trainer.

Use Quick Help in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to use Quick Help, choose Help> Quick Help, then move the pointer over an item to show its name and function.

Lower the range of the onscreen keyboard in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a software instrument using the onscreen keyboard, click the small triangle to the left of the keys to lower the range by one octave.

Quickly solo a track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to quickly solo a track, select the track, then press S on your keyboard.

Add notes in the Piano Roll Editor in GarageBand

When editing tracks using the Piano Roll Editor in GarageBand, Command-click anywhere in the Piano Roll Editor to add a note.

Filter loops in GarageBand

In GarageBand, click the pop-up menu at the top of the Loop Browser to filter loops, choose which loops to display, or display all available loops.

Zoom out in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press Command-Left Arrow to zoom out.

Send a project or song to a nearby Mac in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to send a project or song to a nearby Mac using AirDrop, choose Share> AirDrop, then select Project or Song, then click Share.

Show automation curves in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to show the automation curve for a track, select the track, then press the A key on your keyboard.

View full-page notation in a GarageBand lesson

When playing a lesson in GarageBand, to view notation in full-screen, two-page view, click the Notation View button in the upper right corner, then choose "Full Page" from the pop-up menu.

Search for loops by name in GarageBand

In GarageBand, in the Loop Browser, to search for loops by name, enter a search term in the search field, then press Return.

Turn on or off the metronome in GarageBand

To turn on or off the metronome in GarageBand, click the Metronome button in the control bar, or press K on your keyboard.

Show the Track Editor in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to show the track editor for a selected track, click the Editors button in the control bar, or choose View> Show Editor, or press E.

Add an automatic fade-out in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to add an automatic fade-out to the end of your project, so that the sound gradually fades to silence, choose Mix> Fade Out.

Bend the pitch down in Musical Typing in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a software instrument using Musical Typing, press 1 to bend the pitch down.

Set the playhead position via the LCD in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to set the playhead position via the LCD, click-hold any of the numbers in the Position display, then drag up or down.

Import an audio file in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to import a supported audio file into a project, drag it from the Finder to an audio track, or to an empty area below existing tracks.

Show the Media Browser in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press F to quickly show the Media Browser.

Mute multiple tracks in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to mute multiple tracks, click and hold any track's Mute button, then swipe over other tracks by dragging the pointer up or down.

Adjust a Drummer Editor preset in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to adjust the complexity and loudness of a Drummer Editor preset, drag the puck to a different position on the XY pad.

Unlock a locked track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to unlock a locked track, the click the lock button in the track header.

Stop recording in GarageBand

When recording in GarageBand, press R to stop recording.

View a lesson in left-handed view in GarageBand

When taking a guitar lesson in GarageBand, to view the lesson in left-handed view, click Setup, then click Show Fretboard and select "Left-handed".

Duplicate a track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to create a new track with the same settings as the selected track, choose Track> New Track With Duplicate Settings, or press Command-D.

Rename a region in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to rename a region in the Tracks area, Control-click the region, then choose "Rename Regions" from the shortcut menu.

Play a count-in before recording starts in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to have the metronome play a count-in before recording starts, click the Count-in button (1234) in the control bar.

Reset the keyword buttons in the Loop Browser in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to reset the keyword buttons in the Loop Browser back to their original positions, choose GarageBand> Preferences> Loops, then click Reset.

Quickly mute a track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to quickly mute a track, select the track, then press the M key on your keyboard.

Show the Musical Typing window in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to show the Musical Typing window, choose Window> Show Musical Typing, or press Command-K.

Rename a selected track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to rename a selected track, press Shift-Return, then type a new name and press Return.

Quickly jump to the beginning of a track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press the Return key to quickly jump to the beginning of a track.

Hide the Media Browser in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press F to hide the Media Browser, if it is showing.

Move tracks lower in the timeline in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to move tracks lower in the timeline, press and hold the track icon, track name, or an empty part of the track header, then drag the track down.

Return the project playback volume to a neutral value in GarageBand

In GarageBand, Option-click the Volume slider in the control bar to return the project playback volume to a neutral value (0 dB gain).

Add a movie to a GarageBand project

In GarageBand, to add a movie to your GarageBand project, choose File> Movie> Open Movie, then choose a movie file and click Open.

Import a MIDI file in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to import a MIDI file, drag the MIDI file from the Finder into an empty area below the existing tracks in the timeline.

Turn on or off the metronome in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to turn on or off the metronome, choose Control> Metronome, or press Command-U.

Start recording in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press R to start recording.

Move tracks higher in the timeline in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to move tracks higher in the timeline, press and hold the track icon, track name, or an empty part of the track header, then drag the track up.

Select multiple regions in the timeline in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to select multiple regions in the timeline, hold the Shift key as you click each region.

Set the audio resolution in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to set the audio resolution (quality) for recording and export, choose GarageBand> Preferences, then click Advanced and set Audio Resolution.

Show full-page notation in a Learn to Play lesson in GarageBand

In GarageBand, in the Play chapter of a Learn to Play lesson, press F on your keyboard to show full-page notation.

