GarageBand for iOS

Basic of Bass Programming

Posted by Sponge K. on October 14, 2019

What is Garageband for iOS?

GarageBand for iOS

GarageBand is Apple's music creation software for MAC and iOS. It is Free, and pre-installed to many of iOS products. So everyone using iOS can jump into and start from now.

There are many Apps (Gadgets) of DAW for iOS, which I tried many of them, GarageBand is one of the bests for beginners. Those are some reasons why it is so popular.

  • Free of charge: It is quite essential for young students and their parents to try new things.
  • Learn Music Production: GarageBand is a package of fundamental instruments, so that we can learn and experience whole process of music production.
  • Apple's support: GarageBand has very good official online tutorial and it provides enough information to start with. You don't need to buy any books to start.
  • Many user communities: From children to adults, beginner to professional. There are many tutorial, YouTube contents created by those communities.

Official Online Tutorial

If you want latest version, you can check it on the link below.

Download GarageBand for iOS

Roles of Instruments

There are 3 fundamental elements consisting music: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. And each instrument and part is assigned to those 3 elements below.

InstrumentRole
VOCALMelody
KEYBOARDMelody
GUITARHarmony
BASSBridging Melody, Harmony, & Rhythm
DRUMSRythm

Role of Bass is quite unique. It can bridge Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm and make music organized and add thickness to the sound.

By bass' strong beat of root note of chord, bass can connect Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm, which other parts play, and add a favour to the music.

In this post, I focus on bass and introduce how to play.


How to play Bass on GarageBand

I introduce fundamental way of programming Bass track as same as playing real instrument.

As I wrote in "Role of Bass", Bass bridges Melody and Rythm. Therefore making sound of Root Note of Chord is fundamental play style of the Bass.

  • Start GarageBand
  • Select Bass
  • Select TRACKS and Notes.


  • If you tap Four-Vertical-Bars, the mode is switched from Notes to "Smart Bass". In this article we use Notes, so tap again to switch back to Notes.


  • Notes of C(3), D, E, F, G, A, B, C(4) are assigned on 1st to 5th flet.


  • Same notes are assigned on 7th to 10th flet as well.


  • Now let's make sound! Not to pluck but just to tap/touch string to make sound. Strength of tapping affects loudness of sounds. Mainly playing with Forefinger of right and left, but you can use other fingers as the YouTuber plays.


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