Change the LCD display in GarageBand

In GarageBand, click the icon on the left side of the LCD at the bottom of the window to show Chord, Time, Measures, or Tempo.

Change a track icon in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to change a track icon, select the track, then click the Track Info button, then click the track icon and choose a new one.

Show the Loop Browser in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to show the Loop Browser, choose Control> Show Loop Browser, or press Command-L.

Show piano notation for the right hand in GarageBand

In GarageBand, while taking a Learn to Play piano lesson, press the 4 key to show notation for the right hand.

Hide the Track Editor in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to hide the track editor, click the Editors button in the control bar, or choose View> Hide Editor, or press E.

Move up one octave in Musical Typing in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a Software Instrument using Musical Typing, press X to move up one octave.

Delete a selected track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to delete a selected track, choose Track> Delete Track, or press Command-Delete.

Jump to the end of the selected region in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to jump to the end of the selected region, press Function-Control-Right Arrow.

Quickly raise track volume in GarageBand

In GarageBand on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, select a track then rotate clockwise to raise its volume.

Move forward by the visible width of the timeline in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press Page Down (Fn-Down Arrow) to move forward by the visible width of the project timeline.

Move forward in a GarageBand project

In GarageBand, press the Right Arrow key to move forward in a project.

Create a new track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to create a new track in a project, press Command-Option-N.

Turn the metronome on or off in a GarageBand lesson

In GarageBand, when playing a Learn to Play lesson, click the metronome icon in the control bar to turn it on or off.

Quickly reset balance levels in GarageBand

In GarageBand, Option-click a track's balance knob to quickly reset its value back to zero.

View glossary topics in a Learn to Play lesson in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to view glossary topics in a Learn to Play lesson, click the Glossary button in the upper-right area of the lesson window.

Quickly unmute a track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to quickly unmute a muted track, select the track, then press the M key on your keyboard.

Move down one octave in Musical Typing in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a Software Instrument using Musical Typing, press Z to move down one octave.

Hide automation curves in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to hide the automation curve for a track if it is showing, select the track, then press the A key on your keyboard.

Move forward in larger increments in a GarageBand project

In GarageBand, press Option-Right Arrow to move forward in larger increments in a project.

Zoom out in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press Option-Control-Left Arrow to zoom out.

Show piano notation for the left hand in GarageBand

In GarageBand, while taking a Learn to Play piano lesson, press the 3 key to show notation for the left hand.

Raise a note by one semitone in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when viewing the musical score, to raise a note by one semitone, click the note in the staff then press the Up Arrow key.

Quickly jump to the end of the timeline in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to quickly jump to the end of the timeline, press Option-Z.

Show or hide the podcast track in GarageBand

When making a podcast in GarageBand, press Command-Shift-B to show or hide the podcast track.

Quickly unsolo a track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to quickly unsolo a track if it is soloed, select the track, then press S on your keyboard.

Loop a region continuously in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to loop a region continuously, select the region in the timeline, then press the O (not zero) key, or choose Control> Loop Region.

Move back in a GarageBand project

In GarageBand, press the Left Arrow key to move back in a project.

Transpose notes up one octave in a GarageBand musical score

In score view in GarageBand, click a staff note to select it then press Shift-Up Arrow to transpose the note up one octave.

Reposition a button in the Loop Browser in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to reposition an instrument or genre button in the Loop Browser, click and drag it to another location.

Move notes forward one measure in GarageBand

In score view in GarageBand, select some notes, then press Shift-Right Arrow to move the selected notes forward one measure in the score.

Join regions in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to join multiple Software Instrument regions into a single region, select the regions and choose Edit> Join.

Turn sustain on and off in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a Software Instrument using Musical Typing, press Tab to turn sustain on and off.

Send a song to iTunes from GarageBand

In GarageBand, after finishing a project, to send it as a song to your iTunes library, choose Share> Send Song to iTunes.

Raise the master volume in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press Command-Up Arrow to raise the current project's master volume.

Choose the next higher guitar preset in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press comma (,) when recording in an electric guitar track to choose next higher guitar preset.

Jump to the beginning of the selected region in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to jump to the beginning of the selected region, press Function-Control-Left Arrow.

Unmute all tracks in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to unmute all tracks, Option-click any track's Mute button.

Show piano notation for both hands in GarageBand

In GarageBand, while in a Learn to Play piano lesson, press the 5 key to show notation for both hands, left and right.

Add an automatic fade-out to a project in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to add an automatic fade-out to a project, gradually fading the sound to silence, choose Track> Fade Out.

Delete a region and move all following regions to the left in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to delete a selected region and move all following regions in the same track to the left, choose Edit> Delete and Move.

Choose the next lower guitar preset in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press period (.) when recording in an electric guitar track to choose the next lower guitar preset.

Use a Keynote slide as an image in a podcast in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to use a Keynote slide as an image in a podcast, drag and drop the slide's thumbnail from Keynote into the Podcast Track in GarageBand.

Duplicate a note in score view in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to duplicate a note in score view, press Option then drag the note head to a new position within the music notation.

Slow down a "Learn to Play" lesson in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when playing a "Learn to Play" lesson, drag the Speed slider in the bottom control bar to the left to slow down the lesson playback.

Move back by the visible width of the timeline in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press Page Up (Fn-Up Arrow) to move back by the visible width of the project timeline.

Adjust a track's volume slider in finer increments in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to adjust a track's volume level in finer increments, hold down the Shift key while you drag its volume slider.

Lower the master volume in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press Command-Down Arrow to lower the current project's master volume.

Add notes to notation in GarageBand

In score view in GarageBand, to add notes to the notation, first choose a note value from the Insert pop-up menu then Command-click in the staff to add it.

Duplicate a track in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to duplicate a track, creating a new track with the same instrument and effect settings, select it and choose Track> Duplicate Track.

Quickly lower track volume in GarageBand

In GarageBand on a Mac with a Multi-Touch trackpad, select a track then rotate counterclockwise to lower its volume.

Specify a loop as a favorite in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to specify a loop as a favorite, click the "Fav" checkbox for the loop in the results list in the Loop Browser.

Save instrument loops or movies inside of GarageBand projects

In GarageBand, to save Real Instrument loops or movies inside a project when saving, choose File> Save As and select Archive Project.

Quickly lock or unlock tracks in GarageBand

In GarageBand, select a track in a project, then press the L key to lock or unlock the selected track.

Precisely adjust the volume curve for tracks in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when raising or lowering a control point along a track's volume curve, hold Shift to adjust its value in finer increments.

Move notes back one measure in GarageBand

In score view in GarageBand, select some notes, then press Shift-Left Arrow to move the selected notes back one measure in the score.

Create an Apple Loop from a recording in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to create an Apple Loop from a recording, select a recorded region in the project timeline then choose Edit> Add To Loop Library.

Show tempo and key in the loop browser in GarageBand '11

In GarageBand '11, to show tempo and key in the loop browser, choose GarageBand> Preferences> Loops> Loop Browser> and select “Display original tempo and key”.

Prevent a track from being edited in GarageBand '11

In GarageBand '11, to prevent a track from being edited, choose Track> Show Track Lock, then click the lock button in the track's header.

Show a floating notepad in GarageBand '11

In GarageBand '11, to show a floating notepad, useful for keeping text notes about a project, its lyrics, etc., choose Window> Notepad.

Do a one-measure count-in before recording in GarageBand

When recording in GarageBand, choose Control> Count In to set the metronome to play a one-measure count-in before recording starts.

Move backwards in larger increments in a GarageBand project

In GarageBand, press Option-Left Arrow to move backwards in larger increments in a project.

Change the default tags for exported GarageBand projects

In GarageBand, to change your default tags for Playlist, Artist Name, etc. for projects exported into iTunes, choose GarageBand> Preferences> My Info.

Quickly reset volume levels in GarageBand

In GarageBand, Option-click a track's volume slider to quickly reset its value back to zero.

Zoom in GarageBand

In GarageBand, press Option-Control-Right Arrow to zoom in.

Transpose notes down one octave in a GarageBand musical score

In score view in GarageBand, click a staff note to select it then press Shift-Down Arrow to transpose the note down one octave.

Quickly jump to the beginning of the timeline in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to quickly jump to the beginning of the timeline, press the Z key.

Rename a region of a GarageBand project

In GarageBand, to rename a selected region, choose Control> Show Editor then double-click the region's name at the top of the Editor.

Use Easy View mode in a GarageBand piano lesson

In a GarageBand '09 "Learn to Play" piano lesson, press "E" on your Mac keyboard for "Easy View" mode, showing the note names in the score and on the keyboard.

Unsolo all tracks in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to unsolo all tracks, Option-click any track's Solo button.

Use GarageBand to tune your guitar

When taking a Learn to Play guitar lesson in GarageBand '09, click the "Tuner" button in the upper right corner of the window to show the built-in guitar tuner.

Select related loops in the GarageBand timeline

In GarageBand, after placing a loop into the timeline, click the arrows next to the loop's name to select from other loops in its family.

Lower a note by one semitone in GarageBand

In GarageBand, when viewing the musical score, to lower a note by one semitone, click the note in the staff then press the Down Arrow key.

Increase the size of the software keyboard in GarageBand

When using the software keyboard in GarageBand (via the Window> Keyboard menu), click and drag the keyboard's lower right corner to increase its size.

Open "Learn to Play" lessons in GarageBand as projects

When taking a Learn to Play lesson in GarageBand '09, click the "Open in GarageBand" button to open the lesson as a new, fully-editable GarageBand project.

Print sheet music from GarageBand

To print sheet music notation from a Software Instrument track in GarageBand, view the track in the Track Editor, click the Score button, then print.

Quickly duplicate items in the GarageBand timeline

In GarageBand, press the Option key while dragging any item in your project to automatically duplicate the item within the project’s timeline.

Split regions of tracks in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to split a region of a track, click on the track to select it, slide the playhead to where you want the split to occur and then choose Edit> Split.

Change a button in the Loop Browser in GarageBand

In GarageBand, to change a button in the Loop Browser to a different instrument or genre, Control-click it and choose an option from the pop-up menu.